10 Reasons Why I Suck at Training

  As you guessed from the title, I have a confession to make: I’m terrible at training. In fact, it would be hard to argue that I train at all… I have zero books, Excel spreadsheets, apps, notebooks, or pieces of scrap paper outlining possible training regimens. I have never even attempted to follow one…

So Who The Heck Writes This Stuff Anyway?

Maybe you’ve read my brief “About” section. Maybe you haven’t. It¬†tells you very little about me. So for those who are curious about who the heck writes this blog, here are some fun facts about this small female. Fun Facts: Age: 22 Height: 5’5″ Ape Index: 0 ūüė¶ Current City of Residence:¬†Louisville, Colorado (essentially Boulder)…

13 Reasons to Get Psyched on Bouldering

I used to strongly identify as a sport climber. Routes had magical things called footholds and a grading system that started at a friendly 5.5, which made me feel significantly better about sending 5.10c than I did about sending V1 when the bouldering scale starts at V0. I also associated bouldering with snow-covered, footless Pawtuckaway State Park, where I spent…

YouTube Movie Night: The Best Short Climbing Films (thus far) of 2017

The beauty of Reel Rock is¬†in its variety and quality. The tour brings audiences a collection of the top climbing and adventure films from the past year. Each video is long enough to tell a complete story, but short enough that one’s attention never waivers.¬† In two hours, viewers travel around the world, watching athletes…

10 Reasons Why I’d Love to “Magically” Improve My Climbing

Most days I wish I was better at climbing. Even on the days I happen to send, I often secretly wish I was topping out¬†something harder, not just for the V points or glory, but because breaking into V8 and 5.13 would¬†allow me to send–or at least productively hang-dog–so many amazing routes. Now you might…

The Climbing Destination Acronyms You Should Be Using

You’ve likely heard of “The Red,”¬†and maybe “The New,” but¬†when have you ever heard someone say “The Virgin River Gorge”–we all know it’s the “VRG.” With so many something river gorges and other “long” climbing destination names, we’ve¬†naturally¬†begun to¬†communicate via acronyms and other shortened word/letter/number combinations¬†(HP 40) when discussing outdoor plans. While you likely know…

Valentine’s Day Special: 10 Reasons to Date Another Climber

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and I hope you’re giving chocolate, and/or flowers, and/or cams, and/or hand salve to a special someone. If you’re single, no worries; I highly recommend you buy yourself and your mom¬†some¬†chocolate. I also recommend that you choose your next date wisely: Here are ten reasons why, as a climber, you should…

The Ten Commandments of Bouldering

I. Thou shalt never use thy knees to top out. IIa. Thou shalt wait at least 7 minutes between attempts. IIb. Thou shalt also brush each hold thoroughly before each attempt. III. Thou shalt do anything and everything to climb during perfect temps, including hiking through snowdrifts and climbing by headlamp. IV. Thou shalt not consider anything…

6 Tips for Surviving Long Car Trips

Whether you’re making the 7-hour trek to Joe’s Valley for the weekend or driving coast-to-coast in less than a week, long days in the car are rough. However, YOU have the power to make them less terrible and even productive. Here’s How: Tip 1: Listen to Podcasts! Having driven from New Hampshire to California and…

Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers for Your Outdoorsy Family and Friends

Christmas is less than two weeks away, and Hanukkah begins in just 12 days, which means you’ve likely completed approximately 2 percent of your holiday shopping and are now scrambling. Coffee.Tape.Climb. has you covered with inexpensive gifts for the outdoor enthusiasts on your list. A HYDRO FLASK:  This “water bottle” keeps beverages hot for 6…

The Ten Commandments Part 2: Trad Climbing

1. Thou shalt never fall. 2. Thou shalt not associate with sport climbers; they are wimpy ethic-less bolt-clippers. 3a.¬† Thou shalt run out all easy sections. 3b. Thou shalt also run out all cruxes. 4. Thou shalt not become discouraged by extreme amounts of rope drag. However, thou shalt also not create excessive rope drag….

The Ten Commandments of Sport Climbing

1. Thou shalt think of tufas, training, red pointing, “the red,” fitness, your fingers, power-endurance, and/or clipping no less than 87.6 percent of your¬†waking hours (and in at least 54.2 percent of your¬†dreams). 2. Thou shalt not become a boulderer. Thou shalt only boulder for training and occasional fun. 3. Though shalt not drop thy¬†partner…