Everything You Need to Know About Washing Your Rope

Story by Zoe Zulauf Ware / Photos by Jon Vickers / If it’s the end of the outdoor climbing season and you can’t handle your rope without your palms turning completely grey, it’s probably bathtime. A clean cord belays more smoothly, wears on your climbing gear less, lasts longer, and just …

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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? …

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B2P Bouldering Comp Recap

Story by Zoe Zulauf Ware / Photos by Jon Vickers / As the sun sets earlier and earlier, the temperatures drop, and the mountains are blanketed in the season’s first snowfall, climbers start the annual migration from outdoor climbing areas to the one crag that won’t ever get soggy, sub-zero, …

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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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Better Beta: Circus Net Edition

Video by Jon Vickers / Story by Zoë Zulauf Ware / When the route description on Mountain Project casually mentions, “The route is an athletic event. Try not to throw up… or down. :-)” you know you’re in for it. But if Mason Earle gives you a giant circus net …

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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 …

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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 …

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Nathaniel Coleman’s New FA: Power of the Psych

Video by Ben Nielson / When Nathaniel Coleman first scoped out the textured edges on a stately project boulder in the Swell, he thought the line might go at V9 or so. That grade began to creep up to double digits as he and Ben Tresco started working with the sub-par …

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Off-Season Recharge: Tendon TLC

Story by Zoë Zulauf Ware / Sure, you may have treated yourself to a few chocolate eggs that “fell” into your basket at the grocery store, but when was the last time you did something nice for your finger tendons? Despite the recent blanketing of snow, sooner or later you’ll be playing piano …

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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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