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Climb Safe: The Dangers of Short Static Falls
CRACK! The jolt back onto the bolt, into which you are still quickdraw-tethered, stuns you. You only fell two feet, but your neck is stiff and your innards feel like they’ve been kicked by a mule.
John Long: Legends of the Mind
Calling Buhl on the famous mountaineer’s truisms
In the Land of Myths
It's a long way to the runout routes of Meteora, a climbing area as ancient as Greek myth.
Alex Johnson - The Pro Life and Growing Up as a Climber
Alex Johnson bought a trad rack. She admits that she doesn’t know how to use it yet, but is excited to learn. She's been one of the biggest names in competition bouldering for almost a decade, but now, she’s ready to move on.
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.
Asana Throne and Lilly Pad Review
If I were obsessed with pads, say, sitting upright in bed at 2:17 a.m., debating the merits of taco versus hinged folds, I'd jot down the features that, in addition to the basics of foam and straps, every bouldering pad should have. The list would go:
Knee: Synovial Cartilage Damage
A year and a half ago I fell mountaineering, banged my right kneecap and couldn’t walk for two weeks. I saw a doctor, who said that I had lost cartilage. For the past year my knee has constantly throbbed.
Attack and Defend - Tips for Effective Resting
There is no escaping the pump, but many climbers are too quick to blame a lack of endurance for their aching forearms. The key to mastering the endurance style lies in spotting rests and effectively utilizing them.
Climbing Skin Care
First, you must build up a tough skin base, which comes from simply climbing. Knowing when your skin feels thin and weepy, or that you are developing a crack or flapper is important too - stop climbing when you feel the onset of a problem. Best to nip it in the bud before it becomes chronic. A deep crack in a pad or joint crease, for instance, can pester you for an entire season.