27 Things I’d Rather Do Than Run

I look like I run. I ran competitively for 5 years before I started climbing and “for fun” for another two years after that. Then something happened: I stopped running. And now I understand why people say they hate running. It’s sweaty, time-consuming, boring, too slow and too fast at the same time, and nowhere near as…

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…

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…

Gear Review: Point6 Socks for Odor Control and All-Day Comfort

I have smelly feet. My sneakers usually aren’t too funky; since, I wear socks with them 98.7 percent of the time. But my climbing shoes smell terrible. My comfy multi-pitch/gym shoes are the worst–my sweaty bare feet remain in them for hours without air. To give you some additional insight: my two comfiest pairs smell bad enough that I…

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…

Reflections While Running in Salt Lake City

I woke up and picked up my phone: 7 a.m., two hours before the Outdoor Retailer trade show opened and an hour before I was meeting the Rock and Ice crew at breakfast. The hotel Internet was, as always, slower than dialup, so I decided to go for a run. I’m not used to city…