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Climb Safe: Top Roping is Not So Safe
Toproping is so safe it’s virtually foolproof, right? Think again. Just a brief belay lapse can produce high loads, testing the holding power of your gear. In this week's Climb Safe, Rock and Ice field-tests real-world climbing scenarios.
TNB: The Only Blasphemy
John Bachar laces up his boots and cinches the sling on his chalk bag. “Ready?” Only then do I realize he means to climb all two thousand feet solo, without a rope. To save face, I agree, thinking: Well, if he suggests something too crazy, I’ll just draw the line. I was the first to start soloing out at Josh anyhow.
Bouldering and sport climbing at the mystical Peruvian hotspot Hatun Machay.
Kyle Dempster and friends had been moving for 14 hours on the unclimbed Xuelian West, a 6,400-meter peak in the Tien Shan, when he found himself on an M6 pitch at 17,000 feet, spindrift ripping down all around, and his last cam 20 feet below his boots.
A Sport for All Ages
At this the most lovely old man got up at the furthest and humblest end of the hall, as he had got up on all similar occasions for the past half-century.
Gear Review: The Lifeproof iPhone Case
Climbing is inherently hazardous to the life of your precious iPhone, due to the wild environments and heights that we expose the fragile electronic device to. Not to worry, a case manufacturer by the name of Lifeproof has you covered.
Fingers: Cortisone for Tendon Injuries
I recently had a cortisone shot in the tendon of my middle finger to burst some type of cyst that formed after an injury. It feels much better now and I am climbing after a three-week rest, but I am curious if the tendon will return to full strength?
Best Ratio of Resting to Bouldering
What is the optimal ratio of rest days to climbing days to train specifically for bouldering?