Friday, June 29, 2012

The Argument Against Aid Climbing

"We have a confirmed A5 pitch, here's the corpse - go..." - Chris Kalous

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Climbing R-rated Routes

For some reason there has been a fair amount of talk regarding falling on gear, and it isn't just about falling on gear but more about how n00bs learn how to trust gear. Of course, there is a lot of information and advice out there that people can sift through, and some of that advice is pretty good. However, sorting through the crap and the good advice is difficult, especially for a beginning trad leader.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Life in the Hamster Tube

Another post from Ethiopia from my friend Nico, who is living, working, and apparently bagging a few climbs along the way. But the biggest question is, did the dog run away for good, or is there more to the story than a load of bird shit at the bottom of a chimney?

Life in the Hamster Tube

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Wild Country Crack School

This is a series of great instructional videos put out by Wild Country to help beginners learn to climb crack. They're short, but they offer some decent advice on strategy and technique. The videos start with the thinnest cracks (fingers) and go to the widest (offwidths) before ending with how to protect cracks.