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 […]

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 […]

Review: Vibram Five Fingers Shoes

by Tom Markiewicz on July 27, 2009

My good friend Ryan Wanger wouldn’t stop talking about his new shoes, so I made him write a review. He is the Community Manager for the Boulder based startup Everlater, which helps people record their travel experiences with friends and family. Let me make this clear: my review of Vibram Five Fingers shoes is self […]

Climbing Gear Review Roundup – 7/21/09

by Tom Markiewicz on July 21, 2009

In advance of everything that will be coming out of the Outdoor Retailer show, here is a roundup of gear reviews from the past month or so. GearFlogger looks at pro reviewing the DMM Wallnuts and also reviews the Arc’Teryx Dually belay parka. Cupcake Mafia reviews the PrAna Natural Sticky Mat for yoga and the […]

120 Moves of Climbing

by Tom Markiewicz on July 15, 2009

I’ve started reading the book One Move Too Many as it was recommended to me by several different climbers. I’ll be posting my full thoughts when I’ve finished the book, but I can already tell you that this is a must have for any climber, especially those dealing with specific injuries. One idea from the […]

Review: Clif Quench Sport Drink

by Tom Markiewicz on July 13, 2009

While grocery shopping the other day, I saw a large display for the new Clif Quench sport drinks. I vaguely remembered hearing about these, so I decided to buy one of each flavor and try them out. Let me start off by saying that my primary sports drinks are massive quantities of coffee in the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Review: Go Fast Sports Energy Drinks

by Tom Markiewicz on April 17, 2009

This obviously isn’t a food blog, but the good folks at Go Fast Sports recently dropped off some samples. Since many climbers love their energy drinks, I thought a review would be welcome. While they mainly distribute in the Rocky Mountain region, Colorado based Go Fast appears to be aggressively expanding. Their main pitch over […]

Climbing Gear Review Roundup – 4/6/09

by Tom Markiewicz on April 6, 2009

Dream in Vertical looks at the Petzl Reverso3 and the Black Diamond C3′s. The Adventure Blog reviews two books: Clyde Soles’ Training for Peak Performance and Expedition Planning. Haven’t read enough about Pure? straight outta bedlam reviews Chick Fryberger’s film. GearFlogger reviews the La Sportiva Olympus Mons mountaineering boots and the PMI 7mm cordellete with […]