Re-Gram: Show Us Your Climber Forearms

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Editor Matt Samet, a climber of 30+ years, showing off his forearm’s blood superhighway network.

I remember the first time I saw my forearm veins bulging through my skin. I had just lowered off a steep, pumpy route in the gym, following a period of frequent climbing and training. My arms looked kind of scary, like two over-filled blood water balloons. I was stoked! It made me feel like a rock climber. More than any other body part, climbing changes our forearms. They grow large and thick—sometimes eclipsing our biceps, making us look like chalked-up Popeyes—and over time, they can grow more and more vascular.

Do you have a photo showing off your bulging climber forearms? We want to see! Send it our way at, and the best image, as selected by us, will appear in our next issue plus win a pair of Upshot Belay Glasses from Metolius Climbing. (Prize only available to US residents.) 


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