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.
  • HPSR

    Semi-Rad: The Fear Factor

    I can’t remember the holds at the beginning of Barbecue the Pope (5.10b) at Smith Rock, just the indecision: I definitely had one more heady move to do before I could clip the first bolt, 20 feet off the deck. I looked down to my right, then to my left, and thought, Wow, that’s actually a really good landing, all things considered. I looked up at the bolt and tried to figure out the move, and then I imagined the results of a fall if my foot slipped. It wasn’t pretty.

  • HPAM

    Ask Answer Man: Can I Wear A POV Camera Without Looking Dorky?

    Don’t: Wear the damn thing like the antenna on those Google Street View cars. You look ridiculous (and could hurt yourself). Do: Get a small tripod and look for unique vantage points from which to film.

  • HPCedar

    The Wright Stuff: Dirtbagging Is Dead

    Sound the alarm! We are on the brink of a great tragedy. Climbing has a dying breed in its ranks, a breed upon which the very foundation of our sport was built: the dirtbag. The golden age of climbing is replete with these anti-heroes: Pratt, Chouinard, and Beckey are our dirtier, more destitute Magic, Bird, and Jordan. But now it would seem dirtbag culture is on the brink of extinction; perhaps destined to go the way of the swami belt or the figure eight belay device.

  • HPClimbProbs

    Re-Gram: Show Us Your #ClimberProblems!

    Feet stained red from your new climbing shoes? Do you have the flapper to top all other flappers? Or, like the gentleman below, have your tips been sanded so smooth by gritty crimps and slopers that you don't have fingerprints? We want to see! Post a picture on Instagram and tag it with #climberproblems. If your photo is among our favorites, we'll contact you about featuring it in an upcoming issue of our print edition.

  • HPFlowchart

    Flowchart: Should You Instagram That Climbing Photo?

    Climbing, as a sport, lends itself particularly well to being photographed. While every baseball field looks about the same, climbers often find themselves surrounded by amazing natural scenery, and it’s tempting to want to ’gram everything that happens out there. On the other hand, many types of climbing photos have become a little cliché at this point. So you’ve got a sweet climbing photo burning a hole in your iPhone’s internal hard drive. Should you ’gram it?

  • 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.