June 2006

The ethics of climbing

by Tom Markiewicz on June 27, 2006

Mark Scott-Nash of boulderdirt.com wrote a thought provoking article on the ethics of climbing. The “guidelines” of climbing range from restricting one’s technical climbing style to the first ascentionist style ‚?? for example, no new bolt placements ‚?? to not claiming an ascent of a peak unless you actually stand on the summit. They help […]

Climb like Dean Potter ad

by Tom Markiewicz on June 22, 2006

This is pretty funny – a humorous take on the Dean Potter climbing Delicate Arch controversy. Climb like Dean – but without all of the controversy. Build a full-size Delicate Arch climbing wall in your own back yard – plans included! This blueprint is an actual public service ad (PDF link) from the National Parks […]

New climbing blogs – The Climbing

by Tom Markiewicz on June 22, 2006

I’m finally starting to see an increase in the number of climbing blogs being created. For a while, there was a surprising few climbing blogs while there were many web sites dedicated to climbing. This post is the first in a series that will highlight new climbing blogs. If you have a blog dedicated to […]

Trango Cam Recall

by Tom Markiewicz on June 20, 2006

Trango has announced a recall on their #1 MaxCam. Details are in the PDF below: http://www.trango.com/pdfs/MCrecall.pdf

New Jersey rock climbing featured in AMC

by Tom Markiewicz on June 19, 2006

The Appalachian Mountain Club has an article on rock climbing in New Jersey. I knew there was climbing there, but not to the extent that this article covers. Standing at the base of a 150-foot cliff fronted by a field of car-sized boulders, it‚??s hard to shake the feeling that this area just doesn‚??t seem […]

Superclip review

by Tom Markiewicz on June 18, 2006

Wired Nut has a review of a new stick clip tool, the RockTools Superclip. Looks like it may be a better alternative than the Trango Squid.

Nelson Rocks Via Ferrata

by Tom Markiewicz on June 18, 2006

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has an interesting article on the via ferrata at Nelson Rocks in West Virginia. I’ve never been on it myself, but I’ve observed many people on the via ferrata while climbing at Nelson Rocks (when it was open of course). Italian for “iron road,” a via ferrata is essentially a fixed rock-climbing […]