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Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 8/21/14 by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Northwest: --Late in July, Northwest super climbers Blake Herrington and Jens Holsten made the ultimate link-up in the Stuart Range. They climbed three 5.12 routes in a d ... Read on »
Fear of Falling: Clip-Drop Technique by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing The scariest thing in all of climbing is falling. And perhaps the hardest thing to do in all of climbing is to manage the fear of falling. The Clip-Drop technique is a way t ... Read on »
Weekend Warrior - Videos to get you STOKED!!! by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing I bet most climbers are a bit anxious about their first real big wall experience.  Do we have enough food and water?  Did we bring the right gear?  How long will it take?  A ... Read on »
The Layering System by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing There are a lot of different theories about layering systems. And most of them have some basis in reality. It is important for climbers to look at what others are doing an ... Read on »
Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 8/14/14 by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Northwest: --The search for a Japanese climber who disappeared in November on Mt St. Helens was suspended Saturday after his remains were found. According to Skamania Cou ... Read on »
Route Profile: Tunnel Vision 5.7+ by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Tunnel Vision Location: Angel Food Wall, Red Rock Canyon, NV Difficulty: 5.7+ Elevation gain: 750' Here at AAI our programs are starting to ramp up for the fall, winte ... Read on »
2014 Summer Outdoor Retailer Recap by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing The Outdoor Retailer Show is the largest trade show of its kind in the US. Housed in the Salt Lake City Salt Palace, the show spans an amazing 820,000 square feet of f ... Read on »
Saddlebags for Rappelling by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Rappelling is always tricky. It is the most dangerous thing that we do in the mountains and there are a lot of things to worry about. Are the ropes touching the ground? Are ... Read on »
2014 Guides Choice Award Winners Announced by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing The American Alpine Institute Guides Choice Awards are being announced today at the 2014 Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City. This years award winners have all bee ... Read on »
Route Profile: Ecuador's Cayambe by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Found forty miles northeast of Quito, Cayambe stands at 18,997 feet and is Ecuador's third highest peak. The views from the mountain are stunning as it looks out over Reve ... Read on »
Coiling a Rope by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Coiling a rope is both a skill and an art. First, it's a skill because no matter how you coil the rope, you should be proficient and it should be easy to uncoil the rop ... Read on »
Marking Your Gear by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing The Facebook post was incredibly embarrassing. "It looked like a crime scene," my wife wrote. "An entire bottle of blood red nail polish spilled from the kitchen counter top ... Read on »
Sibling Rivalry - Mt. Adams vs. Mt. Hood by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing The Klickitat tribe of Washington and Oregon has a fantastic legend about an ancient dispute between two brothers that we now know as the Cascade volcanoes, Mount Adams and ... Read on »
Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 7/31/14 by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Sierra: --AAI Guide Ian McEleney and Aaron Richards recently completed the "Big Four" of Sierra Nevada alpine routes in four days. The Big Four are the Harding Route on t ... Read on »
Sunset Memories by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing The golden light of the late afternoon shown on the Sunset Slabs at Mt. Erie, changing them from dark gray to red.  My five-year-old daughter stood near the edge of the cl ... Read on »
Anchors "In Series" by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Many climbers find the transition from top-roped climbing into leading to be daunting. This is especially daunting when the move is tinged with the possibility that you will ... Read on »
Weekend Warrior - Videos to get you STOKED!!! by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing In Mammut's latest video series "Climbing the Classics" they pair first ascencionists and classic climbers with up and coming phenoms to repeat some of the great climbs thro ... Read on »
Singles, Halves and Twins by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing To start with, all of those who found today's blog by typing in the word "single" while looking for a dating site are going to be disappointed. And those of you who found th ... Read on »
Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 7/24/14 by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Northwest: --A backcountry skier who survived a 100-foot fall on Oregon's Mount Jefferson Friday night is crediting his personal locator beacon for helping him get out sa ... Read on »
Route Profile: Denali - West Rib by Jason Martin Posted in: Blog Posts in Rock climbing Denali - 20,320 ft (6194 m) Our approach is to climb this line "alpine style." In other words, we climb the normal West Buttress route up to Camp III at 14,200 feet to accl ... Read on »