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Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Beat the heat, Featured, Features, Tips | 0 comments

Find the shade

Find the shade

Willow Springs comes into the shade at 3! Tracy Martin, Facebook Finding shady climbs is a great way to keep climbing through the summer. “Avoid the heat of the day,” one climbing expert puts it. “If you’re on a climbing road trip and doing a lot of cragging, head for the cliffs in the cooler parts of the day – morning and evening. If you’re climbing in the afternoon, look for cliffs that go into shade.” As Tracy pointed out, Willow Springs in Red Rock Canyon has shade later in the day. The area’s climbs range from 5.6 to 5.11. It has bouldering and trad/sport climbing. As for areas where the Moutain Project climbing season chart shows aren’t good in the summer – like Joshua Tree or Moab or even Red Rocks – do you go anyway? How do you deal with the heat? Do you seek higher places or opt for a spot next to a great swimming hole? For anyone not dirt-bagging or on vacation, finding afternoon shade can...

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Posted by on Jun 27, 2015 in Beat the heat, Featured, Features, Tips | 0 comments

July: Beat the heat

July: Beat the heat

Hi everyone. It’s later in the week than I planned, but I have a good reason. I spent this week moving from Kentucky to Washington state. It was busy but here I am, breathing thinner air and unpacking. Thanks to this move, this is the third summer I’ve driven across the Midwest to this country’s mountainous areas. Usually I have to go home. Not any more! In honor of July, road trips, long weekends, destinations, and all the accompanying heat, we’ve decided to tell stories of summer throughout the month. We want to hear your tips and tricks for staying cool outside, like how you stay hydrated and fueled. We want to hear about your summer plans, too. Are you road-tripping to climb? Escaping early on a Friday? You can contribute to RCW in whatever way suits you. We have some ideas on our contributor’s page. If you want to give some advice but don’t want to write a full post, look for chances to comment on Facebook and...

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Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Featured, Personal Stories, Tips | 1 comment

How You Can Say, “I Rock Climbed a 5.10″

How You Can Say, “I Rock Climbed a 5.10″

Yup, it’s official! I can remember it like it was yesterday, climbing my first 5.10 outdoors in Holcomb Valley! My mind was blown with pure happiness and satisfaction! Ahhhh yes, reaching your goals is AWESOME! But sometimes, you hit road blocks and don’t end up reaching your goals. That SUCKS because you feel horrible, defeated, straight-up lame, and most likely embarrassed. I feel ya! I’ve totally been there, way too many times. I finally discovered the best approach to reaching your goals. Even better, this approach can be applied to anything. So, read on! Motivation makes you YO-YO! Motivation is AWESOME! It gives you that trigger that is necessary for making a change, but it SUCKS at helping us reach long-term goals. Let me explain why. Reaching my goal to climb a 5.10 has been a long journey for me. I first rock climbed back in 2007, talk about taking Y-E-A-R-S to reach this goal! This is because I was relying on motivation for the longest time. I would have this amazing burst of energy to kick butt at rock...

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