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Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Gear Reviews, Personal Stories | 0 comments

Here’s a New Year’s resolution for you

By Aimee Roseborrough Most of us have similar resolutions: eat better, train harder, be kinder, etc, but how about a resolution to help the earth and make your life easier? I’m talking about using a menstrual cup. You can decrease your impact on the earth by not using tampons and/or pads anymore! Menstrual cups have become slightly more mainstream recently and several companies make them. They’re designed to be reusable, so you don’t have the heaps of trash. Also, you don’t have to worry about toxic shock syndrome. Finally, when you’re climbing outside, you don’t have to deal with packing out your used feminine hygiene products. But aren’t they hard to use? Not really. There’s a bit of a learning curve and during that time, I would recommend using panty liners or Thinx period panties so as not to ruin your undies. You can find videos online with explicit directions. An Australian blogger detailed her first three months using a menstrual cup, which includes some encouragement if all of this sounds alarming. After 6 months...

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Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Featured, Features, Gear Reviews, In gear we trust | 0 comments

How I built my trad rack

How I built my trad rack

By Teresa Wasiak I dated a guy quite a long time ago who “climbed.” He is the one who introduced me to climbing, which consisted of him and his best buddy setting up a top rope and getting a bunch of people (usually girls) together to come out and give it a try. I gave it a try and I was hooked. While we were dating, he kept talking about learning how to lead sport or trad someday but didn’t feel confident enough with his partner. While he was visiting family in Oregon, he hit a huge going out of business sale on gear and bought a bunch of stuff. I didn’t know what any of this was at the time but I remember the HUGE pieces of metal on his apartment living room floor. We eventually broke up, and I was more devastated about losing a climbing contact than a boyfriend. Who was I going to climb with!?!?! Eventually, I made plenty of new friends and eventually those...

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Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Featured, Features, Gear Reviews, In gear we trust | 0 comments

Trango Cinch and Squid: Intuitive, essential

Trango Cinch and Squid: Intuitive, essential

By Aimee Roseborrough My two favorite pieces of climbing gear by far are the Trango Cinch and Squid (and no, I’m not sponsored by Trango!)   I’ve been climbing for over 15 years, so I’ve had lots of gear experience.  When the Gri-Gri first entered the scene, I tried it, but I felt dissatisfied with it’s lead-belaying performance.  I always found it difficult to give slack quick enough for clipping in a safe manner.  The Cinch solves this problem by allowing the belayer to keep a hand on the brake side of the rope while feeding slack without requiring some contrived rope position.   It’s even easier than feeding slack with an ATC.  Misuse with the Cinch can be dangerous, so experience is essential.  You must keep your hand on the brake side of the rope when feeding slack. With the Cinch, this is easy to do in a natural hand position.    I also would never be caught without the Squid. The Squid is a specialized piece of...

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