Climbing and Startups

by Tom Markiewicz on June 9, 2010

I haven’t posted in a while, so I thought I’d share with everyone the reason why. I’ve been heads down for the past several months working on my new company, StatsMix. We’re building a web-based service that creates custom dashboards bringing together internal and external metrics in one place so businesses can make better decisions […]

Weekly Twitter Updates for 2009-12-20

by Tom Markiewicz on December 20, 2009

RT @climbingnarc CCC And Access Fund To Purchase Bouldering Area In North Carolina #climb # RT @MetoliusClimb 20% off all Metolius Cams – Coupon code: 1260229769 – Holiday Special ends today # RT @SuperTopo: If you slackline or highline you MUST read this! # iTopoMaps: Technology in the Wilderness # […]

Weekly Twitter Updates for 2009-12-13

by Tom Markiewicz on December 13, 2009

Girth Hitching a Stopper #climb (via @BlackDiamondUSA) # RT @climbingnarc Cool List Of 5.14d And Harder Climbs/Climbers #climb # Ice climbing guide to Boulder's Flatirons #climb # RT @splitterchoss The Ice Climbing Season is Here! 3climb # RT @climbingnarc MSA Redpoint Descender Auto Belay Discontinued Indefinitely #climb # Amazing dyno […]

Weekly Twitter Updates for 2009-12-06

by Tom Markiewicz on December 6, 2009

Extending Cam Slings #climb # RT @climbingnarc #climb New V14 In Austria By Daniel Woods # RT @rockmonkeyart Back in boulder after tday in Indian creek and a wild rukus… # Chris Schulte FAs new problems at Mount Evans, Colorado #climb (via @BlackDiamondUSA) # RT @splitterchoss Interview with Dave Pegg of […]

Extending Cam Slings

by Tom Markiewicz on November 29, 2009

Kolin Powick from Black Diamond posted another excellent gear testing article, this time on the different methods of extending slings on cam placements. He illustrates the three common methods he uses (same as mine) and then examines a sling-on-sling approach he thought was dicey. The sling-on-sling method of extending a cam sling does save the […]

Weekly Twitter Updates for 2009-11-29

by Tom Markiewicz on November 29, 2009

RT @AlpineInstitute Lynn Hill: Visualization and Patience #climb # The velcro on my Miuras are not sticking anymore. Anyone have suggestions for cleaning/repairing velcro on climbing shoes? #climb # Matt Wilder making Midnight Lightning look easy #climb (via @MetoliusClimb) # Disciples of Gill: New film chronicles climbing innovators #climb (via @dailycamera) # […]

Weekly Twitter Updates for 2009-11-22

by Tom Markiewicz on November 22, 2009

Bouldering in Ohio #climb #bouldering # The Sin of Sponsorship #climb (via @clmbmore, @lstefurak) # Conrad Anker climbing on Eldorado Canyon's famed Naked Edge #climb (via @BlackDiamondUSA) # Top 5 Rocky Mountain National Park Ice Climbs #climb (@via @RMNP4MS, @jennfields) # Climbers Find Relics Where Archaeologists Can’t! #climb (via @Sierratp) […]

Weekly Twitter Updates for 2009-11-15

by Tom Markiewicz on November 15, 2009

Sunburn in the mountains #climb #mountaineering # RT @Smart_Climbing explaining why graded exposure works better than flooding for falling off practice #climb # Win An Access Fund Holiday Pack #climb (via @climbingnarc) # How Big Is Your Rack? new post by Kelly Cordes #climb (via @lstefurak) # RT @splitterchoss The How […]

Climbing Gear Review Roundup – 10/8/09

by Tom Markiewicz on October 8, 2009

Black Diamond Livewire Quickdraw – Water Stone Outdoors Progression – Climbing Magazine Petzl Reverso 3 belay device, Mountain Hardwear Runout climbing pants, Mammut Infinity 9.5mm rope, Black Diamond C3 cams – The Mountain World La Sportiva Speedsters – straight outta bedlam SuperTopo Guides To Zion and Tuolumne – Climbing Narc Five Ten Team rock shoes […]

Leslie Timms on Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone

by Tom Markiewicz on September 23, 2009

Always good to keep in mind: In order to progress, you need to continually push your limits, both mentally and physically. I have always worked up the grades one letter at a time, sticking with the grade pyramid. Yet what is the worst that could happen if you push the bar and you get in […]

Climbing Gear Review Roundup – 8/25/09

by Tom Markiewicz on August 25, 2009

Here is the latest climbing gear review roundup: New S10 Black Diamond Products – Five Ten’s Prisms – The Mountain World DMM Dragon Cams – La Sportiva Exum Pro – Colorado Mountain School Arc’Teryx Alpha LT jacket and the CAMP USA Alp 95 harness – GearFlogger Chaco Pro Series Sandals – New […]

Review: Tuolumne Bouldering by SuperTopo

by Tom Markiewicz on August 17, 2009

Back in 2002, I had a business trip to Silicon Valley and took a long weekend to head to Yosemite for some bouldering. There was only a smallish guidebook to the Valley bouldering at the time, but it was enough to get around and for me to sample the bouldering. Since it was the middle […]