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AAC Universal Belay Standard - Part 1
AAC Universal Belay Standard - Part 1
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Weekend Whipper: Squamish Cheese Grater
Weekend Whipper: Squamish Cheese Grater

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John Long: Mountains of Trouble
The cement-bucket drop test, swami belts and the beginning of the end of a fabled climbing club.
El Cajon Climbing Crag Bolts Chopped
San Diego's premier crag, El Cajon, has been targeted by an individual bent on removing or destroying fixed anchors and bolts. According to local Chris Hubbard, who co-authored the San Diego County Climbing Guide with Dave Kennedy, the vandal has chopped 16 100-foot sport pitches at El Cajon and several routes at Mission Gorge.
Benjamin Strohmeier
For someone who was born without a sense of smell, and especially for a young dirtbag climber who lived out of his van, Ben Strohmeier kept himself remarkably free of offensive funk. Whether he was washing his beloved dog just in case she stinks, or asking someone to pick out a nice deodorant for him the day before his girlfriend arrived, he paid great attention to this particular detail.
TNB: American Dirtbag
Where are all the dirtbags? I'm not talking about these imposter dirtbags, the new-age lurkers taking up all the parking spots at Camp 4, Indian Creek and Miguel's Pizza with their pimped-out, Direct TV-receiving Sprinter vans that look like college dorm rooms on 26s.
Big Agnes Women's Hot Sulphur Belay Jacket
Was it an “aha” moment? Or just a duh? For years the manufacturer Big Agnes (named for a peak near Steamboat Springs, Colorado) has been making sleeping bags, its watchword being “comfortable.” One day somebody got the idea to wrap those solid sleeping bags around us as jackets.

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