Category : Blog

Climbing / Blog - 6 months ago

Learn This: Build a Quad Anchor

A quad anchor built on two bolts.The “quad” offers a strong, fast, redundant, simple anchor when distributing forces between pieces is a high priority. Note that the quad will extend slightly should either side fail, making it best suited for routes...

Climbing / Blog - 6 months ago

Beginner Crack Climbing Tips From Will Stanhope

[embedded content]Ever wonder how to climb up a crack in the rock, instead of on defined holds? To the gym or sport climber, it can seem daunting at first, but once you get the hang of it, a solid handjam will feel like a bomber jug. Here, accomplish...

Climbing / Blog - 6 months ago

That One Time: Double Vision

Illustration: Sarahjane BernhiselThe old quip goes that an alpinist’s finest asset is a short memory. Without it, you’d never revisit the world of cold, wet, and scared. But I knew I would remember this climb, an icefall that spilled hundreds of feet...

Climbing / Blog - 6 months ago

Noon Patrol: The Wrong Way to Have Fun

Some climbers wake before dawn to climb at empty crags. Kevin Corrigan sleeps in and shows up when those people go home. Noon Patrol is his monthly column about how climbers should have more fun, be nicer, and take the sport less seriously. For Kevin...

Climbing / Blog - 6 months ago

Funny: Pull—A Story About Lead Climbing

[embedded content]According to this video, which is like a filmed distillation of Unbelayvable, we called it "a brilliant look at the future of climbing." We don't remember saying that, but we'll take their word for it."Pull follows one of the top le...

Climbing / Blog - 6 months ago

The Story Behind 3 Standout Climbing Photos

Take a look behind the scenes of three of the year’s standout climbing photographs in the categories of action, scenic, and portrait. Here, the photographers who took them share what went into each image, as well as their tips and tricks for nailing...

Climbing / Blog - 6 months ago

Behind the Scenes of Alex Honnold's Freerider Free Solo

Honnold on his 2011 solo of Cosmic Debris (5.13b), Yosemite. Photo: Mikey Schaefer“So stoked. I just sent the proj!” Alex Honnold said in a voicemail from El Capitan on June 3. “Hiking down the East Ledges. Thanks for the support up here this season...

Climbing / Blog - 6 months ago

The Crack Generator 3000

[embedded content]Meet the new standard for crack training: the Crack Generator 3000. The machine can create cracks of all sizes (that's where the name comes from), from small fingers to a full-on chimney. The machine was created by Gerke Hoekstra an...

Climbing / Blog - 6 months ago

Learn This: Protect Your Belay, Protect Your Belayer

When the weather’s good and the rock is calling, it’s easy to tie in and rush into climbing. But first, think about the belay. If your belayer’s not safe or stable, neither are you—whether you’re sport, trad, single-, or multi-pitch climbing. No matt...

Climbing / Blog - 6 months ago

Re-Gram: Show Us Your Duffle Shuffle

Photo: Andrew BurrPacking sleeping bags, espresso maker, cams, headlamps, crash pads, quick draws, ropes, shoes, and all the other gear for a climbing trip translates to lots of bags and the inevitable Duffle Shuffle, when they have to be transported...

Climbing / Blog - 6 months ago

Can Climbing Be Used to Treat Depression?

Photo: Andrew BurrThe lichen-stained granite fingers of the Needles, in the southern Sierra Nevada of California, rise menacingly out of the tall conifers that flank the spiny ridge. But for pro climber Ethan Pringle, it’s on the hard, sustained trad...