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Northwest Ohio got its first rock climbing gym in 2021, and another is coming

A little over a year ago, Toledo had no climbing gyms open to the public. Soon it will have two. Climb Toledo opened in a former barbershop in early 2021 with numerous bouldering routes mounted on plywood walls constructed at various challenging angles. Bouldering is performed on shorter rock formations with thick pads underneath instead of ropes and harnesses.
TOLEDO, OH
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Climbing

This Week In Review: First Ascents, Free Soloing, and Climbing as Therapy

Get access to everything we publish when you sign up for Outside+. For more story roundups, consider subscribing to Climbing’s Newsletter. On January 5, Liam Foster, 21, clipped the chains of Riders on the Storm (5.14-), putting down a 20-year open project in Durango, Colorado. When Foster lowered, the first thing he did was call Marcus Garcia, his mentor and coach of almost a decade. There were tears on the phone; Garcia is the one who bolted the route back in 2000. Then, he was the same age Foster is now.
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Eastern New Mexico News

Our People: Always looking to climb

For as long as he can remember, Chris Robertson was a climber. The Clovis native and owner of the Clovis Rock Gym was born and raised in the area, but at 18 left home to pursue a management position at an auto parts store. Robertson spent a decade away from...
CLOVIS, NM
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thisistucson.com

This new Tucson nonprofit creates community among rock climbers of color 🧗

When Ravi Singh moved to Tucson from the South a few years ago, he unexpectedly stumbled upon an epicenter of rock climbing in Southern Arizona. Although the Southern native grew up near peak climbing areas throughout Alabama and Mississippi, he didn’t give climbing a second thought until college when he visited a climbing gym in the South with his roommate.
TUCSON, AZ
Climbing

13 Gear Mistakes New Climbers Make—And How to Fix Them

Get access to everything we publish when you sign up for Outside+. If you’re ready to take the plunge and start buying your own gear, here are a few of the most common mistakes new climbers make, with some common-sense solutions. You plant a foot on a large, green,...
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Climbing

Five Reasons Why Climbing On Comp Routes Can Make You Better

Get access to everything we publish when you sign up for Outside+. The one-two beat of a climber’s hands slapping a volume rings throughout the gym. The competitor’s legs swing from one side clear to the other, and she nails a heel hook, setting herself up to dyno precisely to the finish.
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Climbing

“We did it”: Liam Foster Nabs FA on His Mentor’s 5.14 Project, Two Decades After Its Bolting

Get access to everything we publish when you sign up for Outside+. On January 5, Liam Foster, 21, clipped the chains of Riders on the Storm (5.14-), putting down a 20-year open project in Durango, Colorado. When Foster lowered, the first thing he did was call Marcus Garcia, his mentor and coach of almost a decade. There were tears on the phone; Garcia is the one who bolted the route back in 2000. Then, he was the same age Foster is now.
BOULDER, CO
Climbing

The Week in Review: A 10-Year-Old Does Two V12s.

Get access to everything we publish when you sign up for Outside+. For more story roundups, consider subscribing to Climbing’s Newsletter. Bayes Wilder Sends Two V12s (Two Months After 5.14c). He’s Only 10. By Delaney Miller. Bayes Wilder is having a pretty dang good year. He sent his...
BOULDER, CO

A Life-Saving Piggyback Ride on Longs Peak

During the early 1930s, Hull Cook was one of several guides who worked summers at the old Boulder Field Shelter Cabin on Longs Peak, the high point of Rocky Mountain National Park. He participated in this highly unorthodox rescue in the summer of 1931. “One evening, after dinner, I thought...
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Climbing

Bayes Wilder Sends Two V12s (Two Months After 5.14c). He’s Only 10

Get access to everything we publish when you sign up for Outside+. Bayes Wilder is having a pretty dang good year. He sent his first 5.14a, Rodeo Free Europe, in Wild Iris, last July. Then, in November, he put down Southern Smoke, his first 5.14c (yep, he skipped a grade). And a few weeks ago, he put down two V12s—Barefoot on Sacred Ground and Rumble in the Jungle—during a trip to Hueco Tanks, the latter of which he did in a day.
BOULDER, CO
Climbing

Weekend Whipper: Falling Ice Causes Upside-Down Gear Ripper

Get access to everything we publish when you sign up for Outside+. “The trick … is cleaning without getting cleaned yourself.” I listened to these words from the Canadian ice maestro, Will Gadd, earlier this week as he hooked his way up a rarely formed WI 6, Mythologic, in British Columbia.
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Climbing

Accident Analysis: Shunt Pops Off Rope While Toprope-Soloing

Get access to everything we publish when you sign up for Outside+. Is toprope-soloing safe—and how can we make it safer?. On September 19, 2021, the 41-year-old climber Craig Faulhaber was solo-toproping the route Burning Down the Haus, a short (five-bolt), gently overhanging 5.13d on the massive boulder of Haus Rock in the high country near Keystone, Colorado. Faulhaber teaches math at Arapahoe Community College in the Front Range of Colorado and shares his van with his girlfriend, Jackie; both are dedicated climbers who are fixtures on Colorado’s Front Range and also volunteer their time updating hardware—and in fact had done so with the anchors at Haus Rock in summer 2020 as the rock saw increased traffic during the pandemic.
KEYSTONE, CO
Climbing

Fix That Aching Elbow!

Become a member to unlock this story and receive other great perks. *Outside memberships are billed annually. Print subscriptions available to U.S. residents only. More Details. An undercling move you tried again and again and again. A deep ache in both elbows that one day became sharp and stayed that...
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The Path To Enlightenment: How To Enjoy Climbing More

Become a member to unlock this story and receive other great perks. *Outside memberships are billed annually. Print subscriptions available to U.S. residents only. More Details. Somewhere along the way for Andrea Brennen—a dedicated climber who has spent decades sharpening her craft—climbing started to feel like work. Today, with the...
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advnture.com

What is top roping and how does it differ to other approaches to rock climbing?

What is top roping? At its most fundamental level, top roping is climbing with the rope already fed through an anchor at the top of a climb. It is the opposite of lead climbing, where the climber places protection as they go, whereas with top roping the protection is provided by the anchor and the belayer. If you are looking to begin your rock climbing journey, top roping is the safest and easiest way to learn.
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57hours.com

Ice Climbing Courses in the Wasatch Mountains

Feel a rush of euphoria upon completing your climbs on solid ice. From beginner-friendly to advanced routes—this area has it all. Soak up the dramatic views of canyons while honing your ice climbing skills. When people think of Utah in the context of outdoor recreation, the first thing that...
SALT LAKE CITY, UT
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Dierdre Wolownick

How Alex Honnold’s mom is setting an example for all of us. This autumn for her 70th birthday, Dierdre Wolownick spent the night out under the stars atop El Capitan, absorbing the view high above the Valley floor. I first met Dierdre Wolownick in Smugglers’ Notch, Vermont for climbing...
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Alex Buisse’s Aerial Photography for “Mont Blanc Lines”

Alberta, Canada-based Alex Buisse combines aerial photography with a systematic documentation of climbing and skiing lines for his coffee table book Mont Blanc Lines. Mont Blanc Lines is a uniquely designed project that blends line drawings of climbing routes, a history of the Mont Blanc range, action photos, and excerpts from famous climbers in a beautifully published book.
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