Some Day I’ll Crimp Like a Real Boy

Carl Bullock puts his training program to the test on Nirvana, 5.11+, Lover’s Leap, CA. “Oh, this hold IS bad. You never know with you!” For years, the sport climbing at Red Rocks stifled me. Some people like to go on and on about how soft the grades are there, but I

4 Gear Essentials for Spring

Even though we still have quite a bit of snow in the mountains, spring has finally arrived in Western Colorado. The warm, dry days are outnumbering the wet and cold days, there’s light in the sky late into the evening, and it’s time to climb! In that vein, we offer

Take a Holiday in Spain

The west side of Valley Crags, looking down from the village of Siurana. Pick up any climbing magazine, and chances are you’ll find an article or two about exotic crags in other countries, complete with pictures of flowing tufas, orange and blue cliffs, the stuff that dreams are made of. As

Salewa Firetail 3 Review

A big problem I have with many approach shoes is their lack of versatility. Sure, the majority are great for scrambling through rocky terrain, and some can climb reasonably well, but the simple fact remains that most approach shoes are being used mostly for, well, the approach! If that happens

Arc’teryx Alpha SV Jacket Review

The most recent storm had been accompanied by winds up to 98 mph, which had thankfully calmed down to a mere 20-30 mph as we worked our way up the exposed ridge toward our ski objective for the day. When we crested a rise, there it was before us, or

Petzl Volta Guide Rope Review

The new Petzl Volta Guide is touted as an ideal cord for “intensive mountaineering,” certified for single, half or twin rope use. Over the last couple of months, I’ve used it on such cutting-edge mountaineering routes as Glitter Gulch, The Machinist and Velociraptor. Not familiar with these alpine test pieces?

Greg Boswell winter climbing video profile

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A Question of Balance

I’ve been finding it difficult to write about climbing these days. After visiting the Outdoor Retailer show, it felt petty to post up about a bunch of climbing gear when so many issues of greater importance were dominating the news. It’s also been hard not to get sucked down the bad-news

2017 Winter Outdoor Retailer Climbing Report

I only had a day to check out the Winter Outdoor Retailer show, but it was packed from start to finish and I got to check out a lot of the new stuff that’s coming out. As usual, nothing groundbreaking, but many small innovations and refinements. A brief recap follows,

Bulldog Creek Dog Walk (IV WI 4+)

Hayden Carpenter and Tom Bohanon recently repeated an obscure ice climb on the south side of Mt Sopris. Given a brief mention in Jack Robert’s ice guide, Bulldog Creek Walk is described as being 100 meters of WI 4. What they found was seven pitches of ice in a remote