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    The Recovery Drink and the World's Hardest Crack Climbs - 2015-02-09 by camhead

    Video of Nico Favresse sending The Recovery Drink in Norway has just come out, and he calls it the hardest crack he's done. What are some of the other hardest pure crack climbs in the world?
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    Indie Buttress Goes Free! - 2015-02-09 by sonso45

    Latest addition to desert climbing in Arizona is on Courthouse Rock, a 1,000' volcanic tower west of Phoenix about 70 miles.
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    Game Changers: Five Innovations and Inventions that Shaped Modern Climbing - 2015-01-23 by camhead

    Today, we almost take it for granted that, if we have the fitness and drive, we can safely protect and climb almost anything we want. It hasn't always been this way. Here are the technologies that have made climbing what it is today.
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    The Most Difficult Big Wall Free Climbs in the World - 2015-01-16 by camhead

    By this point, even your grandmother knows that Dawn Wall has been freed, and is the most overall difficult free climb in the world. But what were its predecessors and some of the other big, hard routes in the world?
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    Know Your Land, Pt. 3: Climbing on Private Land - 2015-01-14 by camhead

    Many of us may bristle at the prospect of sacrificing our freedom to climb on private land. But do you know what? Many of the best areas, especially in the Southeast US, are not public. Here's your guide to these areas.
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    The First-timer's Guide to Winter Cragging - 2014-12-25 by camhead

    Want to climb in the winter? Can't afford to fly to Thailand and don't want to climb ice? Read on.
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    Know Your Land, Pt. 1: Climbing on Federal Lands - 2014-12-18 by camhead

    This is part 1 of a three part piece on the types of land ownership that affect climbers.
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    Soft Rock, Wet Rock: A Public Service Reminder from Red Rocks - 2014-12-17 by camhead

    Report from Vegas, where a hold on one of the country's hardest boulder problems just broke due to climbers on the wet rock.
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    Appalachian Sling: A Tour of the Misty Mountain factory - 2014-12-10 by camhead

    Ever wanted to know what goes into making slings and harnesses? Or how a small company that is nearly 100% made in the USA operates? Read further.
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    Chantel Astorga Sets New Female Solo Speed Record on The Nose - 2014-12-09 by camhead

    This fall we reported on the women’s speed record of The Nose being broken by Libby Sauter and Mayan Smith-Gobat. At the same time, Chantel Astorga was quietly crushing the women’s solo speed record.
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    Rockprodigy Revisited: An Interview with Mike Anderson - 2014-12-01 by camhead

    Eight years ago, Mike Anderson wrote a training article for this site that has become the most viewed page on We managed to get an interview with him, in which he talks about training, progression, and the new book he wrote with his brother Mark, The Rock Climber's Training Manual.
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    Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Climbing Grades (at least in the U.S.) - 2014-11-20 by camhead

    The history, development, and headaches that go into attaching numbers to rock climbs.
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    The History and Future of Climbing Style and Ethics - 2014-11-06 by camhead

    We throw around the terms "style" and "ethics" quite a bit in climbing. But what do they mean? How did their meanings come to be? Check out this fairly long essay for more than you've ever wanted to know on the topic. It's the responsible, ethical thing to do.
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    Geology for Climbers, Part I: Igneous is Bliss - 2014-11-01 by camhead

    This is the first part of a three-part article series that will outline different geological types of rocks throughout North America, and the techniques and gear that are best to climb them.
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    Literature on the Rock: An Annotated Bibiliography - 2014-10-23 by camhead

    There is a lot of mountaineering literature out there, but what about rock climbing, or even bouldering? Here are a few of the best non-fiction memoirs or biographies on rock, which every climber should read.
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    Gear: So You Want to be an Intermediate? - 2014-10-20 by camhead

    You've bought your basic harness, belay device, shoes, and are crushing the white-tape route at the gym. But do you want to start improving and diversifying your climbing skills? Here's the gear you will need to break the "beginner" barrier.
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    The Climbing Dictionary: Slang Edition - 2014-10-17 by camhead already has one of the internet's best dictionaries of climbing terminology. Here's our Urban Dictionary version!
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    All It's Chalked Up to Be: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the White Stuff - 2014-10-13 by camhead

    Along with shoes, chalk is the only piece of climbing gear that we use which directly helps us climb up the rock better. But we don't really think about it too much.
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    The Best of the Worst: Five Gumby Climbing Videos and What We Can Learn From Them - 2014-10-02 by camhead

    In the era of camera phones, GoPros, and YouTube, it seems like the internet is flooded with footage of climbers making mistakes and getting hurt. Here are some of the internet's best, or worst, depending on which way you look at it.
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    Program Design for Climbing Part 2: Sport-Specific Training - 2014-10-02 by DouglasHunter

    Second in a series of articles on training program design. Here I describe the basic criteria necessary for a training activity to be considered sport-specific.
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    2012 Photo Contest - Results - 2012-12-24 by admin

    The winner of the 2012 Photo Contest is "Swing Swing From That Jug Jug" submitted by user skyalchemist.
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    Metolius Training Board Competition Finalists - 2012-12-18 by admin

    Thank you all for the entries we have received for the Metolius Training Board Competition, here are the top 5 entries.
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    Why Do You Climb Mountains? - Because they are there! - 2012-11-08 by lawdoc02

    Why do you climb Mountains? "Because they are there" said legend and icon Mallory.
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    100 Meters up Savandurga - 2012-09-04 by Normanras

    Spending two weeks in Southern India visiting some well-known as well as unknown rock climbing spots. With no gear came some sketchy climbs.
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    Naked Disco Dance Party in J-Tree - 2012-08-01 by admin

    It is two o’clock in the afternoon on a warm spring day in the desert. “There’s a naked disco dance party tonight,” Holly says. Normally naked and party could be inviting, but in the climbing world the chances of a decent ratio of sexes is slim.
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