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Tinos - A hot short visit

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tiletozo: Elena Chiappa in  Albenga, Italy

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Elena Chiappa in  Albenga, Italy

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This whole “responsibilities” thing has been...

This whole “responsibilities” thing has been bringing me down a bit recently. Today, I pulled on my long-term project pain free (and tape free!

This past summer I was lucky enough to get to hangout with professional skateboarder Jagger Eaton!

Check out my episode on Jagger Eaton’s Mega Life tomorrow night….

November 8 at 8:30 PM on Nickelodeon :)

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thedesignwalker: INFINITY PENDANT by John Pomp Studios

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INFINITY PENDANT by John Pomp Studios

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Anyone who has trained hard for or taken climbing seriously knows the constant risk of injury.  On TrainingBeta, we have also written extensively about all the antagonist exercises you should be doing to stave off climbing injuries before they happen. […]

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The More You Know…

A busy Saturday at Lime Kiln, Arizona Strip.

“People have no imagination for all the ways they can die. This is how we die, not finishing our knots and rappelling off the end of ropes!” – EH

Almost every spring, we spend a week or two in Red Rocks. I’ve got family there, and with basically every style of climbing you could ask for, it’s an ideal spot to get back in the swing of things for the spring season. It’s also incredibly popular, with all levels of climbers traveling to the sandstone mecca.

And that means you see shenanigans there that don’t tend to be as prevalent at crags that draw from a more elite crowd. The Roaring Fork Valley is kind of a weird place, in that most of the climbers here tend to be fairly experienced. You don’t see a lot of sketchy stuff out at the crags, and so when traveling to a place like Red Rocks or the Gunks, these things really stand out. Maybe everyone else is just desensitized to it, but there’s some dangerous stuff going on out there!

We were climbing with our friend Emily who lives in Vegas, and she was commenting about an Enormocast episode where the discussion touched on people who got offended because someone wanted to check their knot. She couldn’t believe this would ever be an issue, as she stated above, this is how we, as climbers, die or get seriously injured. We forget to tie our knots and we rap (or get lowered) off the end of ropes.

That got me thinking about how there is this pervasive nonchalance that can accompany climbing. Because most of the time we go out and nothing bad happens, we just start to assume that nothing bad EVER happens, even though we might just be getting lucky and not actually doing things right. While not as pronounced as in backcountry skiing, this false positive feedback of our skills lulls many people into thinking they know what they are doing, when the truth is that maybe they’ve just been getting away with bad habits for a long time. And from what I’ve seen, much of the time it comes down to people who aren’t open to feedback on their systems, or who don’t feel comfortable asking others for help if they aren’t sure how to do something.

Perhaps the most striking example of this was witnessed by my wife, Tracy, on the Solar Slab formation. We were climbing with friends who had never been to Red Rocks, and were moving as two groups of two, on two different routes that met up on the big ledge before Solar Slab proper. From there we’d climb two different routes that joined at the top and then combine our ropes to rap down. A pretty casual day for us and we were stoked to be showing our friends the area.

My partner and I reached the big ledge first, and waited for the girls for what seemed like a really long time. I thought maybe the climbing on their route was harder than they thought, but the truth was they encountered a scary situation and had to intervene.

Tracy was nearing the top of her second pitch when she looked over to see something that immediately looked wrong. The leader on the route next to them was belaying her partner up the first pitch of Johnny Vegas, but something was rotten in Denmark. The leader was clipped to the anchor bolts with just a daisy chain, which has it’s own issues, but the biggest problem was that she was belaying her second off one tipped out red Camalot, with an ATC that was not in guide mode. And as she was taking in rope, she was coiling it around her neck.

Tracy climbed over to her, set up a solid anchor, and put the second on belay, while talking this person through the problems with her setup. She was grateful, saying she’d never done a multipitch before, a fact she had neglected to tell her partner. This person didn’t know what they were doing, but they let their partner believe they did, which could have ended in a disastrous manner. It’s easy to judge and say she was foolish for doing so, but this kind of thing isn’t uncommon with less experienced climbers.

There’s this sense in our culture that to ask for help means showing weakness, or that the cool kids wont talk to you. I can guarantee you going splat at a crowded cliff is much more of a faux pas then asking someone to go over the basics of cleaning a sport climb before casting off into the unknown, or double checking the plan with your partner before you cast off on a multipitch endeavor

Climbing is awesome, but one mistake can change, or end, your life forever. Let’s all look out for eachother out there, and speak up when we aren’t sure how to do something. Be curious, embrace a learning mindset, and most of all be safe so you can enjoy it for many years to come.

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The Glory Days Indian Creek Flip Flop

The Glory Days
Indian Creek
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Seeing how much effort Adam Ondra put into working on this line and the comment he has already made on the Dawn Wall, it is clear that Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgesson's FA sticks out as probably the most impressive FA in the world. Two months prior to their 19-day FA in 2015, Tommy reported at Facebook, "Oh my goodness!!! After six years I finally sent this beast of a pitch. Inspired by Keven's fight to the death near miss.This officially means all the hard individual pitches have been redpointed. I am so psyched my hands are shaking!" Clearly, any of Adam Ondra's three 9b+ FAs and Nalle Hukkataival's recent 9A FA are also at the top when it comes to vision and dedication but it can not be compared with guys spending 100+ days up on portaledges to find out that it is possible - after six years of work! On the other hand, if Adam Ondra can repeat the Dawn Wall after just two months in Yosemite and just about three months after winning the Lead World Championship and being #2 in Bouldering, the Czech will set another new standard in the history of climbing. A month ago, Adam onsighted a super steep 8c+ and two weeks ago he prepared himself for the Dawn wall by onsighting more steep Routes in Jailhouse and doing some hard Boulders in LCC. Does there exist any other sport athlete in the world that can combine explosive power with ultra endurance like the 23-year-old? (c) Pavel Blazek

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There’s a difference between what people wear in catalogs, and what people wear in real life. I know because I’ve both written for catalogs and I’ve, well, existed. In real life.

In catalogs, climbers wear breathable, three-way stretch and hikers don water-resistant, ripstop nylon. In real life, sometimes we end up bouldering in the jeans we had on all day. Or we hike in cotton T-shirts. We know better, of course, but this is real life, where things happen and we don’t have stylists (or the best judgement).

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But the right gear can make the difference between a great day outdoors, and a fairly shitty one. So, as much as possible, you want to buy dependable, outdoor-appropriate clothing that you actually want to wear in real life, too, right?

Enter the Libre Sweater, Cotopaxi’s answer to the garment that no one makes anymore: A beautiful, rugged sweater engineered to be put through the wringer, no matter what you’re doing. It has a colorful, vintage look that appeals to my “Stranger Things” sartorial sensibilities, yet it maintains its technical outdoor performance.

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It’s anti-stink, super soft (it’s made from llama wool), and has technical features like a mesh back panel and reinforced seams for durability. It’s also the most funded sweater project ever on Kickstarter. It’s the perfect sweater for van life, climb life, eating-donuts life, brewery tour life…

But beyond the design of the sweater, I just like the Cotopaxi ethos. Giving is part of their business model, and by giving targeted grants to advance health, education, and livelihood initiatives around the globe, they’re committed to creating a positive social impact.

And that’s something I can get behind. In real life.

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The Cotopaxi Libre Sweater Kickstarter campaign ends in 10 days! 

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Thankfully, climbingThankfully, climbing’s soul is hard to kill, and it still burns bright in people such as Brette Harrington, a climber who you may have never even heard about.

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Stay wild.

Stay wild.

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I’m keeping my political opinions private :)

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So many damn canyons - I’ll probably die trying to explore...

So many damn canyons - I’ll probably die trying to explore all of Utah in my lifetime … or realistically of a heart attack with one hand down my pants and the other clutching a corn dog I’ve been dipping in ranch dressing.

 

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