Jan 3, 2013

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How Safe Are Safety Breaks?

How Safe Are Safety Breaks?

A “safety break” is climber slang for smoking marijuana. As in, “This next pitch looks pretty hard – let’s take a quick safety break first.” How this came to be called a “safety break” is a mystery. At some point, someone must have made an ironical joke – the activity we’re about to partake in is anything but safe – and it stuck.

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Dec 24, 2012

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Dirtbagging in Yosemite Valley

Dirtbagging in Yosemite Valley

John Muir might have been the first dirtbag in Yosemite. He stuck around the Valley, and the Sierra Nevada, for several decades and even tried his hand at climbing some of its peaks. The jobs

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Dec 17, 2012

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The Legends of Free Solo

The Legends of Free Solo

The only thing a mom hates more than the idea of her kid becoming a dirtbag, is her kid becoming a free soloer. Maybe a free soloing dirtbag is the worst. While some people consider climbing with no ropes an amazing achievement, others consider it a death wish. No matter what your view is, there are six folks that you need to watch in action, after which, you may or may not be inspired to pursue a career in free soloing. You will definitely have sweaty palms.

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Dec 11, 2012

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Reasons to NOT Rest Your Climbing Injury

Reasons to NOT Rest Your Climbing Injury

As you well know, you sender of rad, you conqueror of gnarr, sickness and injury are 99% figments of the imagination. To honor your weakness would only be to encourage it. If you skip a few sessions to tend to your tendons, what would be next? Slippery slope, friend.

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Dec 6, 2012

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From Dandy to Dirtbag: Climbing Clothing Throughout the Ages

From Dandy to Dirtbag: Climbing Clothing Throughout the Ages

When Jacques Balmat made the first ascent of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the alps, he looked pretty dapper. There he is in the painting below, wearing his breaches, out for a dandy stroll. For a second, I’d like you to

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