Climbing

How to Make a Tape Glove

by Tom Markiewicz on September 3, 2009

Chris Weidner describes in detail how to make a tape glove for crack climbing. Whether learning how to jam cracks or cruising 5.13 testpieces, tape gloves will prevent the back of your hands from turning into hamburger. Not only will this help you avoid needless suffering, it will allow you to climb exponentially more than […]

Silent Feet, How to Have Better Climbing Footwork

by Tom Markiewicz on August 18, 2009

Silent feet was one the best exercises I learned for better technique when I started climbing. This Tech Tip from Climbing goes into details on how to have better footwork while climbing. As your main points of weighted contact, your feet matter. Placing them silently forces you to be deliberate and aware with your choice, […]

Dead Point Magazine Now Offers PDF Download, Kinda

by Tom Markiewicz on August 17, 2009

ClimbingNarc reports that Dead Point Magazine now allows you to save the online magazine as a PDF for offline reading. I’ve been complaining about this for a while, but unfortunately they’re not quite there yet. You can’t just click on a link for the PDF download. Instead, you have to load up the entire online […]

Climbing Video: Matt Wilder on The Path (5.14a/b R)

by Tom Markiewicz on August 14, 2009

Matt Wilder making the third ascent of The Path (5.14a/b R) at Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada. via Matt Wilder and @jmccartie

Trad Climbing Techniques, Tricks, and Tips

by Tom Markiewicz on June 24, 2009

Rick from Cremnomaniac has complied a nice list of trad climbing techniques, tricks, and tips. Trad climbing has lost some of its appeal, or is a smaller blip on the radar. I still know plenty of folks that prefer trad, but there was a day when there was only trad. Trad climbing may be analogous […]

The Accessorized Trad Climber from Pimpin and Crimpin

by Tom Markiewicz on March 27, 2009

Pimpin and Crimpin has a hilarious post up on the accessorized trad climber. Check it out and I guarantee you’ll laugh! Duct Tape: For some reason that I will never understand, trad climbers have an affinity for duct tape that is almost as creepy as a mustachioed man winking at five year olds. What they […]

The Future of Climbing and Technology – Part 2

by Tom Markiewicz on March 23, 2009

In the first part of this series, I questioned whether traditional climbing magazines can still thrive or will we see a faster migration to online only publications? Peter Beal and Dougald MacDonald both have some interested perspectives on this issue and I’d like to expand further on the topic. Personally, I still enjoy reading climbing […]

The Future of Technology and Climbing – Part 1

by Tom Markiewicz on March 12, 2009

Late last year my wife and I bought a house in Colorado and we went through all the normal stressful steps accompanying it. At one point during the process, I received a return phone call from my real estate agent from an unusual place – he was climbing the Third Flatiron! Now my first jealous […]

Chuck Fryberger Discusses Fred Nicole

by Tom Markiewicz on March 10, 2009

Chuck Fryberger offers up some insight on climbing great Fred Nicole. Should I even write about Fred? I’ve been bouldering avidly for 14 years and I still feel under-qualified to try to write any sort of authoritative article about him. I’ve slept on his floor on trips to Switzerland, I’ve shot footage and pictures of […]

Partial Rupture to A2 Tendon Pulley

by Tom Markiewicz on February 27, 2009

I’ve been struggling with some climbing injuries recently and finally decided to visit a sports medicine doctor highly recommended by a friend. My issues were a recurring finger injury at the base of my right ring finger and pain in my elbows and thumbs. He rather quickly diagnosed the elbows/thumbs as flexor tendinitis and set […]

Ice Climber Will Gadd Profiled on ESPN The Magazine

by Tom Markiewicz on February 26, 2009

ESPN The Magazine profiles ice climber Will Gadd. Gadd stands at the base of the 40-foot-high frozen waterfall and looks up. He kicks footholds with his crampons and swings his axes overhead, driving the points deep into the ice. He pulls with his arms and pushes with his legs, then kicks his feet and swings […]

More Chicks, A Weekend at the Betty Ice Ball

by Tom Markiewicz on February 12, 2009

Today’s guest post is from Jenn Fields, who writes at http://www.jennfields.com. I wasn??t sure what I??d get out of a weekend of ice climbing just with girls, because I??ve always climbed with boys. Of course I??d come away with sore shoulders, bigger calves and more mad girl-climbing skills, but what else would be on the […]