The best thing about growing up climbing in Arizona was the community, the climbers. In Flagstaff the community was really strong and keen on making sure that you were doing everything as safely as possible. The rules were strict. No chalk. Everything was ground up. If you fell, you lowered back down and started […]
This film features two lines Schmitt, Schmitt and Scherer did during their ice climbing trip to the Canadian Rockies in October 2019: French Reality and Killer Pillar, both on the Stanley Headwall. Conditions were severe with low temperatures and freshly formed ice. The last pitch of French Reality---the crux ice pitch (WI 6+)---had seen no […]
Cut-away moves are notoriously hard on shoulders, and can lead to a number of injuries that if not properly cared for can result in a painful and long-lasting condition known as “frozen shoulder.” Patrick McGuigan sticks the dyno on All the Way (V7), Happy Valley, Massachusetts. Photo: Brian Lewis. Sometimes it’s good to curse for […]
Omega Pacific, the climbing company that has manufactured climbing gear since 1982, is shuttering its doors. An email from CEO Rob Nadeau sent to past customers on January 20 reads, “As Omega Pacific starts the new year, I’m writing you today as CEO to share some important information about Omega Pacific’s future. After 37 […]
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