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Tips to Improve Your Dynamic Climbing

Posted by Clay Chaszeyka on Oct 17, 2017 5:22:24 PM

The primary goal of climbing well is using as little energy as possible. Climbing requires different techniques for different situations: whether static or dynamic. Dynamic movements, compared to static, need a quicker, more powerful response to complete the move. Static actions are more straightforward and save more energy, but it's important to compliment your static climbing with explosive, dynamic movements.

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Climbing In Hawaii?

Posted by Matt Lloyd on Oct 17, 2017 1:21:13 PM

If you’ve ever had a conversation about rock climbing in Hawaii, the words “There’s no climbing in Hawaii,” more than likely came out of someone’s mouth. It’s a misconception that seems to be permanent in the collective mind of rock climbers, despite Hawaii having some recent features in Rock & Ice and Climbing Magazine, as well as the constant stream of pictures and video the climbers here post to social media.

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Get to Know Nick Puff

Posted by Clay Chaszeyka on Oct 5, 2017 5:22:43 PM

Butora has pretty amazing people. Our account managers spend months on the road each year meeting awesome retailers and customers. We're introducing to you our account manager of the Mid Atlantic-East Coast territory, Nick Puff.

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Get to Know Tyler McPherson

Posted by Clay Chaszeyka on Oct 5, 2017 2:01:07 PM

Butora has pretty amazing people. Our account managers spend months on the road each year meeting awesome retailers and customers. We're introducing to you our account manager of the Pacific territory, Tyler McPherson.

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The Rise of Indoor Climbing

Posted by Clay Chaszeyka on Sep 21, 2017 1:25:40 PM

The New York Times recently ran an article aptly called "A Boom in Rock Climbing, Minus the Rocks," chronicling the growing popularity of indoor rock climbing facilities.

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Nutrient Timing for Climbers

Posted by Chauncey Carroll on Sep 14, 2017 5:14:11 PM

 The nutrition world can be a confusing one, especially when it comes to athletes. It seems everybody has their own philosophy; every sports professional touting the superiority of his or her diet. So where do climbers fit in? We’re not going to eat like triathletes, but what about weight lifters or gymnasts

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No Climbing For Six Months? Time to Write a Book!

Posted by Szu-ting Yi & Dave Anderson on Sep 7, 2017 5:15:35 PM

In January of 2017, I had an operation to remove several abdominal tumors. The operation was successful and the tumors were non malignant. The downside, for me, was the lengthy recovery period.

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Gym to Crag: Ten Things We Wished We Knew Before Transitioning to Outdoor Climbing

Posted by Clay Chaszeyka on Aug 25, 2017 3:19:29 PM

A lot of rock climbers got their start on the plastic mountain in an indoor climbing gym. This is an excellent way to condition yourself to climb outside. Indoor climbing can happen year-round, and gyms are also conducive to focused and intense training with hang boards, campus boards, and weights. 

However, even if you're floating up 5.12s in the gym, you might find yourself taking on a 5.10 outside. Why? Climbing outside is a totally different sport. Therefore, to help climbers transition to climbing outside, we've provided a list of ten things we wished we knew before feeling like such a noob at the crag. 

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Hangboard Training Will Make You a Better Climber

Posted by Clay Chaszeyka on Aug 22, 2017 5:10:29 PM

You rely on your upper body strength, power, and endurance to complete ascents. This is true whether you have just started climbing in a gym or you have led routes up sheer granite walls. It is the same no matter the skill level.

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How Tight Should Climbing Shoes Be?

Posted by Clay Chaszeyka on Jul 13, 2017 2:56:49 PM

If you're new to climbing, you're probably aware of the fact that your shoes are key to your success. You've likely heard rumors that if your feet don't hurt, your shoes aren't tight enough to be truly effective! But is that true?

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