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 […]

Review of Rocky Mountain Highball

by Tom Markiewicz on April 28, 2009

When I saw the premier of Pure back in February, I mentioned in the notes about the trailer for Rocky Mountain Highball. At the time, I was really disappointed since the premier was scheduled for April 27, the due date for my daughter. Well, it turns out one of the side benefits of her being […]

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 […]

Review of Pure, a Bouldering Film by Chuck Fryberger

by Tom Markiewicz on February 22, 2009

Friday night I attended the world premier of Pure in Boulder. After watching the trailer and speaking with the filmmaker, Chuck Fryberger, I was highly anticipating Pure. I still had some apprehension though. As more climbing films are released, I’m starting to get the feeling climbers are becoming jaded. How many more ways are there […]

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 […]

ThinkClimbing, a Resource for Climbers on Twitter

by Tom Markiewicz on February 9, 2009

As Twitter hits the mainstream, climbers are increasingly using the service to communicate and share. A few months ago, the Rock Climber Girl took the initiative to setup a wiki to keep a list of the growing number of climbers on Twitter. Unfortunately, manually maintaining a wiki was going to be too much work as […]

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 […]

Looking for Climbers on Twitter?

by Tom Markiewicz on December 9, 2008

I was recently trying to compile a list of climbers with accounts on Twitter, but found out Rock Climber Girl beat me to it! Luckily, I barely started my list so I’m currently helping edit and maintain her list of climbers who use Twitter. If you use Twitter, please check the wiki and if you’re […]

Climbing Food Review: Clif ZBars

by Tom Markiewicz on November 19, 2008

Today’s guest post is from Ryan Wanger, a climber who writes at The Reluctant Eater. Clif. The name is synonymous with climbing (perhaps it’s the logo?). If you’re like me, then you’ve always enjoyed Clif Bars, but rarely buy them because frankly, you’re a cheapskate. Nutritious? Yep. All natural? Absolutely. Tasty? You betcha! In fact, […]

Review of the Reel Rock Tour Premier

by Tom Markiewicz on September 11, 2008

You know you’re watching a great climbing film when your palms are sweating and you start trying to chalk up. Most of the films presented last night at the Reel Rock Tour gave me that reaction and I was pleasantly surprised. With so many trailers and clips floating around the Internet, I think I started […]

Top ten reasons to rock climb with girls

by Tom Markiewicz on July 30, 2008

Today we have a guest post from Sara Lingafelter who writes at the climbing blog RockClimberGirl.com. Top ten reasons to rock climb with girls: 1. Some of us have nice thin (but strong!) forearms, itty bitty wrists and long fingers; perfect for cleaning stuck nuts and walked cams. I rescued a blue Camalot on a […]