Remembering Michael Reardon, the free soloist, husband, father, and free spirit who passed away on July 13, 2007, after being swept away by a rogue wave.
Addiction. Encounters with death. The weight of everything, including happiness. Here are five personal essays about the intersection of climbing and dark manifestations.
Alex Honnold's free solo of El Capitan did not occur in a bubble of solitude and inspiration. In this archive piece, originally published shortly after Honnold's ascent, James Lucas dives into the story (and backstory) of Honnold's path to Freerider.
Michaela Kiersch discusses the importance of running, weight lifting, and injury prevention exercises to her training regimen.
The tougher you are mentally, the easier tough things will feel and the quicker you can recalibrate in the face of adversity.
High-gravity days aren't sourceless malignancies; they have causes, which means they have solutions.
Check out David Flanagan's author page.
This six-week program will hone you to climb the classics, whether it's a mountain, wall or long free route.
Always thread the rope through the anchor, not around it.
A directional is a piece of gear, be it a bolt or a cam or a nut, that places your climbing rope in the most appropriate location for zigs and zags on a climb.
When the wall kicks back past vertical, the pump clock starts ticking. It’s all about getting to the chains before that alarm goes off.
This isn't a guide to 2022's newest approach shoes—it's the pairs we return to time and again.
If a nearby climber hadn't intervened the outcome could have been a disaster.
Climbing takes power, endurance and technique. Here's a simple step-by-step program that's concise, easy to follow and will have you climbing your best practically today.
They figured they knew enough about climbing to wing it, but took a dangerous risk that could have cost them.
Here are our six keys to master-class slab climbing.
A triple package of climbing blunders, near misses and outright stupidity.
Use these methods for better rappelling—and rap backups.
Check out Paul Tusting's author page.
Bad form all the way around, and not the safest/smartest maneuver.
Might as well be soloing with this belayer completely out to lunch.
They needed to be prepared for disaster. Fortunately, a real climber stepped in.
During my seven-year return to the sport, I’ve used four basic concepts—constant flow, economy of movement, finding my center, and using my entire body—to refine and redefine the way I move.
“Road-Trip-Itus” is a well-known condition caused by spending too much time in close proximity to the same person. Here's how to prevent it.
A tossed rock and a lost belay would have killed this leader if not for a miraculous landing among the boulders.
He didn't know how to pass a knot toproping with two ropes tied together, so he just took her off belay.
A true story that could have ended any number of ways.
In the 1920s, British climbers carried pebbles in their pockets, slotting them into cracks and tying them off (with hemp cord) for pro.
Don't assume that because someone can climb hard that they are good belayers.
Whether you’re seeking out pods and pin scars in Yosemite, tackling the blissful parallels of Indian Creek, or just trying not to blow your chances in your next bouldering comp, we’ve compiled tricks of the trade that will open up a whole new world of crack climbing.
Climbing your best and most efficiently isn't just about using your hands and feet.
Whether you’re already an offwidth fan or are ready to face your fears, check out this list for some of our favorites.
Directly linked to mental composure (hence technique) under duress, physical fitness, and your ability to recover, your heart rate is the engine driving your rock climbing. No surprise, then, that training with a heart-rate monitor (HRM) can be hugely beneficial.
How do you train specifically for your route? There are tactics to employ both on and off route.
Check out Dr. Jared Vagy's author page.
This versatile hitch has a myriad uses. Here's yet another one.
Flash pump is real and terrible and can ruin your climbing day. And while the best way to get around flash pump is to avoid it (i.e. warm up), there are tricks to salvaging your post-flash-pump climbing day.
Internationally certified mountain guide Marc Chauvin gives a simple solution for addressing tangles and chaos during leader switches on multi-pitch climbs.
Failing on a route often comes down to beating the pump. Take these four exercises to heart and slay the demon.
Want to increase your maximum strength and power? Would you like to feel stronger on small handholds and increase your prowess on dynamic moves? Are you stuck in a performance plateau and need a boost to surmount it?
So how does that pink V5 in the gym’s corner stack up against outdoor boulders?
Check out Rich Crowder's author page.