Belaying

The sooner you learn how to belay (and feel comfortable doing it) the better your climbing experience will be. There are different types of belay devices and different types of belay techniques. Lots of gyms offer classes which is a great way to learn in a safe environment. Please be aware that improper belay technique…

Knowing What Gear to Buy

So, you’ve gotten to the point where you want to buy some gear. Either because you don’t want to use gym rentals or, because, you want to contribute more than your ability to belay when you’re at a crag. The hard part, now, is trying to figure out what is the best product for you….

Favorite Climbing Books

This is a list of my favorite climbing related books. I’ll be updating it as time goes on. So, be sure to check back to see what new ones I’ve added. Also, if you have a favorite that isn’t on my list, send the title my way, and I’ll check it out! Alone on the…

Gear I Use

Here is a list of the gear I am currently using/own. Shoes: (in order of oldest to newest) Butora- Endeavor, La Sportiva-Mythos, So iLL- Runner (LV), Scarpa–Instinct Chalk: Friction Labs-Bam Bam and Unicorn (it costs more, but is waaaay worth the price.) Chalk Bag: Flashed- Tool Bag Bouldering Bag, Black Diamond- Mojo (I use this one for my lower quality chalk), Pink…

Rock Climbing Terms

There are a lot of terms out there to describe different aspects of climbing. I hear new terms all the time and am sent searching websites to find out what they mean. So,  I looked through a bunch of websites to find the simplest ones. The one below has the most common terms with easy…

Core Workout

Core strength is  imperative when it comes to climbing. It may not seem like it, but when you get to an overhang, you’ll want that strength to keep your hips in and feet on the wall. For this workout, you will do each exercise for 30 seconds consecutively. Don’t be fooled. This is a lot…

Hangboard Workout

A hangboard is a piece of equipment that allows a climber to increase their finger and hand strength by hanging from different sized holds. Hangboards come in all shapes and sizes so just go to google images and take a look. The first thing to know about hangboarding is that it’s hard on the body….

Training Plan

The hardest thing for me when I wanted to start training was figuring out a program. Again, there is so much info out there. Thankfully, my dad has a friend who is a rad climber, and he was nice enough to help me form this one. Now, I’m sharing it with you. Any part with…

A Little More About Me

So here’s a little more about me and my climbing life. I was born to an old school climber who was part of the dirtbag community of the late 70’s and 80’s. I grew up with a bouldering wall in my basement, and my sister was taken to the gym in her baby basket. I…