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Weekend Warrior - Videos to get you STOKED!!! by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing DPS Skis has taken their first steps into making ski movies with their new short, "Sanctuary."  Set in Valle Nevado, Chile, this is the first in their four-part "Shadow Camp ... Read on »
Consumerism and Climbing by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing I recently watched the excellent documentary, What would Jesus Buy? The film uses a theatrical troupe that poses as an anti-consumerism church as a window into today's sh ... Read on »
Parkour and Art by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Steve Casimiro at The Adventure Life posted the following video a couple of weeks ago. If you haven't checked out The Adventure Life , it's definitely time to take a loo ... Read on »
Weekend Warrior - Videos to get you STOKED!!! by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Flakes are falling, passes are on sale, wax is being melted, and bullwheels are even starting to turn. And with the return of the ski season comes the return of the ski-mov ... Read on »
Let's Do the Trucker's Hitch!!! by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing So the odd little band Ylvis, the same band that's responsible for "What's the Fox Say?" has a new song out about nothing other than the Trucker's Hitch . And yeah, it's pre ... Read on »
Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 10/16/14 by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Northwest: --A rock climber was injured Sunday afternoon after he fell from Green Mountain's established climbing rock off Gold Creek Trail, officials said. Because of th ... Read on »
Northwest Snow and Avalanche Workshop - 11/2/2012 by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Time to reward those that are loyal to all things snowy…... For those of you unfamiliar with The Northwest Snow and Avalanche Workshop (NSAW), it is an all-day semina ... Read on »
Mt Whitney's Mountaineer's Route in the Winter by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Mount Whitney (14, 505’) Winter Ascent Thousands of people climb Mount Whitney in the summertime - it’s one of the most popular peaks in the country, due to i ... Read on »
Film Review: A Lonely Place to Die by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Climbing is used so poorly in so many films, it often makes me nervous to hear that it was used in a given storyline. Think big climbing moves like Vertical Limit or Cliffha ... Read on »
Toproping Etiquette Questions by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing This article is Part II of our climbing etiquette series. To read Part I, Glacier Climbing Etiquette Questions, please click here . The following is a series of etiquett ... Read on »
Extending Your Rappel by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing We have talked about extending a rappel in this blog before. However, to date we've been too lazy to make a video on the subject.  This is not the case with Climbing magazin ... Read on »
Rappelling Safety by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing There is no doubt that rappelling is one of the most dangerous things that we regularly do in this sport. There are more climber injuries and fatalities from mistakes rappel ... Read on »
Alpine Sandstone: In Pursuit Of A Castle Valley Testpiece by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Last April, I attempted a challenging link-up in Castle Valley, Utah with my good friend Steffan Gregory.  For those who aren’t too familiar with the area, Castl ... Read on »
Liz Daley - Memorial Articles by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing One week ago today, we lost a dear friend and an inspiration to the climbing and splitboarding community. On September 29th, AAI Guide Liz Daley was killed in an avalanche i ... Read on »
Low Impact Climbing in Joshua Tree by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Most folks who play outdoors are familiar with the basic Leave No Trace principles . Those principles apply differently to different environments and activities. Here are a ... Read on »
Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Northwest: --The U.S. Geological Survey has decided to keep a closer eye on the slumbering giant in Snohomish County's wild, scenic back yard. A new study is under way fo ... Read on »
Remembering our Friend and Colleague Liz Daley by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing In the saddest news we have had in many years, the Institute team of guides and administrators learned that AAI guide Liz Daley died in an avalanche in Patagonia on Monday ... Read on »
UIAA Gear Testing Videos by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing A couple of weeks ago, we posted a video of a carabiner strength test. The video was very popular. We got to see a press destroy a carabiner. Videos of gear breaking ar ... Read on »
The Sin of Sponsorship by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Elite climbers and well-known guides have been sponsored by gear manufacturers for years. The idea behind sponsorship is that a gear manufacturer will choose an individual ... Read on »
Popular Anchor Acronyms by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Over the last decade, the use of anchor acronyms has become quite popular. For awhile, it seemed like everybody had a different acronym for the "ideal" anchor. Following are ... Read on »