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Interior Secretary's review recommends shrinking at least four national monuments including Bears Ears

This panorama from the top of Bridger Jack Butte shows part of Indian Creek's classic landscape that is currently protected by the 1.35-million-acre Bears Ears National Monument. Recent reports indicate that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended President Donald Trump shrink Bears Ears and other national monuments. Show More Summary

Fixed Lines for Cragging

There are many types of fixed lines. Some climbers use fixed lines in aid climbing to get back to their high point. Some climbers use them in expeditionary climbing to protect exhaustingly long slopes. And others use them more simply...Show More Summary

Definitions for Beginners: Top-Rope vs. Lead vs. Bouldering vs. Free Solo

There is a legitimate concern that some have put forward concerning this blog. Occasionally, I get a little bit too techy and forget that climbers with a multitude of skill levels read these articles. It's good to step back a littleShow More Summary

Climbing in Leonidio

In April 2017 we check new destination on worlds climbing map – Leonidio in Greece. Almost two weeks in this quite new sector was a good time. In this article, you will find some tips for climbing and accommodate here. Getting there Leonidio...Show More Summary

Three parties establish three new routes on Xanadu's west face

The west face of Xanadu. [Photo] Engberg, Bain, Boning and Braasch collection The central west face of Xanadu in Alaska's Arrigetch Peaks--sometimes referred to as the Half Dome of the Arctic--was untouched until this year when three parties established three routes in July and August. Show More Summary

The Birth and Death of a Carabiner

A few weeks ago we put up a post on rope construction. Black Diamond has produced a little video entitled, "The Birth of a Carabiner." The video doesn't dwell on narration or anything else, it's just a quick peak inside a shop where carabiners are made. Show More Summary

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 9/14/17

Northwest:--In this era of hurricanes and wildfires, it's good for all of us to think about our carbon footprints and what we can do in our lives to fight climate change. With that in mind, Powder magazine has a nice article on skiing the volcanoes with a smaller carbon footprint. Show More Summary

The Joy of the Off Season

A beautiful evening in the City, and not a climber in sight. As climbers, we can be a pretty picky bunch. Maybe it’s just the company I keep, but we have our ideas about what makes for good conditions, acceptable approaches, manageable crowd sizes and so on. Anything that falls outside these norms can throw […]

Tree Ratings in kN

At one of the American Mountain Guides Association Single Pitch Instructor Provider continuing education programs, we discussed the strength of trees. One SPI provider noted that he had pull tested a tree to failure with a load cell and found that the tree had a 17kN value.17kN is a decently high value. Show More Summary

Eliteclimb Raptor - ice axes made in Poland

Today I write about something special. Eliteclimb Raptor - lightweight ice axes from carbon fibers. I had the honor to test one of the first prototypes of this tools and some of my ideas are in new Raptors. In this text, I will write...Show More Summary

Film Review: Meru

Conrad Anker and Jimmy Chin have been major names in the climbing world for a long time. Both of the athletes have built themselves into climbing superstars. Conrad is world famous for his ascents and even made waves in the non-climbing world by finding the body of George Mallory on Mt. Show More Summary

Bad Belay Video

When we saw this we were literally falling over laughing. These images are funny because they're -- unfortunately -- sometimes true. --Jason D. Martin

Alabamans 'Marooned at Midnight' for first ascent of an unclimbed wall on Baffin Island

Marooned at Midnight (VI A3 5.11 R, 17 pitches, 700m) climbs a formation the Inuit call Umiguqjuaq. [Image] Sam England and Ryan Little Two Alabamans, Ryan Little, 26, and Sam England, 30, received an American Alpine Club Live Your Dream...Show More Summary

Climbing News from Here and Abroad - 9/7/17

Northwest:--News Channel 21 is reporting that, "A Portland woman climbing at Smith Rock State Park on Sunday fell about 20 feet and was injured, prompting a rescue operation, Deschutes County sheriff's deputies said." To read more, click...Show More Summary

The Torment-Forbidden Traverse: a Trip Report.

In an article he penned for the 1972 Chouinard Equipment catalogue, legendary guide and author Doug Robinson wrote that “t he true object [of climbing]... is not simply to get up things and check them off in our guidebook - it is to challenge ourselves”. Show More Summary

How to Choose a Sleeping Bag

Choosing a sleeping bag can be a difficult endeavor. What's right for you may not be right for others. Following is a short video with some baseline considerations: This video identifies five things that you should consider when looking...Show More Summary

Leave No Trace: Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

The second principle of Leave No Trace is, "travel and camp on durable surfaces." At the conceptual level, the idea is that travel over a weak surface does damage. And indeed, camping on a weak surface, or clearing an area for a camp, may create lasting damage... Show More Summary

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 8/25/17

Northwest:--The Adventure Journal is reporting that, "After 10 years of planning, permitting, and fundraising, the Spearhead huts project is finally under way. BC Parks gave its final approval to begin construction of a system of three...Show More Summary

Separated Shoulder

5 weeks ago, I had an accident playing with my daughter and separated my shoulder. I did it properly as well; a grade 3 separation tearing all three ligaments which join my right collar bone to my scapula. It was a classic shoulder separation scenario - diving into a roll but instead landing on the point of my shoulder. Show More Summary

Pretty Strong

Several years ago, my old buddy Colette McInerny was going through a bit of a tough period, wondering what to do with her life. We were having a heart-to-heart about life, relationships, creativity, freelancing, climbing—all the things...Show More Summary

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