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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.
  • HPalien

    Join Climbing Magazine for an AMA on Reddit Today at 2:30 pm MDT

    Today Climbing Magazine's editorial staff will be answering questions on Reddit's r/climbing community beginning at 2:30 pm MDT. If you have any burning questions about climbing, magazines, climbing magazines, Climbing magazine, anything else, or you just need a distraction at work, then stop by and hang out with us for a bit!

  • HPamtoenailsbig

    Ask Answer Man: Clipping Your Toenails in the Gym is Gross, Right?

    Answer Man answers your burning questions about climber etiquette, customs, and values. This time: gym hygiene, booty, and the nuances of "sending."

  • HPCR

    The Wright Stuff: Climbers And Climate Change

    Recently, the White House (seriously, the White House, the one on Pennsylvania Avenue) reached out to a bunch of climbers to help raise awareness of climate change through the social media hashtag #ActOnClimate. In the words of the Environmental Protection Agency, “Climate change is a serious threat to the health and welfare of American families.” They want to encourage people to take “common-sense action to reduce carbon pollution and promote a cleaner energy economy.” The outreach was timed with Obama’s move to cut carbon pollution from power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels.

  • HPBail

    Flowchart: Should You Bail?

    Sometimes things don’t go quite as planned. For whatever reason, you may find yourself in a situation where you’re considering cutting your losses and getting off the wall or backing down from that summit. While this is usually the safest bet, it’s also the least fun, and you may have to leave behind gear in the process. Here’s how to make the call.

  • HPSpeedJan

    Video: First-Person Speed Climbing With Jan Kriz

    Jan Kriz from the Czech Republic recently took first place in the junior division for speed climbing at the IFSC World Youth Championships. Here's what it looks like to run up a wall from his perspective.

  • HPDong

    Semi-Rad: Long, Hard Routes

    “I think every climber needs to summit something super, super phallic at least once,” I said to a friend on a raft trip last fall, for absolutely no reason at all. As soon as the words left my mouth, I realized I’ve really only climbed one desert tower and a couple other things that are somewhat schlong-like, and they were more sword-like than schlong-like, if I’m being completely honest. Am I even, by my own definition, a real climber if I haven’t climbed anything that looks like a, well, you know? I should make plans to go up Castleton Tower or at least Owl Rock soon, right?

  • HPCaldwood

    Re-Gram: Show Us Your #homeclimbingwall

    Have you built your own home climbing wall? We want to see it! It doesn't matter if it's a classic woody, a tree with some holds nailed to it, or an entire grain solo set up for toproping. All are welcome. Post a picture on Instagram and tag it with #homeclimbingwall. If your photo is among our favorites, we'll contact you about featuring it in an upcoming issue of our print edition.

  • Supercrack

    Semi-Rad: The Joy of Sloproping

    I will be the first to admit that I climb sloppily when I have a toprope guaranteeing my safety from above. Do you? I will try that desperate heel hook, or huck out of control for a hold above what would be a nasty ledge fall on lead, or just flat-out make dumb moves that would have bad consequences were I on the sharp end. Why not? It takes the edge off, right? Might as well try some shit. Usually I will announce in the first 20 feet of a climb, to myself or my belayer: “Man, toproping is awesome.”

  • HPAnswerMan

    Ask Answer Man: How Do I Find a Good Climbing Partner?

    Answer Man answers your burning questions about climber etiquette, customs, and values. This time: finding partners, belay glasses, and crag pooping.

  • HPFlowchart

    Flowchart: Should You Let That Rando Belay You?

    You’re at the crag. You’re tied in. You’re ready to climb. At that very moment, your belayer’s breakfast burrito comes back with a vengeance. He runs off to take care of business (using LNT practices, of course). Across the crag, a lone climber spots you. He sprints at full speed, brandishing a belay device, and yelling, “Need a belay?” You do, but should you let this random person belay you?

  • HPAM

    Ask Answer Man: Why Do So Many Strong Climbers Have Hunchbacks?

    Answer Man answers your burning questions about climber etiquette, customs, and values. This time: hunchbacks, dry ropes, and kids in the gym.

  • HPWrightSS

    The Wright Stuff: Stanley Style

    "This was the beginning of perhaps one of the sketchiest climbing mentorships of all time. With few motivated climbers to turn to, Sean really had no choice but to take me under his wing. The tutelage that followed won’t be found in Freedom of the Hills, and it would probably give the AMGA cold sweats."