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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.
John Long: On the Road
And you thought your last climbing trip was tough.
The ring of a hammer hitting a drill bit bounced down Gunsight Gully in Yosemite. Mad Dog's mullet flapped in the breeze as he swore about having to sink another bristler. Balanced at a small stance with the help of two hooks, Mad Dog (née Dana Drummond) wailed on the drill.
The Guy Whose Nuts Revolutionized Climbing: R.P.
R.P. The initials are iconic. For climbers they conjure up all kinds of memories: tiny brass wires sitting new on your rack, shiny and angular and coated in a light sheen of oil...
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.
Osprey Stratos 40
IF THE OSPREY Stratos 40 were a person, you’d probably hate him—this pack does it all really well.
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.
The Secrets of Warming Up
I understand the importance of getting pumped as part of your warm-up for onsighting, but what is the best way to warm up?