True Facts About the Second Flatiron

More selfies are taken on the Second Flatiron every year than in the entirety of Yosemite National Park. There are 378 distinct routes up the Second not including linkups. The first ascent of the Second did not include the diving board. The average Boulderite climbs the Second 297 times in their lifespan. Alex Honnold soled…

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…

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…

The Dirtbag Privilege

The dirtbag lifestyle is a choice. There was nothing forcing Alex Honnold to drop out of college and live in a van. Instead, he chose to become a “dirtbag” because he was passionate about climbing and had the means—it was his mom’s van—to drop everything and leave. Not everyone has the financial ability and longtime familial support…

Running for Climbing? Comments on the Age-Old Debate

Googling “running for climbing training” pulls up a host of articles and Mountain Project forums debating whether running helps or hurts one’s climbing. Many of my climbing partners found climbing in college after running cross country in high school, as did I, and still have an appreciation for exploring trails on foot, but how does…

Autumn: New England’s Finest (Climbing) Season

Fall is the season to be in New England. The oppressive humidity of summer has lifted, replaced by crisp air, crisper apples, and crunchy leaves. The sun is now a welcomed sight, thawing the first frosts, and the rolling hills are transformed from waves of uniform green to speckled yellow, red, and orange—we like to…