Climbing Areas

The Effects of a New Climbing Gym

by Tom Markiewicz on September 2, 2009

By now many of you have heard about the new climbing gym that opened in Boulder called Movement. What makes this interesting is Boulder, a city of about 100,000, now has four climbing gyms (Boulder Rock Club (BRC), The Spot, CATS, and Movement). While the concentration of climbers in Boulder is obviously quite high, I’ve […] 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 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 […]

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 […]

The U.S. Interior Department announced that Rocky Mountain National Park will receive $2.7 million (of the $20+ million requested) to repair trails, roads, and sewer systems as part of the federal stimulus bill. The money the park receives is part of the $750 million federal package to improve the national park system. A full list […]

Guide to Bouldering in Fontainebleau, France

by Tom Markiewicz on March 4, 2009

photo credit: ~ Phil Moore offers up a comprehensive guide to bouldering at Fontainebleau, France complete with how to train, the local rating system, when to go, and where to stay. It has been used as a bouldering area since the 1870s and has almost continuously remained at the centre of the world bouldering […]

The Monkey Traverse at Flagstaff Mountain

by Tom Markiewicz on February 6, 2009

Since I’ve been unable to climb the past couple weeks while rehabbing my flexor tendonitis, I’ve been trying to use my camera more. Yesterday, while touring my visiting parents around Boulder, I caught some nice images of some climbers at the Monkey Traverse area of Flagstaff. The following shots are from a pull-off above the […]

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 […]

Bouldering in Morrison, Colorado

by Tom Markiewicz on December 16, 2008

A few weeks ago, I had a chance to check out the bouldering at Morrison in Colorado. It was an unusually gray and cloudy day, so I didn’t get many pictures, but I did want to write up my mini summary of the area. First off, Morrison is the kind of bouldering area where you […]

Carter Lake Bouldering

by Tom Markiewicz on August 22, 2008

As I mentioned in my last post, we moved to Colorado this week and I was obviously excited about all the new climbing opportunities in my backyard. In my rush to get on some rock, I ignored the fact that my body was exhausted from all the packing, driving, unpacking, and moving around of heavy […]

Another climbing gym in Boulder?

by Tom Markiewicz on April 9, 2008

The ClimbingNarc reports that a new climbing gym is coming to Boulder. Why is this news? There’s already three good sized gyms in Boulder already. But as I found out in my trip to Boulder a couple weeks ago, everyone you meet there is a climber. I’d love to see actual numbers on what percentage […]

Cleaning new bouldering problems in Virginia

by Tom Markiewicz on March 29, 2008

I just returned from a great bouldering session today at a new, yet to be named, area in Virginia. It’s hard to believe that these boulders have not been developed yet due to their proximity to the Appalachian Trail; but the dirt, shrubbery, heavy lichen, and lack of chalk say otherwise. There are a few […]

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. has additional coverage.