Category : Climbing

Climbing / Blog - 6 months ago

Mexico Rocks! Exploring 5 Crags Near Mexico City

As our van pulled into the wooded cul de sac, we could see many ropes hanging from gray, cobbled cliffs and dozens of climbers waiting their turn. Mexican hip-hop blared from a speaker somewhere up the hill. Cries of mátala! and venga! filtered throu...

Climbing / Blog - 6 months ago

Ryuichi Murai Sends Magic Wood's Hardest Boulders

[embedded content]When Ryuichi Murai headed to Switzerland's Magic Wood he was clearly on a mission. Despite rain, the Japanese climber check off an insane list of hard boulders in the storied forest, including two V15s and three V14s. Tick list:In S...

Climbing / Blog - 6 months ago

Peaches Preaches: Battling the Bubble

"You walk without a sense of purpose," a Berkeley bar manager once told James "Peaches" Lucas before firing him. A dedicated climber who spent 15 years living out of caves, tents, and then a Saturn station wagon to pursue the sport, Lucas stumbles th...

Climbing / Blog - 6 months ago

How to Identify Bad Climbing Bolts

When we encounter a bolt, we have no idea whether it’s good, bad, or just ugly. The reality is, bolts can fail due to metal fatigue, oxidation, improper placement, or hidden internal processes like stress corrosion cracking (SCC), in which tiny fissu...

Climbing / Blog - 6 months ago

Grasping at Draws: Inside Out

Conrad Frausto climbs at Jailhouse Rock, California, where the author would be if he wasn’t deskbound. Photo: Andrew BurrBack in 2006, a mere six months after I reached the legal drinking age, and two days into my internship at a climbing magazine du...

Climbing / Blog - 7 months ago

Training With Adam Ondra: Bouldering as a Training Tool

[embedded content]In episode two of Adam Ondra's training series, he explains why bouldering is important an training tool. After all, if you can't do the hardest move in your project, you will fail, regardless of how much endurance you have. Things...

Climbing / Blog - 7 months ago

Profile: Tara Kerzhner—A Study in Contrast

Photo: Tara Kerzhner“Knock-knock,” Tara Kerzhner said to me below The Eighth Day (5.13a), Rifle, Colorado’s endless, vertical, notoriously crimpy roadside testpiece. It was August 2013. Kerzhner, then 29, her husband, Greg, and I had spent most of th...