Even the pros hang out at the gym! Jason Momoa (who played Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones and most recently starred in Aquaman) and Jimmy Chin (who co-directed the Free Solo documentary) spend an afternoon
Crag Cards: Essential Climbing Knots https://amzn.to/2XXpHEw Knots are a key part of climbing, but every single one of us is guilty of forgetting how to do basic knots from time to time. These Crag Cards will instantly rescue you from brain farts, with illustrations and instructions for 19 common and useful climbing knots. The … More Fun Gift Ideas for Rock Climbers
Here is a great “op-doc” exploring the ethics behind filming Alex Honnold’s free solo of El Capitan. This featurette goes into a little more detail than appears in the film itself. If you want to learn more, you can watch Free Solo on Amazon video, or buy Mark Synott’s book about the climb, “The Impossible … More Behind the Scenes of “Free Solo”
Are you 20, but find yourself complaining to your friend sabout your bad neck? Feel like all those little bones are all crunched up and unhappy with you after every climbing sesh? You might be suffering from belayer’s neck, a common climbing ailment. The solution? Belay glasses. Yes, we know: belay glasses look dorky. There’s … More Best Belay Glasses for Climbing
A first-timer’s guide to buying quickdraws for bolted sport climbing … More Best Quickdraws for Beginner Sport Climbing
Here is a very informative little video discussing the differences and advantages of two assisted-braking belay devices: the Petzl GriGri and the Climb Tech Click Up Belay Device. Petzl has recently released an updated version of the GriGri, so if you’ve been thinking about picking one up, now is the time!
One of the necessary pieces of equipment for sport climbing outside is a personal anchor system, or PAS. Popular examples of these PAS climbing safety systems include the Metolius PAS, the Petzl Connect Adjust, and the Sterling Rope Chain Reactor. In this article, we’ll review the need for a personal anchor system while climbing, alternative … More Best Personal Anchor Systems (PAS) For Sport Climbing
Alex Honnold breaks down some of Hollywood’s est and worst rock climbing movies. Let the master himself tell you what to believe. Buy Alex Honnold’s autobiography, here Read about the awesome climb that was the focus of the Oscar-winning film, Free Solo, here.
Last year saw two movies released about rock climbing El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. They were Free Solo, which profiled free soloist Alex Honnold, and The Dawn Wall, which focused on professional rock climber Tommy Caldwell’s quest to put up a new route on El Capitan. http://classic.avantlink.com/affiliate_app_confirm.php?mode=js&authResponse=a45cfaf9fcda97422d5e2f771b4f2c10b34e5b5dBoth films were released in theaters around the same … More The Dawn Wall now on Netflix
Here is a great video about how to get into ice climbing, which touches on topics like how much ice climbing costs, how to learn to ice climb, and good ice climbing destinations for beginners. Buy Petzl Nomic Ice Climbing Ice Axes here.