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Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Featured, Features, Gear Reviews, In gear we trust, Tips | 0 comments

August: In gear we trust

August: In gear we trust

Got a pair of shoes for x and another for y and z? A bombproof climbing pack? For the love of granite, can anyone recommend a pair of pants that will hold up to off-widths and chimneys? In August, we want to know about your gear. What do you throw in your bag for every adventure? What did you try – because everyone loves it – and hate? What piece did you splurge on? We hope you’ll share your reviews and stories with us to help other climbers scout the products that will make their future experiences safer and more fun. We want to hear about all kinds of gear – technical to non-technical, formal to jerry-rigged. How do you take care of trash at the crag? Do your kids have climbing go-bags?As always, the only limit is your imagination. (Please review real things.) If you use it, chances are someone else needs to hear about it. Like me. I really am looking for a more durable pair of pants!...

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Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Climbing News, Featured, Interviews, Tips | 0 comments

Toronto women know how to boulder

Toronto women know how to boulder

Hillary Newkirk and Alison Sexton live and climb in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They compete on Joe’s B Team at Joe Rockhead’s Climbing Gym, where the two started talking about women’s issues in climbing. “Alison and I … realized that a lot of what we were talking about was related to women and climbing and our perspective (0f) participating in an often male-dominated sport,” Hillary told RCW. A clinic, they thought, would introduce more women to bouldering and help them build technique and strength while talking about what it means to be a rock climbing woman. “We set to work planning a beginner clinic where there would be a space to talk about women’s issues and expand people’s comfort zones. We hoped that people would make friends and connections along the way, connecting them to the unique and inspiring climbing community at Joe Rockhead’s,” Hillary said. Joe’s is filled with helpful people who welcome climbers of all skill levels, she said. “We approached other women in the gym to help, and they were quick...

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Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Featured, Interviews, Tips | 0 comments

Clinic teaches safe ways to ‘get down’

Clinic teaches safe ways to ‘get down’

It’s true that most climbing accidents happen on the descent. “It’s human error,” said Tracy Martin, an AMGA Certified Rock Guide in Las Vegas. Tracy took a small group into Red Rock Canyon’s Calico Basin to brush up on skills associated with getting down from a climb. The clinic came out of a conversation during a Rock Climbing Women beer night in Vegas where discussion turned to rappelling. Tracy was surprised to realize some women there didn’t use an autoblock to back up a rappel. So they made a plan to learn together. Six climbers joined Tracy at the clinic in June where they practiced setting and cleaning anchors on boulders on the ground, then rappelled horizontally. Don’t let your guard down. Here are some tips from Tracy: 1. Slow down. When you’re cleaning an anchor at the top of a climb, setting a rappel or preparing to be lowered, go through the entire process slowly enough to catch any mistakes. The climber should be secured to two points at all times, Tracy said....

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