“If you aren’t falling, you aren’t trying hard enough.”

As a new climber, knots, lingo, and technique are thrown at you left and right. What many new climbers are rarely introduced to is how to fall. Many people naturally pick it up, so why teach it? Learning the proper way to fall is about as important as learning how to tie your eight knot.… Continue reading “If you aren’t falling, you aren’t trying hard enough.”

I climb because…

“What got you into climbing? Why do you climb?” Different people have very different answers to these questions. I haven’t heard a bad answer yet: to socialize, to lose weight, to be challenged physically or mentally, to get stronger, to have fun… The awesome part of climbing is that it provides all of these things… Continue reading I climb because…

It’s Knot That Bad…

In climbing, there are a lot of different knots that can be used for a lot of different things. This post is about the knots used to tie-in (tying the rope to your climbing harness) for rope climbing. The tie-in setup I will explain is the figure 8 follow-through (FEFT) knot with a strangle knot. The Save-Your-Life… Continue reading It’s Knot That Bad…

A rock is a rock is a rock… right?

“I climb.” This statement can tell you a lot about the person who says it. Speaking as a completely objective third party observer with absolutely no personal interest in the matter (thank you, Viola Hastings), the speaker will likely be one of the coolest, smartest people you have ever met. What this statement does not… Continue reading A rock is a rock is a rock… right?