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Life with a Land Rover, pt.1

Life with a Land Rover, pt.1

Off-road driving, 4x4ing and exploring random roads are all pretty common activities among climbers and other outdoor enthusiasts. Quite often a slightly off-road-friendly vehicle with all-wheel-drive, such as a Subaru, is enough, especially when it comes to well-travelled dirt roads. Venture a little bit more off the beaten path, however, […]

Training – DIY Training Tools

Training – DIY Training Tools

As a climber, there comes a time in your life where you find THAT route. The one you can’t figure out and it eats away at you. So you make it a project. You come back to it a few times, flail around and attempt to piece it together on […]

Accident Report: Deja Vu On Carlsberg

Accident Report: Deja Vu On Carlsberg

Fall From Grace Silence. Ice and snow are falling around me; air is rushing by. I sense things that should make noise: my body falling backwards, sugary snow shimmering down the slope, my tools flailing in a desperate effort to catch purchase, ice shards skittering beside me. But all I […]

mmmmm…..Homemade Jerky

mmmmm…..Homemade Jerky

I devour as much if not more food on the trail as my male climbing partners. Basically, if my stomach grumbles, I’m 30 min too late. My favourite thing to bring to avoid being hungry, is jerky. Its a great option with a high calorie to weight ratio, long shelf […]

Homebrew: Cheap DIY Adjustable Bouldering Wall

Homebrew: Cheap DIY Adjustable Bouldering Wall

The Drytooling Ladder still works great (article here: http://www.thealpinestart.com/2015/04/build-a-cheap-climbing-ladder/) but I wanted something more interesting to train for rockclimbing. I had a couple evenings free after work, so now I have an adjustable bouldering wall drawbridge! If you read through the article on how to build the cheapo climbing ladder, you already […]

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

I have been riddled with allergies for most of my life.  Grasses, pollen, mould, cats, dogs, and horses are just some of the environmental ones.  It has made loving the outdoors interesting.  I’ve also had some food allergies since I was quite young, but more recently, this list has gotten […]

Women’s Summer Pants Tips

Women’s Summer Pants Tips

So, ice season might be over….sob, sob, sniffle. But, once the snow is gone, it’s time to break out the rock gear! For a typical cragging day, the hardest decision I usually have to make in the morning is what to wear. Ugh. If I end up wearing pants, I […]

Will Gadd’s Top Tips for Winter Fitness (in Summer)

Will Gadd’s Top Tips for Winter Fitness (in Summer)

As the days get longer and the sun shines warmer, many climbers turn their thoughts to warmed-up spring rock and, later, shady summer cragging. There are, however, those that see spring and summer as ideal off-season training months for the coming fall and winter of ice and mixed climbing. After […]

Homebrew: Build a Cheap Basement Climbing Ladder

Homebrew: Build a Cheap Basement Climbing Ladder

Homebrew: Build a Cheap Basement Climbing Ladder I would love to build a full home bouldering wall but sadly I rent my place and don’t want to spend the money to build a wall that I will need to take down in a year. Instead I spent a Sunday afternoon […]

Accident Report: One Step Too Far…

Accident Report: One Step Too Far…

The approach was getting a bit sketchy. Bare ice patches were starting to appear, and I started looking for a place to stop and put on crampons. A sizeable flat section was only a couple steps away. I gently stepped out with my left foot onto another patch of snow, […]