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Climb Safe: Rappelling - Surviving Climbing's Diciest Business
Climb long enough and you’ll have a close encounter ... or several. Of the myriad ways to kill yourself climbing, rappelling is the quickest, but also the easiest to safeguard.
John Long: Mountains of Trouble
The cement-bucket drop test, swami belts and the beginning of the end of a fabled climbing club.
2009 season highlighted by the first free ascent of Cerro Capicúa, 4,000-foot 5.12d.
A storm was a'brewin.' I felt it in my trick knee well that, and I was with Dave Graham in Calgary, Canada, where it had rained for three days, which translates to no climbing. It might get ugly. Dave is a fiery ball of motivation and determination, and if he doesn't have an outlet, and fast, there's gonna be trouble.
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.
Cheap Holds Mini Board Review
Everyone liked the concept behind this board: small, simple and inexpensive. Not only does this tiny, 4.5-by-18.5-inch unit sneak in where larger boards can't, it's compact enough to toss in the trunk.
Fingers: Cracked Fingertips
My fingertips keep splitting open. I moisturize and use additive-free chalk but my hands still dry out. Any suggestions?
Building a Better Climber: Phase 7 - Power Endurance Training
If you’ve stuck with the series so far, you ought to be feeling pretty fit by now, especially after the low-intensity endurance phase outlined last issue. If you’ve only just joined in, simply start with two weeks of low-intensity training, and then continue with the power-endurance training given below. As always, try to climb outside as much as possible and for best results, tie your crag sessions in with the program.
How do I Make a Bomber Anchor?
I work at a camp center in the Alps in France and we teach beginner climbers on one of the building's concrete walls. Until now we've used the iron beams as anchors (using a redundant sling set-up) for toproping, which is safe and works well, but it takes 40 minutes to rig.