Elizabeth Furnace Rock Climbing

One of my favorite outdoor climbing destinations near Washington, DC is Elizabeth Furnace. Elizabeth Furnace rock climbing, which isn’t too far from Front Royal, is an excellent day trip destination for climbers in the DC metro area and it also poses a wide variety of sport and trad climbs. There are endless opportunities for adventure …

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Climbing Gym Rehoboth Beach

If you’re looking for climbing or bouldering gyms in Rehoboth Beach Delaware (or at Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach), you don’t have many options. I guess that’s not too surprising since there are so many other awesome activities at the beach. But I understand the urge to climb! I’ve been reading a book at the …

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Ape Index Climbing

Have some of your climbing friends been talking about their ape index? The jargon in climbing seems to be endless, and now suddenly we’re talking about apes? What is Ape Index? Ape Index is a term that describes your arm span (wingspan) in relation to your height. The ape index can be expressed as either …

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Slopers Climbing: From Foe to Friend

A sloper is a round hold, with no edges or pockets, and it looks like a hill or ski slope and is one of the only featureless holds. Slopers are one of the most controversial climbing holds among many climbers. Maybe it’s because they can put a lot of strain on your wrist, maybe it’s …

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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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Metolius Magnum Crash Pad Review

The Metolius Magnum crash pad is a large tri fold pad that has a landing zone of over 20 feet. Despite the large nature of the pad, it’s not too painful or cumbersome to hike around with. The pad comes with nice to have quality of life features like a carpet rug to brush your …

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Black Diamond Mondo Crash Pad Review

The Black Diamond Mondo crash pad is one of the largest pads on the market today. It doesn’t have a lot of features like other pads on the market, but it is built to have a large landing zone and protect falls for highball bouldering. It has multiple foam layers (closed cell pe foam and …

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Best Climbing Gear of 2024

This is your one stop shop for the best of climbing gear lists. You’ll find our top recommendations for a variety of categories here. We have more in depth climbing gear reviews linked in each section, so if you want to get down to the nuts and bolts you’re free to go ahead and nerd …

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Is Rock Climbing a Good Workout?

Perfect views are the cherry on top from a day of outdoor rock climbing

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! If you’re just starting out rock climbing, …

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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. But it actually may be more familiar than you know… more on that later. Climbers and climbing shoes go together like peas and carrots. We spend hours doing research and even …

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