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New Routes at Meadow and Beauty

The leaves are beginning to change, shop cool mornings are followed by perfect afternoons, and the rock feels sticky.  Fall is officially here and it’s everyone’s favorite climbing season!  Fall at the New River Gorge is magical.  The trees turning bright colors of orange, yellow, and red light up the gorge.  After the hot and humid summers, it feels so good to climb and not slime off…

Crispy Day at Coopers

The leaves gently fell to the ground and the light breeze kicked up some dust into my eyes.  The temperature was perfect and the humidity was low.  My skin felt as if it would never slide off the gritstone.  This is what we live for.  Perfect conditions and a day in the woods bouldering at Coopers Rock.  My original plan was to spend the weekend down at the New River Gorge, but a poor…

Square Bottle by Clean Bottle Review

In this video review, I take a look at the all new Square Bottle by Clean Bottle. This innovative water bottle is packed full of great, innovative features.  It has two openings for easy cleaning with quarter turn lids and a rubber gasket to prevent leakage.  A square shape prevents it from rolling down a hill, leaving you with only hope that your favorite bottle hits a rock or log and…

Two Ogres Chalk Bag Review

In today’s video review, I take a look at the Two Ogres Essential-Z Chalk Bag.  This quality bag comes in at less than 20 bones and has all the features of a chalk bag that’s double the price.  The Essential-Z comes with a well designed belt, fuzzy blue interior, and a small pocket to keep a ring or keys while climbing.  Cool!  Take a look at this chalk bag if you don’t want to spend too…

Cypher Vesta Quickdraw Review

This video review is of the Cypher Vesta Quickdraw, an ideal sport climbing and projecting draw.  The carabiners are super smooth and well built.  The fit and finish is superb on these and the price is just right, coming in at less than $14 per draw.  I chose the 16 cm length dogbone and find it to be the perfect size, but you can also get them in 11 cm and 20 cm if you like.  For t…

Outdoor Research Seamseeker Glove Review

This video review is of the Outdoor Research Women’s Seamseeker Gloves, which were sent to Gaelyn for review.  These super durable gloves were designed for heavy rope work but they are equally perfect as a belay glove.  The suede interior with gel pocket dissipates heat remarkably well.  The backside of the glove has a section of durable synthetic material that helps with breathability.

Beta Balm Review

In this video review, I take a look at Beta Balm.  This stuff is awesome.  It’s a hockey puck style balm that you can remove from the contain, which is my favorite style.  If you have a scrape or cut, take it out and smear it on.  The design in the balm looks like a bullseye and the packaging is some of the best out there.  A metal container with a screw lid that won’t come loose and is…

Luck on Memorial Day


Several days before we left for a long weekend trip to the New River Gorge for Memorial Day, the forecast looked hot and we were anticipating high crowd days with packed crags.  It’s pretty typical for the New to experience one of the busiest weekends of the year on Memorial Day and at the Red River Gorge it IS the busiest weekend of the year.  We used to go to the Red on our long…

Cypher Zero Review

In this video review, I take a look at the Cypher Zero shoes.  These kicks are super high performance designed for sport climbing and bouldering.  The sticky Vibram XS Grip rubber is one of the best out there, and combine that with a velcro closure and a perfect fit, you have an outstanding shoe at an irresistible price.  The toe is downturned and the upper is a perforated synthetic.  B…

Outdoor Research Ferrosi Hoody Review

This video review is of the Outdoor Research Ferrosi Hoody.  This is quickly becoming my favorite jacket for Spring and Fall.  It is wind resistant, highly breathable, water resistant, quick drying, and easy to move in!  The pockets are well designed and the material is awesome.  This review is part of the #ORInsightLab

I received the hoody from Outdoor Research for review, but…

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