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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

Rockclimbing.com 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 Rockclimbing.com Photo Contest - Results - 2012-12-24 by admin

The winner of the 2012 Rockclimbing.com 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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Pavane- A Requiem for Shady - 2012-07-12 by roninthorne

A southern rock climber bids farewell to a friend who dreamed of the big stone.
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An End to the Drought - 2012-06-20 by roninthorne

A southern climber comes west, and finds a lost world.
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Closing the Circle - 2012-05-28 by roninthorne

New climbs on old lines; new friends, dreams and challenges in a New Year.
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Rock climbing in Donegal, Ireland. - 2012-05-21 by Donegalseastack

The county of Donegal sits in the most North West point of the Republic of Ireland. What Donegal provides for the visiting rock climber is more rock climbing venues, routes and unclimbed rock than the rest of Ireland combined.
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Kalymnos Primer - 2012-05-04 by dumbsocrates

Some reflections on our recent climbing trip to the Greek island of Kalymnos: how to get there, what to expect, where to stay, rock, and weather.
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Wide Eyes, High Times and Hard Times; a Story of Climbing with Mark Grundon Part 3 - 2012-04-26 by admin

Mark’s surgery in Vermont was successful, and soon after he returned to Colorado for radiation treatment and his final semester at Western State. Mark faced this challenge with the same determination and courage I had witnessed in his climbing. Never did he submit to negativity.
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Wide Eyes, High Times and Hard Times; a Story of Climbing with Mark Grundon : Part 2 - 2012-04-04 by admin

We would make about thirty more trips to Escalante Canyon, our new winter climbing home, over the next couple years. Mark was as fun to drive in the car with, as he was to climb with. He was what mountain folk would call always psyched. He had a childlike lust for life. I was an old, tired soul in need of a friend like Mark.
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Wide Eyes, High Times and Hard Times; a Story of Climbing with Mark Grundon : Part 1 - 2012-03-20 by admin

Say a prayer for those you love and everyone else. That’s what I’ve written on my sleeping pad, and the last words I read before going to bed. The first person I pray for lately is my friend Mark Grundon.
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A Climber in the Winter of his Content - 2012-02-13 by admin

I’ve spent so many cold, lonely winters without climbing in the heart of the Colorado Rockies I guess I deserved this one; a winter when I escaped to Indian Creek, Utah, the crack climbing Mecca of the world as often as I could.
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Climbing on the Costa Blanca Spain - 2012-01-23 by markvjaarsveld

One of the joys of living in Spain for me is my ability to rock climb throughout the year, particularly in the winter months,..
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Mexico City Cragging - 2012-01-18 by sonso45

High altitude trad climbing on multipitch basalt on the edge of Mexico City!
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