Hand Balm Hand Jive

Story by Jani Holder / As climbers, we put our hands through the wringer whether we’re climbing on plastic or rock. If you like cracks, crimps, or any other types of climbing, your skin has worked hard to toughen up and withstand abuse… so doesn’t it deserve a little help? …

The Catch on Rope Retirement

Story by Zoë Zulauf Ware / My relationship with my climbing rope was supposed to be purely transactional, with a fairly straightforward expiration date. I paid a sum of money for it. A small fortune, really. It provided me with useful services––namely, catching me whenever I’d punt off sport routes …

Climbing to New Pursuits

Story by Tai John / As a born and raised dancer, my venture into rock climbing was my way of stepping out of my comfort zone and discovering something new. From a young age, my mother taught me and my brother about rhythm. She would guide our hips and waists …

Breathwork for Climbers

Story by Jani Holder / Remember to breathe. You’re halfway up your project, and you’re gripped. You’re pumped, losing strength, and feeling miles away from your next clip. And, just because things weren’t tough enough, your leg is starting that infamous sewing-machine action beneath you. This situation can go one …

Reckless Abandon

Video by Ben Neilson and Jon Vickers / At age 13, Kyra had ten vertebrae fused to combat her scoliosis. After questioning whether she’d be able to compete and climb again, her doctor told her, “send me a picture when you’re on top of the podium.” Kyra’s focus, determination, and passion for the …