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On the Beaten Path
Today is going to be a good day. You’re going climbing. And you want to get to the base of the climb or boulder field as quickly as possible. But taking the most direct route to your destination can severely impact the environment. Going off trail, cutting switchbacks, an...
Tread Lightly to Protect Access
Climbing, once an obscure activity with few participants, has become a mainstream form of outdoor recreation. And our impact on the environment and others around us is under increasing scrutiny. As climbers, we must show a healthy respect for the places and policies where...
Raptors: Understanding Climbing Restrictions
The defining moment of a climb might just as likely be the glimpse of a rare raptor gliding overhead as a particularly difficult sequence of moves. As climbers, we gain a unique perspective on the world and on the wildlife that inhabits vertical spaces. This intimacy with...
It’s a hotly contested topic among climbers, not far behind the “to bolt or not to bolt” debate. We aren’t here to condemn or condone, but to offer some insight on when and where it’s legal to bring your dog and some guidelines for appropriate crag dog behavior.
Poop: Waste Disposal Strategies
Everybody does it. Whether you’re cragging, hanging off the side of a big wall, or making your way across a glacier, poop happens. But did you know that the improper disposal of human waste can threaten access? Land managers don’t look kindly on human feces coming in cont...
Learn the Basics of Rappelling
Getting to the top of any route is a success, but it also means one thing: You’re only halfway there. To descend single- and multi-pitch routes, rappelling is an excellent option that gets you down quickly and puts minimal wear on fixed anchors. The process of rappelling ...
Julie Ellison at Climbing Magazine
How to Avoid Lightning When Rock Climbing
It happens to the best (and even the fastest) of us. Hundreds of feet off the deck, you suddenly find yourself trapped, pinned down by an ugly beast spitting white-hot lightning and drowning the rock. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees when dealing with objective haza...
Matt Samet at Climbing Magazine
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Dynos
Call them what you will—“sloppy,” “desperate,” “intimidating,” “amazing”—but dynamic moves are essential to our repertoire. The first climber to dyno? Who knows, but John Gill certainly got the ball rolling with his powerful, dynamic style in the late 1950s. Chris Sharma’...
By Matt Samet at Climbing Magazine
Good Pooping Practices
Shit happens. The average person generates just more than one pound of poop every day, according to the World Health Organization. As the number of people visiting crags grows, so do the pounds of poo left behind. This requires some strategic practices. Few things are as ...
Laura Snider at Climbing Magazine
Care for Your Climbing Shoes
Climbing your best means paying attention to footwork before the rubber touches rock. Revive your footwork in three steps: get the right rock shoes, treat those shoes like your firstborn, and give your feet some TLC along the way. See? Your edging is looking better alread...
Kate Nelson at Climbing Magazine