We’ve all been afraid of falling at some point. We’ve all heard stories of fatal climbing accidents. We know about the risks and take the time to assess them. But we all perceive things differently.
We aren’t just talking about a shoe (sandal?) that can walk through rivers and up mountains with general ease. We are talking about a status symbol that you choose to wear on your feet. Nothing says “I care more about function than style” like strapping on some kicks designed in the paleolithic era and shit … Continue reading Hashtag Chaconation: Liberate Your Toes, Liberate Your Soul
Back in July, Justin and I made our way out to Lander, Wyoming for the 25th annual International Climbers Festival. I have a serious case of imposter syndrome and I know that I’m not exactly what you would call a “crusher”. I mean, I just started climbing a little more than a year ago and … Continue reading How I Learned to Climb: Humble Beginnings and Headspace
Unless you’re Alex Honnold, climbing typically involves two people. And if you already have a partner in life, chances are you’ll want them to be your partner on the wall as well. But what if you fall in love with someone who has no idea how to climb? You have three choices: Leave ‘em, deal … Continue reading Teaching Your Girlfriend to Climb
How often do you see someone with a helmet on and think to yourself, “What a loser!?” If you’re anything like me, it’s probably never. I tend to think that if someone is wearing a helmet, they’re probably doing something dangerous and that they’re a badass. The idea that helmets are lame is a childish … Continue reading Rock climbing: To Helmet or Not to Helmet?
“Off belay!” “That’s me!” “On belay!” “Climb when ready!” Paired with a name, these become some of the basic verbal communications used on the wall between climber and belayer. Other than the rope and a couple pieces of protection, communication is the next most important thing to keep between each other. Communication on the wall … Continue reading Climb Safe: Planning and Communication on the Wall
Living in a van leaves you with a very limited amount of storage space. However, having limited space does NOT mean you need to have a limited rack. It may not be the world's largest gear collection, but what I do have, fits comfortably in the back of my vehicle/home and has given me plenty … Continue reading Trad Climbing: It’s Not the Size of the Rack, But How You Use it.
It’s early February in Joshua Tree National Park. A light breeze whips my shirttail around and causes my already aching legs to tighten a bit more. There is nothing but the slight friction between rubber and rock that is keeping me in place. I hyperfocus on my breathing, desperately moving my hands from bump to … Continue reading My First Lead Climb: Ignorance and Triumph
Hi! Nice to meet you, I’m Lauren. I’m the one who came along and surprised Justin with a serious relationship after he chose a twin size bed for his van's buildout. (Okay, it’s actually slightly smaller than a twin size bed. I was being generous.) Anyway, it's very cuddle-y. And don’t forget, Achilles is a … Continue reading A man, a van, and a dog: How they stole my heart
Traditional rock climbing is a quickly evolving art in a modern world. Sadly, a growing demographic of climbers don't think it's worth the risk involved. But is it really that dangerous? Or are people just becoming too accustomed to the safe environment provided to us by gyms and sport climbing? Regardless, that's not what this … Continue reading Becoming a Trad Climber: A Rite of Passage