Rock climbing has been an ever-evolving sport. Long gone are the simple days of static-rope leading with a bowline knot tied around your waist. The recent years have shown amazing technological advances in climbing protection which in turn has helped push the limits of our physical abilities. We now climb harder now than ever before. … Continue reading Climb Harder: How to Redpoint Smarter
Climbing gear (like food or income tax) is just another one of those expensive life necessities. Other than a sponsorship or scouring a bunch of classic 5.7’s after a holiday weekend, there aren’t many ways to score free gear. Luckily though, once a year, we have the Holiday season to help strong arm and coerce … Continue reading Climbing Gear: A Christmas Gift Guide (or just good gear to buy)
According to social media and other forms of inflated self-promotion, the vanlife is nothing but freedom. Wide open roads to drive on, national parks to get lost in, and hammocks strung (illegally) between Joshua trees to nap in. Every night is a new sunset and every day a new adventure. But when was the last … Continue reading Loneliness and Community Through the Vanlife
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?
If you Google “Top 5 Essentials for Living in a Van” (go ahead, do it), you’ll see list after list of useless items that you would barely call worth the space they take up. REI Chairs, cheesy cheap solar panels, garbage inverters, fluffy socks, Settler’s of Catan and all other types of stuff you wouldn't … Continue reading The Realistic Top 5 Essentials for Van Living
“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
Somebody once asked, “What mistakes did you make when building your van?” My answer was, “Literally everything.” Building out a van is hard. Things will go wrong. For me, it felt like everything went wrong. What makes the difference, though, is how we react to those mistakes. It’s easy to admit defeat or become discouraged … Continue reading 5 Ways I Went Wrong in my Van Build and What I Recommend.
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.