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Weekend Warrior - Videos to get you STOKED!!! by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing There are more than just "Pretty Faces" in this first video this weekend.  This new trailer from Unicorn Picnic shows some ladies who know how to rip! Unicorn Pi ... Read on »
Carabiners and Damage to Ropes by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing We all know that we should always use the same end of the quickdraw for the rope. While the other end should always be used for bolt. The reasoning behind this is that the b ... Read on »
Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 9/18/14 by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Northwest: NOTE - With the information below, there have been three rappelling accidents that lead to fatalities in the Pacific Northwest in the last three weeks. While w ... Read on »
Gourmet Backcountry Food for Backpacking by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing AAI Backpacking guide Jeff Ries has a great advantage over our mountaineering guides. If you take out your rope and your harness and your pickets and your cams, suddenly you ... Read on »
Film Review: Vertical Frontier by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Mount Everest is deeply embedded in the minds of climbers and non-climbers alike all over the world. People think about it constantly.  We hear it all the time: "what do I n ... Read on »
Sprained Ankles: Don't Do More Damage by Rushing Recovery by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Ankle sprains are among the most common injuries, and unfortunately, they are more often than not, not well cared for. An article by health writer Jane Brody in the New ... Read on »
Route Profile: Chimborazo's Stübel Glacier Route by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Chimborazo rises from Ecuador's altiplano. AAI Collection.  Chimborazo is Ecuador's highest peak. It is a massive, five-summited mountain rising nearl ... Read on »
A Children's Book about Mountain Guides? by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Yep, you bet. Mark the Mountain Guide is a book for kids about Mountain Guides. The video doesn't give us the whole story, but I bet that the guide gets all of his c ... Read on »
The Mug Dilema by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Well, it's not really that much of a dilemma. A few years ago, somebody suggested to me that one could save space and go lighter if he ditched his mug for hot drinks. The ... Read on »
Vertical Limit: An Instructional Video? by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Hold your breath! Okay, you can let it out now. There wasn't that much a reason to hold your breath, because the 2000 film, Vertical Limit is dumb. It has been discus ... Read on »
Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 9/4/14 by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Northwest: --It appears that there was a fatality in Skaha over the weekend. The climber only threaded one of the ropes and missed clipping the other before rappelling. T ... Read on »
Snake Bites: First Aid and Prevention by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing As the climbing season in the Southwest goes through the high season of March and April, I am often asked about snakes. Are there snakes in  Red Rock ? Are there snakes in  ... Read on »
Wilderness Navigation by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing There are many parts to wilderness navigation, but four tools stand out as being the most important. First, a good topographical map. Second, a compass. Third, an altimet ... Read on »
The Indespensibles by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing We all have them. They are the luxury items that you absolutely must have on every trip. They are the indispensables. In climbing, we always worry about weight. Every ... Read on »
Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 8/28/14 by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Northwest: --A climber was injured on the Apron in Squamish last week. To read more, click here  and here . --A team that combined the Access Fund, and representatives ... Read on »
Route Profile: Everest by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Everest Mount Everest is still the ultimate mountaineering adventure. As one of the Seven Summits and also the highest mountain in the world, Everest has immense appeal to m ... Read on »
What's Wrong with this Picture? by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Most climbers begin their career by toproping.  If you're reading this blog, it's likely that you've toproped before.  So I'd like to try something new with this blog.  I'd ... Read on »
Outhouse Etiquette by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing We spend a lot of time on this blog talking about different techniques for climbing. We talk about mountain ethics, land management advocacy and Leave No Trace. Indeed, we h ... Read on »
Weekend Warrior - Videos to get you STOKED!!! by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing The history of climbing in the Yosemite valley is artfully documented in the latest project from Sender Films.  Valley Uprising has already gotten a lot of attention as it h ... Read on »
The Dangers of Glissading by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Yep, you can find them in just about every issue of Accidents in North American Mountaineering. They have unwieldy headlines like "Climber injured in Glissade Accident" ... Read on »