Rock Climbing Gift Ideas

Searching for rock climbing gifts for the climber in your life? It’s easy to smile and nod when you listen to rock climbers talk about their latest escapades, but what are we supposed to do now that we have to actually find gifts for climbers!? Yea, we could just get them an REI gift card, …

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Mad Rock Mad Pad Review

The Mad Rock Mad Pad is one of our favorite crash pads that provides a lot of bang for your buck. It’s a great first pad if you’re looking to not break the bank but also get a decent amount of innovative features. Check out our list of the best crash pads to see how …

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Mad Rock Duo Review

The Mad Rock Duo crash pad is our go to main crash pad for outdoor bouldering. We love it for its thick foam, ease of carrying, and ability to be combined with multiple pads. Check out our list of the best crash pads on the market today and see how the Mad Rock Duo stacks …

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What to Wear Indoor Rock Climbing?

I remember the first time I went to the bouldering gym. I showed up in basketball shorts and sneakers. I was adamant that I did not need the climbing shoes and that I’d be perfectly fine without them. Eventually, one of the gym employees let me try a pair of climbing shoes for free and …

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Great Falls Rock Climbing

Great Falls Park is home to some of the earliest rock climbing in the United States! The climbing here will put you directly above the Potomac River Gorge and Mather Gorge. The sound of the mighty river rapid is intense. But the noise slowly dissipates as you drift into your flow state. Climbers and white …

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Climbing Trip Packing List

Are you gearing up for your rock climbing trip? Whether it’s your first or hundredth trip, we’ve been around the block and know all the gear you need to have an excellent time on your trip. I’ve been on climbing trips that have lasted a few hours (long story) and been gone for multiple weeks. …

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How to Master the Crimp in Rock Climbing

A crimp in rock climbing is a type of climbing hold that will only fit your finger pads. There are three different crimp grips, the open hand grip, half crimp and full crimp grip. Crimping ain’t easy. When I first started rock climbing, everything seemed so intimidating. Going to the gym by myself and being …

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Lace vs Velcro Climbing Shoes

Climbing Shoes: Laces vs Velcro! This debate might seem simple, but climbers tend to investigate all of the nuances of pieces of gear that seem simple. Climbing shoes have revolutionized the sport. The sticky rubber on these shoes helps us put our weight on the smallest of chips. But my favorite climbing shoes are the …

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Climbing Holds Types

Rock climbing is littered with jargon. A language and culture have been created and it’s all centered around using our hands and feet to make our way up a wall. When I first started climbing, I always felt a little silly using the jargon of the sport. But language evolves to help us humans communicate …

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11 Ways to Make Money from Rock Climbing

I’ve been there. I’ve been tired of my 9 to 5 and started daydreaming of how to make money rock climbing. I did some research and found a path that worked for me. But with the rise of Instagram and YouTube, being a professional climber looks different than what it did in years past. But …

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Clove Hitch Climbing Technique – One Handed Trick

Tying a one handed clove hitch is a good party trick for your next multi pitch anchor party. The clove hitch climbing technique is one of the simplest ways we can connect ourselves to our anchors. Without it, we would have to buy another piece of gear, like a personal anchor system, to secure ourselves …

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