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Spring Showers at the New

New River Gorge

We celebrated the last day in April by doing what we do best:  climbing at the New River Gorge!  The weather in April has been quite poor for climbing.  However we were treated to a beautiful Saturday and spent the day at Sandstonia at Bubba City.  But before that, we had to have an O.T.W.G. at The Vandalian.

As some of you might know, Gaelyn is a little scared of falling, so we chos…

Rainy Red River Gorge

Red River Gorge

Rain, rain, and more rain can describe my latest trip to the Red River Gorge.  But, we did get out and climb a little!  We arrived late on Thursday night and it proceeded to rain early Friday morning.  After picking up a friend at Miguel’s (we camp at Land of the Arches), it was recommended to us to go to Drive-By Crag at the PMRP.  We had never been there before, but Drive-By is really nic…

Spring Day at Coopers Rocks

It’s been a very rainy April.  A couple of weeks ago, Gaelyn and I went bouldering at Coopers Rocks, WV during one of the few rain-free days.  It was a bit windy, but we had a great day in the forest climbing some classic gritstone problems.

Please let me know what you think of my first climbing highlights video in the comments…

Podcast: Goals for 2011

Join me in today’s podcast as I talk about my goals for this year.  I have some lofty goals, but I think I can accomplish them all!  Some of my goals include climbing many 5.11’s this spring, picking up where I left off last fall.  I would also like to climb more trad this summer at Seneca and the New River Gorge.  This fall, I’ll be trying to complete my first 5.12.

I’ll be taking mostly…

Video: Types of Climbing Explained

“What is sport climbing compared to top roping.  Is it even a sport?”

This video is aimed at the beginner climbers out there.  If you already know all of this, hopefully I entertained you with my amazing drawing skills.  Today, I briefly go over the 4 main types of climbing:

Bouldering
Top Roping
Sport Climbing
Trad Climbing

There are other types of climbing (Aid, Mixed,…

First of 2011

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The chilly mornings of early Spring convinced us to drive to the New River Gorge on Saturday morning, rather than our usual Friday night.  We learned last Fall that climbing wasn’t all that fun until 10 or 11 am, once the sun had come out to warm everything up and you could feel your fingers!  This turned out to be the best decision of the trip.  The New saw heavy rain on Friday night but…

Rock and Resole Review

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Are the edges on your climbing shoes worn and rounded?  Is the rand poking through the rubber? Don’t get a new pair of shoes.  Get those comfy, broken in shoes resoled!

The edges on my La Sportiva Katanas were shot.  I needed another resole.  I got my first resole last year from Rock and Resole, located in Boulder, Colorado.  They did an awesome job, so I sent them to Rock and Reso…

Video: Belay Carabiner Review

There are so many carabiners out there… how do you choose one to use with your belay device?  Watch today’s video and see what important characteristics make a up a good belay carabiner.

I review 5 pear shaped carabiners today that would be good choices to pair with your belay device.  They are the Omega Jake, Black Diamond Rocklock, Black Diamond Pearabiner, Petzl Attache, and Petz…

Podcast: Gear to Start Climbing

“What gear do I need to get to start climbing?” This is a question I frequently am asked.  The answer is not so simple, and usually follows with:  “Where do you want to climb?” Depending if you want to boulder, top-rope at the gym, top-rope outside, or sport climb outside will dictate what gear you need to obtain.  Below is an outline of gear needed for each type of climbing that I talk about…

Video: 10 Minute Workout

Here is my first of many workout videos!  I’m super psyched to share this one with you all because this is one of my favorite workouts.  It’s only 10 minutes long and it’s crazy hard!  So, here it is:

1 round per minute for 10 minutes of:

5 Pull ups

10 Push ups

15 Squats

Thats it!  This workout requires minimal equipment (pull up bar and stopwatch) and mostly everyone knows…

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