May 2009

8a.nu Asks Who has the Best Home Gym in the World?

by Tom Markiewicz on May 30, 2009

If you’re looking for some inspiration for your home climbing wall, take a look at this thread on 8a.nu titled “Who has the best home gym in the world?” There are some amazing photos of climbers’ home gyms in this very long thread. If I ever get around to putting up a wall in my […]

As climbers, we suffer from numerous injuries. One of the more common climber injuries is medial epicondylitis or golfers elbow. Essentially this is pain on the inside of your elbow and it originates from overuse of the flexor muscles. All our gripping without exercising the opposing muscle groups is usually the culprit for climbers. As […]

The Technology Behind Filming an Everest Ascent

by Tom Markiewicz on May 25, 2009

The National Geographic Adventure Travel blog interviews the First Ascent team about the technology behind their Everest filmmaking. weather permitting, mountaineers Ed Viesturs, Peter Whittaker, and other members of the First Ascent team will take on the summit of Everest. And even though we have not yet donned our down jackets, we’ve been there every […]

Quick Sends – 5/22/09

by Tom Markiewicz on May 22, 2009

Climbing Magazine reports that Toni Lamprecht has climbed a new limestone sport climb, Jaws 11, at Kochel in Southern Germany that heā??s graded mid-5.15. Ueli Steck comes close to an El Cap onsight with Golden Gate (5.13b, 41 pitches). ClimbingNarc interviews Shawn Diamond and pimpin and crimpin interviews Phil Schaal. The CragBaby provides a trip […]

How Black Diamond Creates Carabiners

by Tom Markiewicz on May 21, 2009

I always find articles and videos on how climbing gear is constructed quite fascinating. A couple months ago I posted a video on how DMM makes carabiners and now Backcountry.com has written an article on Black Diamond‘s process of making carabiners from start to finish.

2009 Reel Rock Filmmaking Competition

by Tom Markiewicz on May 15, 2009

The Reel Rock Tour has announced details for this years competition. I saw last years winners during the 2008 Reel Rock Tour in Boulder where The Sharp End was premiered and they were quite well done.

Climbing Gear Review Roundup – 5/15/09

by Tom Markiewicz on May 15, 2009

Rock Climber Girl reviews the Mountain Hardwear Clouds Rest women’s sleeping bag. Steve Casimiro of The Adventure Life reviews the Coleman Lantern, the Therm-A-Rest NeoAir, and the Timbuk 2 Doctor’s Bag. Climbing Narc and Sicky Gnar Gnar have some first impressions on the Five Ten Projects. Climbing Hold Review examines Jason Kehl’s Cryptochild holds. A […]

Construction of a Climbing Gym

by Tom Markiewicz on May 14, 2009

I’m not sure how many climbing gyms one town needs, but Boulder is closing in on getting its fourth gym called Movement. For a city with a population of roughly 90,000, this seems like a lot even for Boulder’s high concentration of climbers. Regardless, I’m more than happy to have additional choices. The Movement gym’s […]

Climbing Video: Trailer for The Players

by Tom Markiewicz on May 13, 2009

Brian Solano’s newest film, The Players, is now ready for pre-orders on the web site at 20% off. Below is the trailer and quite frankly it looks amazing. The Players are the best American athletes of the modern rock-climbing era. Dave Graham, Chris Sharma, Emily Harrington, Daniel Woods, Lisa Rands, Joe Kinder, Alex Puccio, Chris […]

New River Rendezvous Climber Festival This Weekend

by Tom Markiewicz on May 12, 2009

The New River Rendezvous is of one of the best climbing events I’ve attended and this year the seventh version of this annual event takes place this weekend from May 14-17. Unfortunately I’ll not be able to attend this year, but apparently the forecast is good and there’s an outstanding lineup of events planned. The […]

The Outdoor Parent Blog

by Tom Markiewicz on May 5, 2009

Fitz Cahall of The Dirtbag Diaries recently launched a new site called The Outdoor Parent. The Outdoor Parent is a collection of surfers, climbers and skiers who have embarked the greatest adventure — parenthood — and lived to tell about it. Stories, perspective and reflections on parenting, children and the outdoor lifestyle. As I recently […]

Daniel Woods Bouldering in Red Rocks Video

by Tom Markiewicz on May 4, 2009

Following up on the launch of DPM HDTV a couple weeks ago with two videos, Dead Point Magazine now has five on their site. The most recent climbing video is Daniel Woods on Wet Dream and Abaddon in Red Rocks, Nevada filmed by Carlo Traversi. The last two added were James Litz on the first […]