May 2008

Climbing Video: Climbing a bolted concrete wall

by Tom Markiewicz on May 30, 2008

While checking out as I mentioned in my last post, I was reading their blog and found a link to this video of climbing on a bolted concrete wall. There’s also a video from the same company, Cojones Producciones, showing crack climbing up the concrete wall.

Climbing Weather site

by Tom Markiewicz on May 30, 2008

It’s time to double check the weather for weekend climbing and I stumbled on a climbing specific web site for weather that I had never used before: Usually I have a few bookmarked pages to the National Weather Service for my local climbing areas. does this better by showing exactly what I need […]

Climbing Video: Interview with Reinhold Messner

by Tom Markiewicz on May 23, 2008

An interview with the mountaineering great, Reinhold Messner via The Adventure Blog.

Review of the Black Diamond Icon headlamp

by Tom Markiewicz on May 22, 2008 posts a nice review of the Black Diamond Icon. Apparently, this headlamp can last for 90 hours on one charge. This is one thing I wish more climbing blogs did – write good reviews of climbing gear. Unlike books or electronics where you can quickly go to and find many reviews, we really […]

Quick Sends – 5/22/08

by Tom Markiewicz on May 22, 2008

Tommy Caldwell and Justen Sjong make first free ascent of El Capitan‚??s Magic Mushroom Adam Ondra repeats Action Directe (5.14d) in Germany‚??s Frankenjura Nicolas Favresse repeated Greenspit (8b+), a contender for the hardest trad crack in Europe Markus Bock climbs possible new 9a in the German Frankenjura Ben Gilmore, Maxime Turgeon, and Freddie Wilkinson have […]

At the New River Rendezvous this past weekend, I spoke with a rep from La Sportiva regarding the availability of the new Miura VS climbing shoes I wrote about previously. He told me the new Miuras should be in retailers within a month as they are currently being shipped to the US. As soon as […]

Quick Sends – 5/12/08

by Tom Markiewicz on May 12, 2008

The Olympic torch reaches the summit of Mt. Everest Rocky Mountain National Park may get wilderness protection Dream in Vertical takes us on a Bishop bouldering trip with tons of pics Barbara Zangerl makes first female ascent of Pura Vida (8A+/B) in Magic Wood, Switzerland Daniel Woods completes new 8c in Magic Wood Check CAMP […]

Time to throw away your Nalgene bottles

by Tom Markiewicz on May 8, 2008

There’s been numerous articles recently written on the problems that have surfaced regarding Nalgene bottles. Since most climbers own one of these, I decided to look into what is actually going on. I was in the REI in Bailey’s Crossroads, Virginia recently and I didn’t see a single Nalgene bottle on the shelves. A foreboding […]

Outdoor clothing store Nau closes

by Tom Markiewicz on May 7, 2008

I was introduced to Nau by Andrew Hyde during my trip to Boulder in March. During a brief chat at the TechStars office, Andrew recommended I stop by the Nau store in Boulder before leaving. He praised the quality of their sustainable clothing and fact that the company was founded by former Patagonia employees. So […]

Climbing Video: Joe Kinder and Gregory Backpacks

by Tom Markiewicz on May 7, 2008

The Backcountry Blog points us to a video from Gregory climbing packs interviewing Joe Kinder along with some great bouldering and sport climbing footage in Utah.

Quick Sends – 5/7/08

by Tom Markiewicz on May 7, 2008

Spanish climber Rafael Guillen dies on Dhaulagiri Adam Ondra sends Unplugged (9a) in Frankenjura, Germany Daniel Woods sends first ascent of Metamorphosis (8b+/V14) in Switzerland’s Magic Wood David Lama and Anna St√∂hr won the second stage of the Bouldering World Cup 2008 Dr. Topo releases Big in Japan Double Feature to DVD Interview with Henry […]

Gear Review: Revolution Uzi Crash Pad

by Tom Markiewicz on May 3, 2008

I’m a firm believer that a serious boulderer needs three types of crash pads. First, there’s the all around workhorse crash pad. At a standard size of about 40″ by 50″ feet, this pad will take care of the vast majority of your bouldering needs. Most crash pad models fall into this category and you […]