Box Life FAQs

So you live in a box?? Yup! I live in a “tiny home” on wheels that I bought on Craigslist and built out in a week and a half before moving in. My friends and I fondly call it “The Box,” since it really is a sad looking homemade white box from the outside. How long have…

New Content Now Published on Wednesdays

I’m experimenting with posting new content on Wednesdays instead of Mondays, so this week’s post will be up Wednesday morning (mountain daylight time).  Let me know if you like or dislike the change. Other comments and suggestions are always welcome too!

A Glossary of Top Rope Terms for “TR” Lovers and Haters Alike

Whether you’re a top rope (TR) champion or wouldn’t dare to be seen anywhere other than on the sharp end, we all know that toproping isn’t “real” climbing in the sense that you can’t really “send” a route on TR…right? Not to say that TRing isn’t “real” climbing in that one still scales rocks while doing it,…

Your First (or Next) Climbing Tattoo

We are a tattooed generation, and there are many reasons why we decide to get our designs: Some have meaning, some look cool, some were on sale, and some just seemed like the thing to do at the time. So why not get a tattoo that tells others something about your favorite sport? You’ll show other climbers…

Celebrating 100 Coffee Tape Climb Posts

Well, here it is folks: Post number 100. To celebrate nearly two years of writing and doodling about various aspects of climbing, I’ve put together some Coffee Tape Climb crowd and personal favorites. Enjoy! Most Popular Posts: Gear Review: The Butora Acro Tie Back Those Flowing Locks (Also known as: How to Avoid Ripping Your Hair…

Monday Psych

Unless you’re living the dirtbag dream or happen to work a job where you have Mondays and Tuesdays off, Monday probably isn’t your favorite day of the  week. Whether you’ve just spent a three-day weekend camped out under your project, took a few “active rest days” to hit the slopes during the off season, or got…

Post Dawn Wall Predictions

Because you haven’t heard enough about the Dawn Wall in the past three weeks…Here are some of my post Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson free-climb FA predictions: Adam Ondra will book a flight to California ASAP to try to onsight the Dawn Wall. Kevin Jorgeson will incorporate skin strengthening exercises into training for subsequent projects….

The Climber’s Twelve Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my partner sent to me: A Golden Retriever puppy On the second day of Christmas my partner sent to me: Two portaledges And a Golden Retriever puppy On the third day of Christmas my partner sent to me: Three rope bags Two portaledges And a Golden Retriever puppy On the fourth day of Christmas my partner sent to me: Four ATCs Three rope bags Two portal edges A Golden Retriever…