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 …

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Trench Warfare, Net Style

Story by Mason Earle / There is a circus net that lives in my attic. It’s 50 feet long and twenty feet wide, made from cheap paracord and old climbing ropes. I built it specifically for climbing––like a giant crash pad for free soloing. My original vision was to use …

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Off-Season Recharge: Treat’cha Feet

Story by Zoë Zulauf Ware / It seems like just yesterday that freshly fallen leaves crunched underfoot on approaches in the Cottonwoods, and American Fork was bathed in hues of orange and yellow. With the arrival of December, the bellyache from the mounds of instant mashed potatoes you gobbled at …

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Innovations in Climbing: The Hangboard

by Maya Gans / Seeking climbing in winter, I made the pilgrimage to Joshua Tree National Park where I fell in love with the iconic classic line, ‘Leave it to Beaver’. In search for beta, I found myself watching John Bachar free solo it in a 1980 TV special “That’s …

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Innovations in Climbing: Quickdraws

by Maya Jaffe /  You made it through the crux section you’ve rehearsed for weeks, and desperately find the rest. You shake out and assess what’s to come. Halfway up the route you’ve reached the second crux, a technical crimp through a roof. You backstep for full extension, grab the …

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Innovations in Climbing: Volumes

by Maya Jaffe / Any attempt to research volumes will prove they are one of the most elusive, yet ubiquitous, pieces of indoor climbing related equipment. With their sheer size and geometric considerations, the underrated yet pervasive volume has the ability to resculpt climbing walls with every new setting. Volumes …

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Innovations in Climbing: The GRIGRI

by Maya Jaffe / From the days of swami belts, buttonheads, and EBs, climbing gear has dramatically changed to maximize both comfort and safety. To appreciate and better understand this evolution, we’ve created a new monthly blog series: Innovations in Climbing. At Momentum, the most prolific belay devices are assisted-braking …

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Mason Joins The Circus

Story by Mason Earle / Halfway out a 50 foot roof crack, I desperately stabbed for a thin hand-jam. I was 40 feet off the ground, without the protection of a rope, and exhausted. I caught the jam, but knew I couldn’t make another move. I looked down at the …

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Who is IME?

Around the corner from REI is a locally owned specialty climbing shop called International Mountain Equipment. This shop provides more than just cams, shoes and chalk. It is hands down THE place to exchange beta, swap stories and hang out with climbers who really know and love the sport. Who …

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