Base Camp Blog
This is the place to get the inside scoop from Climbing's editors. In these pages, the editors share their unvarnished opinions on the day's news, favorite climbs, recent trips, and the gear that we use when we're out climbing.
  • ReaderPoll

    Reader Poll: Tell Us Your Fears

    What is your biggest fear in climbing? Tell us in the comments and your answer could be featured in an upcoming issue of our print edition!

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  • HPSemiRad

    Semi-Rad: With A Little Aid From My Friends

    The sun was minutes away from ducking behind the West Rim of Zion Canyon on a February Saturday afternoon as I stretched high in my aiders to plug a .5 Camalot in a splitter sandstone finger crack that shot 200 feet up above my head on Touchstone Wall. I looked down at the other set of aiders clipped to my harness, flying sideways in the breeze, a couple hundred feet of air between me and the Scenic Drive road below, and I thought, How come nobody ever told me about aid climbing?

  • HPCedar

    The Wright Stuff: Humans And Heroes

    Climbing is a unique sport where it is common to meet your heroes. Unlike team sports where the best play on a separate field, in climbing, we all frequent the same cliffs. You could bump into Lynn Hill at Rifle, or Tommy Caldwell among the boulders in Yosemite. Which brings me to a climber you might call the second coming of Peter Croft: my good friend and part-time hero Alex Honnold, quite possibly the most famous and idolized climber in the world today.

  • HPHero

    Tell Us Your Hero Story

    Tell us your story! We're looking for climbers who may have saved another climber's life or prevented serious injury through timely, skillful, selfless, and/or courageous action. No professional rescuers this time, please. We're looking for ordinary climbers who've done extraordinary things.

  • HPAnswerMan

    Ask Answer Man: Are Zip-off Pants Ever Acceptable?

    Zip-off pants fall roughly between fanny packs and LARPing on the NDS (National Dork Standard), which means they are acceptable in the following situations: 1) in the very far reaches of the backcountry, where there are no people and no cameras, and 2) never.

  • HPGearHall

    Nominate Your Favorite Gear For The Gear Hall Of Fame

    Do you have an all-time favorite piece of gear? We want to hear about it! We're putting together a climbing gear hall of fame for a future issue of our print edition and we want your nominations.

  • Robbins

    Check Out These Rad Art Prints Of Four Legendary Climbers

    Royal Robbins, Jim Bridwell, Warren Harding, and John Muir. Your favorite climbing legends are now tattoo-style paintings you can hang on your wall, thanks to San Diego-based tattoo artist and climber Angel Ivan Lopez Canto.

  • Attention Photographers: Want to be Featured in our Next Photo Annual?

    We're Seeking New Photographers for our Next Photo Annual

    Climbing is seeking new talent to feature in our upcoming photo annual. Interested? Send your portfolio.

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    See Something Cringe-Inducingly Unsafe? We Want to Hear About it

  • Mammut Guide Work Glove.

    Gear We Love: Mammut Guide Work Gloves

    The Mammut Guide Work Gloves ($99, mammut.ch.en) have been my go-to gloves for aerobic winter sports or mixed climbing. Actually, pretty much anytime I opt for dexterity over pure warmth, including driving on cold days.

  • Tecnu-Poison-Oak-Ivy-LSS-_i_lbw32577_02S

    Gear We Love: Tecnu Poison Ivy Relief

    Here's how allergic to poison ivy I am. When I was a kid, I once caught poison ivy in the middle of winter, even though there was a foot of snow on the ground. It was so bad I had to go to the doctor to treat the oozing blisters that threatened to seal my eyes.