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)
“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.
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
Lucky me! I recently received a new multipitch bag from Trango. And let me tell you, I had no idea how much difference a little bag like that could make. I’ve yet to have been lucky enough to take it out on any crazy alpine expeditions or anything crazy yet. However, my partner and I … Continue reading Review: Trango Ration Pack
The J-tree climbing season is right around the corner, and if you live in or around Southern California, chances are that you’re just as stoked as I am! Joshua Tree is a 1,200 square mile sea of orange granite with a rich history in the climbing community. Many of the greats cut their teeth (and hands) … Continue reading Climbing Season in Joshua Tree