January 2009

Trailer for New Bouldering Film Pure Released

by Tom Markiewicz on January 30, 2009

Chuck Fryberger, producer of Dosage V: Alpine Blocs, released a trailer for his upcoming bouldering film Pure. Premiering February 20 at the Boulder Theater, Pure focuses on 19 climbers bouldering across the globe. Featured climbers include Nalle Hukkataival, Kevin Jorgeson, Kilian Fischhuber, Anna Stoehr, Fred Nicole, and Cody Roth.

How To Sharpen Ice Screws

by Tom Markiewicz on January 29, 2009

Even though the ice is still not fat everywhere, it is definitely ice climbing season in many areas. Black Diamond has a good video tutorial on how to get prepared and sharpen your ice screws.

Climbing Magazine 2008 Golden Piton Awards

by Tom Markiewicz on January 28, 2009

Climbing Magazine announced its 2008 Golden Piton Awards. Some of the winners included Chris Sharma for his send of Jumbo Love (5.15b), Beth Rodden for the FA of Meltdown in Yosemite, and Paul Robinson for his more than 80 problems rated V11 or higher last year. As with last year‚??s GP awards, we‚??ve prioritized vision […]

Announcing a Climbing Meetup with Steph Davis

by Tom Markiewicz on January 26, 2009

On February 12th, accomplished climber and author Steph Davis is coming to Boulder to give a slideshow presentation at Neptune Mountaineering. The following day, on Friday, February 13 at 7pm, All Climbing is hosting a meetup / welcoming party with Andrew Hyde (a startup guru in Boulder) for Steph. Andrew is a good friend of […]

Pre-Equalized Anchors and the American Death Triangle

by Tom Markiewicz on January 22, 2009

The American Alpine Institute points out a series of videos by Canadian climbing guide Mike Barter on the pre-equalization on anchors: There is a little bit of controversy over pre-equalized anchors. Some feel that one leg of the anchor will get more force than another, which means that such an anchor could never be fully […]

Clif Bar Announces Recall Due to Contaminated Peanut Butter

by Tom Markiewicz on January 21, 2009

Clif Bars, a favorite of climbers and outdoor enthusiasts, has issued a recall for some of its popular products including Clif Bars, Clif Builder‚??s Bar, Clif Kid ZBaR, Clif Luna Bar, and Clif Mojo Bars. Basically any Clif product that has peanut butter as an ingredient that was manufactured within a certain timeframe may be […]

Alpinist Magazine Returns

by Tom Markiewicz on January 21, 2009

Dougald MacDonald reports that Vermont-based Height of Land Publications has purchased the assets of Alpinist. The current publishers of Backcountry and Telemark Skier Magazines plan to bring back Alpinist in its current form and honor all current subscriptions. Additionally, Alpinist is offering a special re-launch price of $30 for one year. From the press release: […]

Climbing Hold Reviews

by Tom Markiewicz on January 20, 2009

If you have your own home climbing wall or run a climbing gym, you should definitely take a look at the Climbing Hold Review blog. I recently stumbled on this site and was impressed by the depth of each review. Each has a video of their hold testing along with suggested uses for your climbing […]

What is Your Favorite Brand of Climbing Shoe?

by Tom Markiewicz on January 14, 2009

It’s time for the first in a series on polls here on All Climbing. With the significant number of you readers out there, I figured we could have some fun and gather some insight by having polls on a regular basis. I know most climbers (myself included) are quite passionate about their climbing shoes and […]

Belay Device Friction Test

by Tom Markiewicz on January 13, 2009

Following up on their climbing shoe rubber friction test, Spadout has recently released a belay device friction test. While highly unscientific not rigorous, this is at least a nice starting point for an objective debate over which tube-style belay device is best (they did not test auto-blocking devices). Their overriding view on the tests were: […]

Data on Climbing Accidents and Fatalities

by Tom Markiewicz on January 12, 2009

From what I consider to be a somewhat morbid website, I was forwarded a link from Obit Magazine (yes, a website all about people dying, I don’t care how they try to spin it) regarding a climbing death at Seneca Rocks, West Virginia last Fall. The author reflects on her death and how other climbers […]

You may have heard about the impressive recent ascent of the 45-foot high ball Ambrosia by Kevin Jorgeson on the Grandpa Peabody boulder in The Buttermilks, Bishop, Califonia. Big UP was on hand to film the ascent and UKclimbing.com describes Ambrosia as a “V11 boulder problem in to a 5.13a (F7c+) solo.” And Wills Young […]