I Stopped Running and This is What DIDN’T Happen

I used to run a lot. Well, not a lot for an ultra runner or marathoner or even a college cross country runner, but I ran at least 5 days a week for anywhere between 3 and 10 miles at a time. That’s a lot of running for a climber. I’ve since stopped running, having jogged just…

Sports Cragging: A Definition You’ll Want to Know

You’ve probably heard of “cragging.” You’ve also most likely heard of sport climbing. However, most climbers are unfamiliar with the term “sports cragging.” As the name implies, sports cragging refers to a ground-up effort to ascend a bolted cliff in as many ways (also known as lines) as possible. At first, this practice might look identical to sport…

The End of the Day Brew Life

It’s the end of a long day, and your arms are tired and sunburnt. You got up at 5:30 a.m. to drive to the crag, shook your way up the warm-up due to over-caffeination, gave your project five unsuccessful but solid burns, and then decided to climb “fun” routes for the rest of the day. It’s…

The Real Breakfast of Champions: Peanut Butter Power Oatmeal

Step aside Wheaties: A new, improved, 21st-century breakfast of champions is here. This fiber- and protein-packed, peanut butter and banana “flavored” oatmeal (made with real peanuts and bananas!) will keep you full for hours of cragging, a.m. training, or snack-free desk sitting. Ready in 7 minutes or less with zero chopping, egg cracking, or flapjack flipping,…

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…

This Season’s Must Have: Off-White Gym Capris

Spring is here, and off-white is the new black when it comes to gym attire. No more chalk hand prints on your black yoga pants: light-weight, light-colored capris are here to keep you easy breezy beautiful for the season. Think I’m joking? I’m actually wearing my favorite pair right now. Here’s why: I love weekday morning gym sessions,…

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…

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!

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 PB&J Recovery Smoothie (Aka: Childhood in a Glass)

Tired of that same old sandy blender-bottle shake? Can’t stand to chug another kiddo carton of post-workout chocolate milk? Or are you still one of those “I can’t eat anything after a hard workout even though science says I should” people? Whether or not you answered “yes” to one or more of the above questions,…

(Trying to) Dress Like a Non-Dirtbag

“Look at you all showered this morning,” I greeted my friend Corey for our before-work session at the Boulder Rock Club. “Oh I haven’t showered,” was his sleepy reply. “Your hair’s just that greasy?” Fell out of my mouth. “Good, because I haven’t washed my hair in four days. And it shows.” This conversation might be somewhat…

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…