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How Do I Get Started in Rock Climbing? | Our Guide to Get You on the Wall

[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]T[/su_dropcap]his was our second trip out to Joshua Tree National Park. The first one had been a spontaneous decision during a church retreat in Palm Springs. As such, I had not been prepared for the wilderness before me. When I stood in front of a mountain that I was supposed to climb with simply a rope to …

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The Beginner’s Guide to Bouldering

What is Bouldering? ouldering is the simplest form of climbing, where harnesses and ropes are unnecessary and the climber’s goal is to scale small but tricky “boulder problems” (established routes or sequences on a boulder) with padded mats protecting the climber should he or she fall. Climbers tend to love bouldering or hate it. It’s a unique climbing discipline because …

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Trekking Poles : What You Need to Know!

ew trekking pole users might find themselves wondering, “Should I use one trekking pole or two?” The answer depends upon what type of terrain you’ll be hiking.  Single trekking poles, also sometimes referred to as a hiking staff, are great when hiking on relatively flat terrain with little to no weight on your back. On most other terrains I’d suggest …

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22 Climbing Tips I Wish I Knew Sooner!

very experienced climber has some moments in the early days of their climbing career that they look back on and cringe. Whether it’s the time they showed up at the crag with fifteen people blasting Beyonce and got a stern talking to from a local, or the time they got in way over their head on a route, got benighted, …

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Can Climbing Shoes Get Wet?

enerally speaking, yes, your climbing shoes can get wet while not experiencing any significant damage, though I would strongly suggest you try to keep them as dry as possible throughout their lifetime. Water will not destroy your shoes and generally, they are designed to withstand moisture with almost every use as you most likely sweat and contribute a bit of …

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Deep Water Soloing for Beginners – 14 Quick Tips!

f you’re reading this article, I’m pretty sure you are probably wondering what Deep-Water Soloing is, like I was when I first heard of it. It is not scuba-diving, which was where my mind went first, nor does it mean going at something alone. Deep-Water Soloing, (a.k.a. “Psicobloc”), or DWS, is rock climbing, without any Belay equipment (the solo part) …

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What is the Yosemite Decimal System?

A ‘Short’ History of the Yosemite Decimal System (and what all those dang numbers mean) he Yosemite Decimal System was created by the Sierra Club in the 1950’s to classify all types of mountaineering adventures. They created a three-fold categorization system that I have summed up as difficulty, duration, and deadliness. As going outdoors got more popular, especially technical climbing, …

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Climbing Lingo Glossary : Terms You Never Knew

t can be totally intimidating as a newbie climber when you realize you have no idea what your climbing partner(s) or instructor is talking about when they tell you to “use your bashies before you attach the quickdraw!”  The more you learn (and the faster) the better it is.  Here’s our best to get you started quickly!  Please keep in …

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Benchmade – Bugout 535 EDC

This excellent-looking Amerian made EDC is one of our recommendations since it’s a versatile tool that Benchmade recommends for hiking, backpacking, fishing and camping.  We fell in love with it (well, you know what I mean – we’re not perverts or anything but…. okay, I’ll stop “talking”) and we’d love to tell you all we know about it.  This Benchmade …

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11 Obstacles for New Climbers to Overcome

hen my mind started to ponder the idea of climbing as a physically challenging hobby or pastime, I would be lying if I told you there weren’t what seemed like a thousand questions that flooded my mind simultaneously.  It was overwhelming enough to nearly make me quit my newfound interest!  I thought of how hard climbing is without the added …