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Film Review: The Thing (2011) by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing A lot of AAI guides have spent time working in Antarctica over the years. These include Tom Kirby, Alasdair Turner, Dylan Taylor, Tim Connelly, and Danny Uhlmann, among oth ... Read on »
How to Sharpen Crampons by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing After running a blog about sharpening ice screws , we had a request on how to sharpen crampons. Mixed climbing, moving from an ice climb onto a rock climb and then back, ... Read on »
Weekend Warrior - Videos to get you STOKED!!! by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing We've showed a few videos before of slackliner "Sketchy" Andy Lewis.  But his latest feat has taken slacklining to new heights - literally.  After practicing first at 10' of ... Read on »
Trip Report: L’Epaule du Tacul, Alps by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Finally the month long storm has subsided here in  Chamonix  and we have high pressure forecasted for the foreseeable future. Not that I'm complaining about all the storm an ... Read on »
Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 3/13/14 by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Northwest: --Mount Baker and Stevens Pass ranked first and third, respectively, on a list of the 10 places with biggest snowfall totals in North America from snowbrains.c ... Read on »
Route Profile: Engineer Mountain, standard winter route by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, which are situated in the Southwest portion of the state near Ouray, offer some of the finest winter conditions in North America.  The combi ... Read on »
Film Review: The Summit by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing K2 is often considered to be the most dangerous mountain in the world. One out of every four people who climb to the summit of the mountain perishes on the descent. So it is ... Read on »
Mt. Baker Avalanche Course by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing I spent last weekend teaching an avalanche course in the Mount Baker backcountry. We had some great conditions for teaching an avalanche course with many unstable layers an ... Read on »
Weekend Warrior - Videos to get you STOKED!!! by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing John Freeman is an ACMG Guide, Rope Access Technician, and a world-class climber.  He recently put up a new ice route with Will Gadd in Helmcken Falls.  He also belongs to a ... Read on »
Nordic Snowboarding....? by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Video offered without comment...   --Jason D. Martin Read on »
Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 3/6/14 by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Northwest: --AAI Guide Gregg Cronn was mentioned in the Cold Thistle blog this week. The post states, "On Friday my wife, a PNW friend and I met Gregg Cronn a great guide ... Read on »
Route Profile: Diedre - 5.7, II+ by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Between Vancouver, British Columbia and the Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort lies one of the best rock climbing playgrounds in North America. Squamish , sometimes referred to a ... Read on »
Trip Report: Powder Asphyxiation & Col des Cristaux; Chamonix by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing I've spent the last month basically in a little place called Trenchtown, Italy. It's a magical spot 15-minutes from Chamonix filled with fine Italian espresso, spines, aweso ... Read on »
What to do if You Fall in a Tree Well by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing At the beginning of the ski season, we posted an article on the Dangers of Tree Wells . The danger doesn't really go away. Any and every powder day, be it in the heart of th ... Read on »
Weekend Warrior - Videos to get you STOKED!!! by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing In our first video this week, the folks from Nimbus show us once again that skiing in Japan is as beautiful and amazing as its culture and people. Compass: NIPPO ... Read on »
Leading with Beginners by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing The proceeding information is a mildly edited excerpt from Rock Climbing: The AMGA Single Pitch Manual , by Bob Gaines and Jason D. Martin. The book will be released this sp ... Read on »
Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 2/27/14 by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Northwest: --A man is dead and a woman is seriously injured after they got caught in an avalanche while skiing near British Columbia's Kootenay Pass on Sunday. The two we ... Read on »
Route Profile: Preparing for the BIGGER route by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Not every climb can be done over the course of a long weekend. Some routes require multiple weeks on a mountain to put you in the best possible situation for success and m ... Read on »
Ice Anchors - Part II by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing So Part 1 showed how to make ice anchors with two screws. Part 2 will show you how to make ice anchors in more complicated scenarios. Let's get to it. How to Make a 3-Scr ... Read on »
Ice Anchors - Part I by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing There are loads of different types of anchors, but they all use the same fundamental strategy: connect multiple, sound points of protection together to use their combined st ... Read on »