The 10 Most-Read Climbing Articles of 2015

The most popular climbing stories of the year, as chosen by the eyeballs of our readers.
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The most popular climbing stories of the year, as chosen by the eyeballs of our readers.

#10 The 10 Best Climbing Instagrams

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It's easy for pro climbers and seasoned photographers to have badass Instagram accounts, but here are the 10 best climbing accounts from the rest of us.

#9 Climbing Magazine Introduces New Objective Climbing Grade Scale

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To improve the lives of climbers everywhere, we have devised a simple, objective grading method called the RDRDHAWRDRBKOFLKBKOFLK Scale. (It’s an acronym.) Since it is now the end of December, we feel obligated to inform you: this is an April Fool's joke.

#8 The Over-Gripping Myth

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Most climbers have experienced this unfortunate situation: When you get scared, you hold on too tight and waste precious energy. The perceived solution: Focus on relaxing your hands to stop over-gripping the rock, thus lasting longer. While this does seem to make logical sense, over-gripping is actually not a significant factor in this perceived fatigue. Here we’ve provided some tips and tricks to conquer your fears and prevent the dreaded pump.

#7 24 Innovative Carabiners

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Just for fun, a survey of the current state of carabiner innovations. Some are mild improvements on existing technologies. Some are proven designs that stuck around. A few are so different that they don't even look like carabiners.

#6 The True Cost of #Vanlife

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Living out of a van is romanticized on social media, but it ain't free. Climbing senior editor and van dweller Julie Ellison breaks down how much ‪#‎vanlife‬ actually costs to get up and running.

#5 Unbelayvable: 5 Photos of Absolutely Awful Belayers

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Unfortunately, the world is full of people that think merely clipping a rope to their belay device is enough to ensure the safety of their partner or, worse yet, that they can figure out how to belay on their own. Here is a collection of those dangerous people, captured in the wild by our readers.

#4 Climbing Media Is Not Sexist, You Are

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Our female editor has a rebuttal to the widespread claims that all climbing media is sexist.

#3 Are You a Real Rock Climber?

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Gym climbers aren't rock climbers. Or are they? We settle the debate once and for all. What’s actually rock climbing? Since this article has been out for a while now, we'll tip you off in advanced: it's satire. It sure was fun reading comments from the people that didn't realize that.

#2 Key Section of Famed Half Dome Route Falls Off

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Big news from Yosemite Valley this summer! A key section of the historic Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome disappeared. The rest of the saga, as it unfolded:
• What’s Next For Damaged Half Dome Route?
• The Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome has Been Restored
• Interview: Joshua Reinig on Restoring Half Dome

#1 Dean Potter, Graham Hunt Killed in BASE Jump

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We shared this story with heavy hearts. The climbing community lost an absolute legend this summer. Dean Potter was one of the most innovative, energizing, and controversial figures in modern climbing.