GreatOutdoors.com Search

Climbing, How To's

Staff’s Favorite Gear of 2008

By GreatOutdoors.com Staff

GreatOutdoors.com staff members spend as much time in the out of doors as possible, so they take their outdoor equipment seriously. Here are a few favorite pieces of gear that served us well this year, from the Chilkoot Pass in Alaska  and the Beartooths of Montana to the Haute Route in the Alps.

A Noncamper Conquers Canyonlands

By Karen Laski

Self-confessed non-camper Karen Laski spends 12 days in the wild and enjoys (almost) every minute of it.

10 Ways to Beat Burn-out

By Rebecca Gonzales

Your climbing routine got you down? Mix it up with new styles, friends, gear, training programs, and maybe even a break from the rocks.

Found in:

A Dark and Stormy Ascent

By Nancy Prichard

Know what weather can make or break a climbing trip. Here's a tip sheet for understanding weather forecasts.

Found in:

Introduction to Mountaineering

By Chris Chesak

Taking your first steps towards stepping up high...

Climbing 101: A Glossary of Ascent

By Nancy Prichard

A crib sheet of basic terms.

Found in:

Boot Fitting Guide

By Brian Hewitt

Here's the ultimate guide to achieving the perfect boot fit. Expert tips on fitting from heel to toe and making adjustments with lacing variations.

Backclip What?

By Rebecca Gonzales

Learn how to clip properly before you leave the ground. Fair warning about backclipping.

Found in:

Tying Knots

By Rebecca Gonzales

The first step in learning how to climb is memorizing the knots.

Found in:

Preparing for that First Lead

By Rebecca Gonzales

Getting psyched for your first lead? Know what you are doing and do it well.

Found in:

Low-Altitude Training for High-Altitude Climbing

By Ryan Taylor

Train to maximize your aerobic performance, and get up for that climb.

Found in:

Stair Climbing

By Steve Edwards

You can't beat a flight of stairs when training for the hills; add a full backpack and sturdy shoes, and you are equiped for the outdoor gym.

Found in:

Sunburn-free Climbing

By Nancy Prichard

Sunburn-free Climbing: Leave the objective dangers behind and practice your climbing technique indoors.

Found in:

Where Summer Survives and Winter Arrives

By Nancy Prichard

Don't get caught indoors. Explore a wealth of autumn hiking, trail running, and paddling destinations.

Using Non-Mechanical Ascension

By Rebecca Gonzales

Not just for aid climbing and caving, non-mechanical ascension is important to the sport climber, too.

Found in:

Teach Your Kids to Climb

By Nancy Prichard

Climbing is second nature to most children. Here are a few tips to ensure their climbing experience is safe and fun.

Found in:

Look Ma! No Ropes!

By Nancy Prichard

Bouldering is the simplest of climbing pleasures. No ropes, no hardware, just pure fun in the sun.

Found in:

Getting Down Without a Rappelling Device

By Rebecca Gonzales

Three ways of getting down. Memorize them before going up.

Found in:

Showers of Diamonds

By Jeff Rennicke

Explore the universal allure of falling water with outdoor writer Jeff Rennicke.

Capturing the Moment

By Jeff Rennicke

You too can keep a journal: Writer Jeff Rennicke's step- by- step guide to writing down your wilderness adventures.

© 2011 GreatOutdoors.com