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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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 …

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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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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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