January 2005

Rope knots instruction, comparisons, and ratings

by Tom Markiewicz on January 31, 2005

Dave Root has a comprehensive listing of the most useful rope knots for the average person to know on his web site. Especially interesting is an included chart comparing knot strength ratings.

Old bolts being replaced in Joshua Tree National Park

by Tom Markiewicz on January 30, 2005

The American Safe Climbing Association (ASCA) is providing hardware to climbers replacing bolts in Joshua Tree. The Hi-Desert Star reports that while rangers approve of the replacement of bolts for existing routes, new routes are not being bolted. The ASCA also provides a list of the routes rebolted.

Governor Stable Bouldering Competition

by Tom Markiewicz on January 30, 2005

The Governor Stable Bouldering Competition, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Alliance of Climbers (PAC), will be held this year on March 19, 2005. This annual competition hosts over 200 climbers and registration for the comp includes a one year PAC membership.

Ode to a Pink Tricam

by Tom Markiewicz on January 29, 2005

Charles Danforth has a witty poem entitled “Ode to a Pink Tricam” on his Pink Tri-Cam Fan Page: Whether you love it or hate it, everyone seems to have some strong opinion of our little pink friends. That’s right, the size 0.5 Tri-cam from Camp! Personally, I love the little buggers. No climb is complete […]

Ice climbing festivals list

by Tom Markiewicz on January 29, 2005

IceClimb.com has a list of the 2005 ice climbing festivals in North America.

Roboclimber, the rock climbing robot

by Tom Markiewicz on January 29, 2005

Ok, you just have to read this to believe it. Developed using European Space Agency (ESA) technology, the Roboclimber is being used to prevent landslides in Italy.

World’s tallest indoor climbing gym

by Tom Markiewicz on January 29, 2005

Here are some great pics of an indoor and outdoor climbing gym in Dallas called Stoneworks. Built in and on a converted silo, Stoneworks bills itself as the world’s tallest indoor climbing gym with routes up to 121 feet.

Climbing in the Red River Gorge

by Tom Markiewicz on January 26, 2005

With so many climbing web sites rarely updated, its nice to see two great sites updated and maintained on a regular basis. When they detail climbing at the Red, it’s especially refreshing to see such interesting resources. The first is the Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition. Simply put, the organization is a local climber’s advocacy […]

Red River Gorge video

by Tom Markiewicz on January 26, 2005

There’s a nice trailer of Classic Red by Jeff Neal at the video’s web site. I have not seen it in its entirely, but the Classic Red claims to feature 28 classic Red River Gorge routes including both sport and trad climbing. There is also footage of two 5.12 off-width roof cracks, though I somehow […]

Bouldering photo site

by Tom Markiewicz on January 26, 2005

Just found a great web site called zero friction, specifically for bouldering images. Quoting the zero friction site: 0friction.com is a site by climbers for climbers for a world of digital cameras and climbing photography. It is a place where a climbing fotog can upload his/her favorite pictures through a very simple process so that […]

More on finger injuries in climbing

by Tom Markiewicz on January 24, 2005

As a chronic sufferer of finger injuries, I’ve sought out the most effective ways of preventing injury while climbing. While I’ve read in numerous books about stretching the fingers and forearms, not much discussion has gone into the stretching of individual fingers. Most climbing training books advise to stretch the fingers as a group. From […]

Hand Injuries in Rock Climbing

by Tom Markiewicz on January 23, 2005

As a climber who has repeatedly suffered from finger and shoulder injuries, I’m always on the lookout for informative articles that allow me to understand the physiology of the body systems climbers are always pushing to the limits. It’s rare to find sport-specific information on hand and finger injuries. So, I was especially pleased when […]