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Rock Climbing Gifts

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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bouldering

Bouldering vs Rock Climbing

Thinking of bouldering and rock climbing as two separate sports isn’t quite right. It’s not so much “bouldering vs rock climbing”, but that bouldering is a subset of rock climbing. Rock climbing is a general and vast sport. There are SO many niches within climbing: traditional climbing, aid climbing, ice climbing, alpine climbing, gym climbing… […]

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review

Unparallel Up Lace Review

One of the newest climbing shoe brands on the market, Unparallel, has a lot of climbers talking about their new offering the Up Lace. Climbers and climbing shoes go together like peas and carrots. We spend hours doing research and even more hours trying on shoes at REI and at shoe demos. Since Unparallel is […]

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how-to

What does belay mean?

The jargon used in climbing is endless: bomber, gaston, belay? Who comes up with all this stuff?? As climbing has evolved, climbers developed their own language to simplify concepts within the sport. Language helps us communicate clearly and effectively. As Kevin from the office so eloquently puts it, “Why waste time say lot word when […]

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climbing-gym

Is Rock Climbing a Good Workout?

Does it seem like everyone you know is suddenly going to a rock climbing gym for their workout? The sport has blown up and that leaves many people wondering if rock climbing is a good workout. Rock climbing helps you build strength, endurance and it’ll make you sweat! Is rock climbing a good workout? Yes! […]

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bouldering

Boulder Techniques and Bouldering Tips

Did you know that beginner boulderers have a huge advantage over a well-seasoned climber? Do you know why? It’s because the beginner has a clean slate! A seasoned climber can have bad habits ingrained into their climbing technique. It’s not easy to break these habits that we’ve programmed into muscle memory. For all the beginners […]

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climbing-gym

Competition Climbing: How Exactly does it Work?

Have the Olympics fired you up to train for competition climbing? Trying out competitive climbing is an awesome challenge and can spice up your climbing life. Trying out new things in climbing is a great way to change things up when you find yourself in a rut or plateau. At first, I thought that competitive […]

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bouldering

Bouldering Breakdown: The Ultimate Climbers Guide

Bouldering is one of the most recently created disciplines of climbing (competition speed climbing is the most recent.). Bouldering is an incredibly social sport. And it has the lowest barrier to entry of the climbing disciplines. With indoor climbing gyms popping up all over the country, you can expect any city to have facilities dedicated […]

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guide

What is Free Climbing?

“What is free climbing?” That was a question on my friend’s mind when she was at the rock climbing gym for her first time. Climbing is permeating the culture at the moment. Academy award-winning films, medals in the Olympics, and indoor gyms popping up in every town in the country. Climbing has a lot of […]

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bouldering

Best Crash Pads for Bouldering

Bouldering high above the best crash pads always makes me feel better. The higher I climb up a boulder, the smaller everything looks down below! I have a healthy respect (fear) for gravity and the ground. I remember taking a bad fall onto my ribs while bouldering on the Iron Man Boulder in Bishop, CA. […]

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bouldering

Bouldering Grades: The Complete Climbers Guide

Bouldering grades are a common language that represents the difficulty of a boulder problem. The higher the climbing grade, the more difficult the route will be. In this guide, we will explain what factors determine a boulder grade and what you can expect as you climb through the grading scale. We’ll take a look at […]