February 2005

Peak Gritsone book review

by Tom Markiewicz on February 28, 2005

Years ago I had the opportunity to do some bouldering on English gritstone while in the Peak District. Despite it being an ugly, rainy, gray day, I had an incredible time bouldering there. Shady Goings On has a good review of Peak Gritstone: East by RockFax. The RockFax site also has some comprehensive resources for […]

Bouldering competition raises money for climbing area

by Tom Markiewicz on February 26, 2005

The Tuscaloosa News reports that the Southeastern Climbing Coalition held the Moss Rock “Chalky Dreams” Bouldering Competition on February 19 at the Moss Rock Preserve in Birmingham, Alabama. The group held the event to raise funds to purchase a climbing area near Little River Canyon in northeast Alabama known as Jamestown.

Rope and climbing gear testing

by Tom Markiewicz on February 26, 2005

Tom Moyer has a great web site called Tom Moyer’s Testing Page (what else?) that covers a full range of testing performed on climbing and rescue gear. Included are rescue rigger force calculations, highline drop-testing, comparative testing of high strength cord, and euro death-knot (aka flat overhand) testing. He has a variety of videos, papers, […]

High-altitude cerebral edema

by Tom Markiewicz on February 26, 2005

Men’s Health has a piece on high-altitude cerebral edema. While the article is a novice’s account of climbing the Mexican volcano Pico de Orizaba, it provides great insight into how even the most physically trained people can fall victim. High-altitude cerebral edema (HACE) can occur unpredictably at altitudes above 14,000 feet. Fluid fills the cavity […]

Ethics in sport climbing

by Tom Markiewicz on February 24, 2005

To many climbers, the title of this post sounds contradictory. But 8a.nu has an article on ethics and the practices of sport climbing. In sport climbing, there are no written rules or judges like in all other sports. Instead, the climbing community creates and circulates the Practice & Ethics. Beginners are struggling to understand what […]

Photography tutorial

by Tom Markiewicz on February 24, 2005

Ever been disappointed with those climbing shots you took? Never fear that camera again, WheelsandWax.com has an excellent article on getting started in action sports photography. The first of a series, Intro to Action Sports Photography covers the basics starting with aperture and shutter speed.

But can they make you fly?

by Tom Markiewicz on February 24, 2005

Originally posted on Epinions several years ago (2000), I thought I would re-post my review of the La Sportiva Mythos climbing shoes as the original review became obscured in Epinions categories. La Sportiva Mythos Climbing Shoes Pros: Comfortable, multi-purpose, sensitive Cons: Laces are hard to replace Full Review: The multi-purpose La Sportiva Mythos is by […]

Strange place for bouldering

by Tom Markiewicz on February 23, 2005

Of all the places I would expect to see an article on climbing, Popular Mechanics would definitely be somewhere near the bottom of the list. Welcome to the world of bouldering, rock climbing’s little brother, climbing for those who are afraid of heights. Here, you trade the adrenaline rushes of high-altitude thrills for a low-altitude […]

Climbing in the Arabian desert

by Tom Markiewicz on February 23, 2005

MountainZone.com offers an article about an unusual climbing destination: the Middle East. More specifically, Wadi Rum in Jordan. Offering up everything from sick bouldering to crazy endurance aid climbs Wadi Rum sucked me in, and from there you can guess how my story has gone. Since my first trip to Wadi Rum I have gone […]

Lactic Acid and Pumped Forearms

by Tom Markiewicz on February 23, 2005

The forearm pump. Is there a climber who is not familiar with these awful words? Every climber has their own methods of attempting to reduce the lactic acid burn and pumped forearms. The 8a.nu site has an article putting a little science behind the madness.

Conrad Anker

by Tom Markiewicz on February 23, 2005

Gadling has a post pointing out Conrad Anker’s site. If you haven’t visited, it’s definitely worth checking out. An accomplished alpinist, Conrad is also on the board of directors of The Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation (ALCF). A worthwhile cause, the ALCF was started in memory of Alex Lowe. I was fortunate to have seen a […]

Climber missing on Mount Huntington

by Tom Markiewicz on February 18, 2005

KTUU in Anchorage, Alaska reports that a climber is missing on 12,240-foot Mount Huntington. Apparently the 26-year-old Johnny Soderstrom, a mountaineering instructor, disappeared on the approach. His climbing partner, Joe Reichert, lost him as he skied behind Soderstrom. Mount Huntington, though shorter than Denali, is considered more difficult.