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 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…

The Climbers’ “Turkey Trot”

Thanksgiving is just 10 days away, and you know what that means: Food, family, friends, football and people running pre-pie-binge 5Ks. As climbers, we could join the other non-runners, huffing and puffing for 3.1 miles, or we could sneak in a little fun, competitive climbing before succumbing to the mythical turkey coma instead. Ideally, you’re…

Way Too Easy Maple Coconut Climbing Scones

It’s certainly convenient to snag a few coffee shop (or gas station…) baked goods on the way to the crag and/or boulder field for a delicious mid-day energy boost. But for those looking to save money and enjoy a just-as-tasty but healthier option, baking these simple homemade scones is the way to go. Not only are they incredibly quick and…

Explaining Climbing to Your Mother

My mother is fantastic. She has always been incredibly supportive of my fondness for scaling rocks, even when she didn’t understand quite what I was doing. She bought me my first pair of shoes, my first chalk bag, and my first harness for my 19th birthday without knowing anything more than that I’d joined the…