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Colorado Alpine Boulering 2016

tiletozo: Eyeing the next clip in Finale, Route: Apissima...

tiletozo:

Eyeing the next clip in Finale, Route: Apissima (6c+)

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when you approach your trad line by walking over the frozen sea,...

when you approach your trad line by walking over the frozen sea, then you’re probably in Sweden. #tradclimbing #crackclimbing #alpinism #sverige #klättring #uppsala #climbingphotography #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #climbinglife http://ift.tt/2dDjKuh

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Yosemite Valley next week

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grace–upon–grace: Micah Lunsford

grace–upon–grace:

Micah Lunsford

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guidedthroughmountains:

Things I am always down for no questions asked:

-Roadtrips

-Campfires

-Breakfast for dinner

-Hot coffee and good conversation

-Book shopping

-Naps 

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hàngmän. #climbing #silvapark #galtür...

hàngmän. #climbing #silvapark #galtür #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #bouldering #paznaun #tirol #visitaustria #bergwelten #mountainphotography http://ift.tt/2dIFcdm

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Long-Term Projecting: 7 Keys to Success

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prrdylady: Eyes on the prize and high ass heel hooks. So...

prrdylady:

Eyes on the prize and high ass heel hooks.

So excited for the mountain & adventure film festival this weekend!!

Illuminatrix V4, tramway.

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Climbing ropes get no respect. They get thrown off ledges, trampled by dogs and forgotten in cars on hot summer days. And despite all this abuse, we expect them to save our ungrateful butts every time we pitch off our project or blow the on-sight burn. And they do, every time, never breaking, always catching. So, it is with great pleasure that I get to write about the Roca Endurance 9.6mm, a rope that exceeded expectations with its excellent handling and outrageous durability.

Roca is a Spanish company that was founded in 1891 by Joan Roca Ballesta. They soon became the leading Spanish rope manufacturer with most of their production consumed by the commercial market and navy. Then, in 1963, they started making braided polyamide climbing ropes. UIAA endorsement was obtained in 1970 and they are currently ISO 9001 certified.

My first impression of the Endurance 9.6mm, 70 meter non-dry (80 meter available in 2017) was echoed by everyone that laid eyes on the glowing cord during its first few months of use, “Holly sweet jesus that rope is bright!” Imagine vibrating electric yellow that is so defiant you’d think it was plugged into an electrical outlet. Interestingly, the glow seemed strangely pleasing and a number of people went out of their way to ask for the rope’s make and model. Now, six months on and one washing later, the Endurance’s pigment has matured into a more subdued, almost greenish shade reminiscent of oak tree leaves.

Roca builds the rope with their Endurance technology that they say will increase its life by 60%. Part of the magic is the sheath’s one-over-one weave pattern. This tight construction method keeps dirt from penetrating the rope’s surface, gives the Endurance a soft hand, and reduces carabiner and rock friction.

In the field, I found all these claims to be true. The rope’s soft and flexible nature mitigated drag and made clipping gear and belaying buttery smooth, while repetitive leader falls, abrasive rappels and monkeying around on top-rope did little to nick the sheath. These observations were not just my own as friends who climbed on the Endurance consistently commented on its ease of clipping and light overall feel.

After six months of use that included a spring Eldorado Canyon season, numerous sport climbing days in the South Platt and Western Slope, and one 1500′ alpine limestone free climb, the Endurance is showing some minimal sheath wear but not nearly the level of surface fuzz, nicks or shape deformation that I would expect. Going forward, I have no doubt that it will easily outlast a fall sport climbing season. So, if you’re in the market for a high-performance, durable, all-around rope that dishes out the feel of a lighter, skinnier cord, make sure to take a close look at the Roca Endurance 9.6mm.

But wait, there’s more! Are you a store looking to carry the Endurance? Know that Five Ten recently became the exclusive North American Distributor of Roca ropes, Alien camming units and Fixe climbing hardware. For the last 26 years, these three brands have up been managed in the US by Kevin Daniels under the Fixe Hardware banner. Kevin will play a vital role in facilitating this collaboration and oversee the expansion of the climbing accessory product line for Five Ten.

For more information, please contact Five Ten’s communications director, Nancy Bouchard. For customer inquiries, pleases contact Five Ten Customer Service.

Retail: $189.95 (70m, non-dry) (Full Dry is $239.95)

Dave Sheldon has been writing tech pieces and equipment reviews for the outdoor industry for over 15 years. When he’s not climbing around Boulder or burning valuable resources commuting to Rifle Mountain Park, he’s hard at work in his Rolfing practice. Dave can be reached through his website

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Roger Schaeli, one of the best and toughest big wall climbers out there, had a presentation at the Kalymnos Festival about his ground-up FA of Oddyssee on Eiger. He started the big project back in 2009 and it actually involved building a small house next to the big wall. After the slide show we had a discussion on how the media should explain the difficulty of the 1 400 metre long route beside saying that the hardest pitches were 8a+. In practice, he agreed that it could be possible to actually try and give overall grades for such routes in order to explain and present them to the media and climbers. As he has done 8cs pretty quick it might be more fair to compare Oddyssee with a 9a route. - The 8a+ grade might not be so impressive but the adventure grade is. We could gather a group of experienced big wall climbers and try to set up a way to explain an overall grade difficulty system. Another subject was ethics and how some guys actually used cheating stick when going for a big wall. - As long as you are honest about your style, everything is fine. But surely, it is not the same adventure to stick clip your way up instead of taking long falls.

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sierrablaircoyle:

The run and jump clap bat hang :p Shenanigans of the day!

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spielplatz. #silvapark #mountainphotography #bergwelten...

spielplatz. #silvapark #mountainphotography #bergwelten #visitaustria #tirol #paznaun #bouldering http://ift.tt/2dUVbDx

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“everything is a sign, just depends on how you’re looking at it.”
- Cirino (via kushandwizdom) (via kushandwizdom)

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“In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you.”
- Andrea Dykstra (via delta-breezes)

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“It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.”
- Krishnamurti (via thecalminside)

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“I’m in love with you because you make me feel safe. It sounds corny and vague. People always talk about feeling safe with someone and you wonder what it even means. I still don’t really know. All I know is that when I’m with you, I feel like I’m clutching a giant thing of pepper spray or reliving a moment of being carried to bed by my parents when I was five years old and fell asleep in front of the television. All day long, I can feel fragile, like a raw nerve, and when I come home to you, it’s like I just put on the thickest winter coat and installed bulletproof windows in my apartment. ‘Honey, I’m home…and no longer terrified.”
- Ryan O'Connell,This is Why I’m in Love With You  (via wordsnquotes)

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Backside of the set - Andrea Chenier

Backside of the set - Andrea Chenier

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beautiful-wildlife: Owl by Stefano Ronchi

beautiful-wildlife: Owl by Stefano Ronchi

beautiful-wildlife:

Owl by Stefano Ronchi

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briancdickinson:

Walking the ridge filming a scene for an upcoming movie series. #BlindDescent #adventure

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Curves for days #goosenecksstatepark #outdoorwomen #sheexplores ...

Curves for days #goosenecksstatepark #outdoorwomen #sheexplores (at Goosenecks State Park)

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Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale

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