12 Reasons Why Gym Bouldering is Awesome

The landings are amazing. You never have to carry a crash pad to your project. Strolling across the parking lot is the ideal approach. There’s no snow on any top outs. There’s also no wind that can’t be turned off by a power button. No razor-blade crimps or sharp pockets to wreck your skin in…

GONE ROCK CLIMBING

As the title says, I’m currently: GONE ROCK CLIMBING* New post will be up by Sunday. I also plan to be back on schedule – new posts every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month – by next week. *Life and bouldering outside got in the way of this week’s post.

Classic (Climbing) New Year’s Resolutions & What They Really Mean

It’s 2018, which means two things: 1. I can’t date anything correctly, and 2. Tis the season for New Year’s Resolutions.   Classic Resolution 1: “I’m going on a diet.”* *Also known as: “I’m cutting out sugar/bread/carbs/sweets/chocolate” and/or “I’m trying to lose 5+ pounds to send my spring projects.” TRANSLATION: I’m going to begin the…

27 Things I’d Rather Do Than Run

I look like I run. I ran competitively for 5 years before I started climbing and “for fun” for another two years after that. Then something happened: I stopped running. And now I understand why people say they hate running. It’s sweaty, time-consuming, boring, too slow and too fast at the same time, and nowhere near as…

Climbing Classes Coming Soon to a Gym Near You

Climbing gyms have exploded across the country, as have their class offerings. Enjoy these brand new classes, coming soon to a gym near you: How to not look like a gumby 101: Avoid looking like a clueless new climber with helpful climbing gym etiquette tips such as when to wear your climbing shoes (when actively climbing)…

Almost Pudding: Another Almost Good Post-Workout Recovery Snack

“Almost Pudding” is a concoction I stumbled upon when tired and mildly hangry post-workout one day. I tried adding about 6 ounces of milk to a scoop of my vegan mocha SunWarrior protein powder,* which, when shaken, immediately turned into a smooth, thick protein sludge, instead of the chocolate-milk-like consistency I was anticipating. It was “almost-pudding,” looking…

Seven Ways to Lose Weight for Climbing

1. Pee. Never start up a climb having to pee. Depending on how much coffee you’ve consumed, this could rid you of over a pound of extra weight, and you don’t need the unnecessary distraction of “holding it” while you’re cruxing out. 2. Poop. The same “don’t try to hold your poo through the crux” idea as above…

Eleven Facts About Raincoats

Raincoats are rarely 100% effective during precipitation events. Somehow water defies gravity and drips upward into the sleeves. Raincoats are more effective windbreakers than they are water repellers. In the event of a rainstorm, raincoats are most effective when worn underneath an umbrella to prevent them, and you, from getting wet. In this case, they’re simply…

Fall: The Season of Sending Psych

Fall is my absolute favorite season for several reasons: The mornings and evenings are refreshingly cool and crisp, but there’s no snow, and it’s not cold enough for me to start numbing out on routes or lose feeling in my feet while belaying. Headbands. Dad sweaters. Flannels. The thick socks I wear year round no…

Three Incredibly Easy Ways to Eat More Protein

While we frequently hear that “the average American” gets plenty of protein in their diet, it’s important to remember that the average American doesn’t climb rocks, nor do they train to get better at climbing rocks. Most Americans don’t tax their muscles and tendons the way most climbers do, and thus most climbers need more…