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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…

Climbers Need Protein!

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I’ve hesitated to write this article for some time.  Basically, I wasn’t sure how to craft my thoughts into a solid article.  That is, until I struck literary gold!  This article, from Urban Climber, got me off my butt to get this out to you.  I have been thinking (and practicing) what the author, Neely Quinn, wrote for a long time.

Basically, my thought is this:  Climbers, you…

Video: Shoulder Recovery Exercises

Winter is a popular time to get broken body parts fixed.  Many of us bear down and get through the climbing season with injuries, then get them fixed when the climbing season ends.  I’ve had surgery on both shoulders and had it done in the winter.  Here are a few exercises I used to recover.  All of these were prescribed by my Physical Therapist.

If you haven’t ever injured your…

Video: Petzl Calidris Harness Review

Join me today as I review the Petzl Calidris harness.  I have been wearing this harness for about 2 years and it is excellent.  It is very well padded and your body weight is evenly distributed across the entire width of the padding.  Petzl calls this Frame technology.  Other harnesses just add bulky, viagra sweaty padding in an attempt to make it more comfortable.  The Calidris is light,…

Video: Black Diamond vs. Petzl Helmet Review

In today’s video, I review the Black Diamond Half Dome helmet and the Petzl Elios helmet.  You will see which one I like more and why.  I go over some aspects of both helmets such as ventilation, padding, and strap layout.  You will have to watch the video to see which one I prefer!

What is your favorite helmet?

Rant warning: It seems to me, that when climbers get better, they wear…

Podcast: How to Climb 5.12 Review

In my first podcast, adiposity I review the book, How to Climb 5.12, by Eric Horst.  This is a great first training book for anyone looking to better their physical and mental training.  Whether you are trying to climb your first 5.10 or 5.14, this book can help!  I review each of the chapters and go through some of the points that really stuck out to me.

Have you read this book?  What did…

Video: Trad Climbing Draw Review

I am proud to announce the first video for Rock Climber Life!  In this video, I review my favorite trad climbing quickdraw/sling setup.  This draw is composed of the Black Diamond Positron carabiner, Black Diamond Dynex Sling (24″), and Black Diamond Hotwire carabiner.  Tune in to see why this is my favorite setup, along with a bonus tip at the end on how to properly “triple” a draw!

What…

Climbing Christmas Gift Ideas

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Everyone loves getting awesome climbing presents for Christmas, right?  Well, if you are out of ideas on what to get your significant other this season, let me help you out.  Here’s a few things that will surely keep the romance hot and heavy this season.
1.  Prana Stretch Zion Pants and Shorts

These are the best pants and shorts I have ever worn for climbing.  I love them so much I…

Staying Psyched While Injured

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Getting injured can be one of the most disheartening things for a climber, medicine or any athlete for that matter.  Maintaining the mental psyche can be very difficult during a down time but it is extremely important.  I unfortunately know all about this experience.  I’ve dislocated both shoulders several times resulting in surgery on both shoulders:  the right one in ’05 and the left…

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