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Climb Safe: Retiring Old Ropes
To help make more climbers safer climbers, Rock and Ice has teamed up with Black Diamond Equipment to present the Climb Safe series. These articles aim to answer some of climbing's most common gear-related questions. Here, Kolin Powick, Black Diamond’s Director of Quality, and the crew look at retiring ropes.
John Long: What I've Learned
John Long, original Stonemaster and climbing's most popular writer, spills his guts.
What do sitting through an ice comp and a recital of Bach's Brandenburg concertos have in common? A: They seem brilliant after the fact, but during them you have to mainline espresso beans to stay propped upright.
The Suffer King
The closest approximation to king-crab fishing, Roger Strong says, is single-push alpine climbing.Only you can't take rest days in the Bering Sea, h...
A Short Walk With Whillans
The Legendary British Climber on the Eiger.
FIXE Anchor Stations
Climbers put A LOT of energy into going up. Coming back down is an afterthought, a fact often reflected in our hodgepodge of raggedy-assed, jury-rigged rappel stations that can range from confusing messes of tat to plant hangers to hardware-store chain and links. For shame!
Over the last couple of weeks my left pinky finger has gone numb, and there's a spot on my left wrist (palm up, right side, where the hand begins and the bone sticks out a little) where even the softest tap provokes pain through the pinky and ring finger. I can move the pinky, but it's asleep 24/7.
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.