January 2008

Daniel Woods bouldering in Upper Chaos Canyon, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado:

Quick Sends – 1/30/08

by Tom Markiewicz on January 30, 2008

Emily Harrington and Chris Sharma named adult national champions Wrap-up videos of the 2008 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market Lisa Rands gets the first female ascent of The Mandala (V12) Jordan Romero becomes youngest to summit Aconcagua Boat Rock Bouldering Competition results

Bouldering at the Tugging Shacks, New River Gorge

by Tom Markiewicz on January 29, 2008

The Tugging Shacks is a small, yet very cool bouldering area near Interp and OUL at the New River Gorge. While mentioned on the Waterstone Outdoors site and in an old paper guidebook, there are no details in the popular Sketches guidebook by Chris Anthony. Here are some shots of a classic V3 arete at […]

6th Annual New River Rendezvous announced

by Tom Markiewicz on January 27, 2008

The New River Rendezvous, now one of the premier climbing events in the U.S., has announced this year’s dates – May 16-18, 2008. There will be a few changes this year including pre-registration limiting attendees to 700 (last year was around 1200 climbers) and parking passes will now be needed. Registration will be live on […]

Bouldering problem at Interp, New River Gorge

by Tom Markiewicz on January 27, 2008

Blacksburg climber Dave Reis on the Ronski Feint (V7) at the Interp bouldering area, New River Gorge. And yes, despite Dave’s shirtless send of this problem, it was late November! The problem finishes just to the left of the tree.

Bouldering at Burnwood, New River Gorge

by Tom Markiewicz on January 27, 2008

Late in the fall last year, there were some excellent bouldering conditions at the New River Gorge. The next couple of posts highlight some of these problems. The following pics are of Shampoo (V5) at Burnwood.

DailyClimber offers climbing gear deals

by Tom Markiewicz on January 13, 2008

I’ve been following a relatively new site called DailyClimber that offers a single deal per day on a climbing related product. Similar to Backcountry.com’s Steep and Cheap, DailyClimber focuses more on climbing specific items (though there are often more general outdoor products offered). Each item is only offered for one day or until it’s sold […]

The Nuts Museum slideshow and history

by Tom Markiewicz on January 13, 2008

ChossMonkey.com points us to The Nuts Museum where enormous amount of old climbing gear is displayed in a slideshow. Along with tons of pictures of old gear, the article that accompanies the slideshow contains a history of nuts and other types of pro. In 1961, a blacksmith from Sheffield, John Brailsford, then a teacher of […]

New Hampshire’s Whitehorse Slabs skied

by Tom Markiewicz on January 12, 2008

Anne Skidmore posts some amazing pictures of Jim Surette and Dan Corn skiing Whitehorse Slabs in New Hampshire. The fact that they skied down a route I climbed up in the past (Standard Route, 5.5) blows my mind. Climbing.com has additional coverage.

Sir Edmund Hillary dies at age 88

by Tom Markiewicz on January 12, 2008

As has been widely reported, Sir Edmund Hillary, the first to scale Mount Everest, died at age 88 in Auckland, New Zealand. Good coverage and insight can be found at The Adventure Blog and The New York Times.

Quick Sends – 1/9/08

by Tom Markiewicz on January 9, 2008

Back from a holiday hiatus, here are this week’s quick sends. Lynn Hill stops blogging at FindYourDetour.com Boat Rock gets a deep cleaning Paul Robinson repeats Terremer (V15) in Hueco Tanks The Mushroom Boulder in Hueco Tanks is closed.