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Climb Safe: The Skinny on Super Light Ropes
You don’t have to have an apple konk you on the head to realize that as climbers our greatest enemy is gravity, and that gravity’s minion is weight. Defeating gravity by getting lighter, both in terms of ourselves and our gear, is in fact one of our favorite pastimes.
John Long: A Confederacy of Dunces
Navigating Commercial Hoopla On A Bellyful Of Bad Fish
I landed in Austin on July 3rd at 7 p.m. The pilot announced that it was 101 degrees. The heat index was 109.EP, a droll Irish Texan, son of a cop, mi...
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.
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.
CAMP Stratos Harness
Nothing's more repulsive than back sweat, especially my own. Unfortunately, climbing in the summer inevitably means you will sweat like a pig in a monkey suit.
Back: Herniated Disc
I'm 34 and have three herniated discs in my back (prior to starting climbing, nine months ago). I have degenerative disc disease, a narrow spinal column and no promise that surgery will help.
Periodized Training For the Year-round Approach
Most long-term training programs attempt to coordinate physical, mental and skill cycles to produce a period of peak performance.