Thank you, hot springs

Hot springs are my second womb. They are my heaven on earth. [Read More]

The Secret to Survivin’

The climbing world, like any subculture, operates with a unique vocabulary, and it’s important that prospective climbers gain a firm grasp of this language before they embarrass themselves (or worse) at the crag. Words like “pitch,” “draw,” and “deck,” after all, will conjure up entirely different images at Camp 4 than they will in an architecture class. Of course, the aforementioned terms at least have some sort of meaning to the population at large; the aspiring climber will eventually have to distinguish between a number of otherwise incomprehensible labels (the Seussian pink point, red point, head point, and dead point come quickly to mind).

Jason enjoys leashless freedom on Genesis II — Hyalite Canyon

The climber’s apprenticeship period will cover such subjects as Mallory’s highest position and the benefits of swinging leads, and advanced pupils might be able to show you which finger, hand, or fist size corresponds to which color of their preferred cams. Finally, once fluency is achieved, the enterprising youngster will be marked as a real member of the climbing community, free to enter into age-old debates about bolt-chopping and hold-chipping, the merits of the multi-pitch GriGri, and whether or not “crusty old sport climber” [Read More]

Hola Adventure!

The Streets of Cotahuasi

You know how some people, just to be nice, will say, “You should come visit me sometime.” Well, you should never tell me that unless you are serious, especially if you live somewhere cool, like Peru.

When I was hiking the PCT I met a fellow hiker who was a missionary in the remote Cotahuasi Canyon of Peru. He mistakenly invited me to come visit him, and as soon as I saved up money and time off from work, I was on an airplane to South America.

I flew from DC, and my roundtrip airline ticket was less than $400. If you want a cheap international adventure than head to Central or South America – my international ticket was super affordable and flying domestically within Peru never cost more than $50. Overall, I’ve learned that traveling is so much more affordable when you spend every night in a tent.

A Rock Wall in the Canyon

From Lima, I flew to Arequipa in the southwest corner of Peru, and there, I was met by my friend Vic. Vic took me by car on a nine-hour expedition to Cotahuasi Canyon. We only passed through [Read More]

Rock and Snow: Just Say Yes

“Shall I ski or shall I climb now? If I ski there will be trouble, if I climb it will be double.” [Read More]

Loved and Lost

We left Bozeman just after sunset on Tuesday night and slept on a tarp at the trailhead. My phone alarm woke us up at 2:30, and I enjoyed a hero’s breakfast of crackers, Craisins, and a double-sized Red Bull in the chilly morning darkness. Half an hour later, we were traveling down the trail under a canopy of blazing stars. [Read More]

Chris Lindner visits tonight at 7pm

In his mid-20’s and already a prolific face in sport climbing and bouldering for nearly 20 years, Chris Lindner visits the Mountain Shop after the Fort Collins Outdoor Social Hour tonight for a multimedia presentation. I caught up with Chris from his new home in Gunnison, Colorado to talk about his climbing life and the show he’ll put on tonight.

See the event details here. Give me the rough outline as your life as a climber and otherwise.

Chris Lindner: My parents are rock climbers. They got together, they had me and they started climbing. I started going to the cliffs when I was two weeks old in the little baby carriage and they took me climbing every weekend until I was able to climb for myself. When I was three I was doing 5.10’s on toprope and when I was four placing four. That was when I first got noticed.

I got sponsored by John Bachar working for Boreal when I was six years old. At that time I was redpointing 5.12’s sport climbing. When I was nine years old, I did my first 5.13 and when I was 14 I did my first 5.14.

I’ve been climbing [Read More]