TNB: Big Wall Soloing Sustenance – Cookies vs. Bugs19-May-2015
While cookies have fueled Alex Honnold’s big wall solos and his 29th birthday challenge, 29-year-old Meghan Curry from El Paso, Texas plans to solo-aid climb the 26-pitch El Cap route Mescalito (5.7, A3) this fall surviving on … insects....19-May-2015
TNB: When Your Rope Falls Off—and 5 Ways to Prevent the Nightmare11-May-2015
Perched high, Joanne saw the rope snake out from her harness and pull off into the air. She screamed and grabbed at it futilely. ...11-May-2015
TNB: Before I Die - What Would Climbers Think?05-May-2015
Before I die, I want to...
What would you scrawl in that space if given the opportunity and a stick of chalk? Something about someone? Places you want to visit? Faces you yearn to climb?
TNB: Raphael Slawinski - Firsthand Account of Everest Earthquake27-Apr-2015
Raphael Slawinski, 48, is one of Canada’s leading alpinists. He was on the north side of Mt. Everest—attempting a new route on the Northeast Face—when the earthquake rocked Nepal on April 25. This is his account of the experience.
TNB: Point Break - Sharma, Andrada on the Big Screen21-Apr-2015
Chris Sharma is way too young for a midlife crisis, but there he was, strolling the aisles of this year’s Outdoor Retailer show with bright-gold hair. What?!
The peroxide look arose during nearly two months’ work in Venezuela, stunt-doubling for a remake of the classic 1991 surf film Point Break....21-Apr-2015
TNB: Muscle Shoals: Rock and Soul13-Apr-2015
There is a theory, which states that when Christopher Columbus sailed toward the Caribbean Islands, the Native Americans on the islands couldn’t see his ships approaching. This legend, popularized in the film “What the Bleep Do We Know,” postulates that humans are reality-creating beings … and when something exists beyond the scope of our known reality, it might as well not exist....13-Apr-2015
TNB: Naked Soloist is Saner Than Me06-Apr-2015
It was spring break last week and my wife took the boys to Florida to visit her grandmother. DR and Alison, my fellow sharks (editors) were cruising distant shorelines so it was just me and the then intern, Hayden Carpenter, holding down the Rock and Ice editorial edifice. I felt like a teenager whose parents have left him alone in the house with the keys to the car. The possibilities were dizzying.
TNB: The Hard Climb to Heaven25-Mar-2015
The Conga Line moved slowly up the north side of Mount Meru. Overhead, the Asian sun blazed on the windless day. Ahead, one of the Japanese stopped, turned and snapped a selfie. “Tourists!” I said to myself......25-Mar-2015
TNB: Summer Camp17-Mar-2015
As a climber, I found the opportunity too good to pass up. Free housing, free laundry service, three free meals a day. I would be teaching kids to climb at one of America’s premier (read: obscenely expensive) summer camps. As college graduation loomed, I couldn’t think of a better way to avoid getting a real job, so I accepted a position as a climbing instructor. I had no idea what I was getting myself into....17-Mar-2015
TNB: Suicide in Our Sights10-Mar-2015
Each of the last three years, in December, I have put together an online tribute to Climbers We Lost. Among two dozen from 2014 were three suicides....10-Mar-2015
TNB: Ethan Pringle's 10 Tips for Sending Your Project02-Mar-2015
Few feelings trump that glorious moment when, with an outstretched hand clutching a bite of rope, you clip the chains of a climb you have put serious effort and thought into. Though there is no easy way to climb to the top of your project, there are methods and tactics you can use that will help improve your success rate....02-Mar-2015
TNB: Hawaii Rocks: Totally Aloha24-Feb-2015
Rock and Ice Editor, Jeff Jackson, discovers some "magical" climbing in Hawaii....24-Feb-2015
TNB: PointGate: Why Comp Climbing Is Not The Future17-Feb-2015
I’ve been hearing about how comp climbing is the future of climbing for as long I’ve been writing about climbing. The gist of the argument posits that climbing as a sport and industry can’t grow unless it fully embraces (through financial support, ostensibly) competition climbing and comp climbers. And unless you buy into this argument, you—with your shortsighted and old-school mentality—are holding the sport back from reaching its full potential.
TNB: My First Epic10-Feb-2015
By 1981 I’d been climbing eight years and was embarrassed that I hadn’t yet done a route on El Cap. When my buddies Jimmy and “The Roach” said we should team up and climb the Nose, it was as if a beautiful woman had asked me to dinner....10-Feb-2015
TNB: Eight Ways to Avoid Braking Bad: The Art of the Soft Catch02-Feb-2015
I have several friends who attribute injuries—a sore shoulder, a broken ankle, a shin laceration on an overlap—to hard catches. Of course, the climber chooses a lead, and belayers can be blamed unfairly, but most climbers agree on the importance of a soft catch.
TNB: #Dawnwall and The Creation of Alex Honnlove27-Jan-2015
In the past few weeks, the climbing world has erupted like a super-caldera, spilling into the mainstream media from a phenomenon now known as #Dawnwall. Not to be confused with the Dawn Wall—a 5.14d on El Capitan—#Dawnwall is actually something less quantifiable and slightly more perplexing for climbers. But within the plethora of botched headlines and climbing faux pas permeating mainstream media, one little gem - Honnlove - stood above the rest in sheer comedic brilliance....27-Jan-2015
Climb Safe: How to Belay, Part 1
No commitment—not even the one to your SO—is as binding as that of the belay. When you hold the rope, your partner’s life is in your hands. Screw up this marriage and you give new meaning to the vow “till death do us part.”