A crisp morning in Salt Lake City with a projected high of 45 degrees typically means only one thing to climbing locals, a day in LCC. This is the acronym the community has assigned one of the city’s outstanding nearby crags known as Little Cottonwood Canyon. Although it may not be considered a world-class destination, it is by no means the worst place to have as a backyard playground. An extensive climbing tradition, forged by some of history’s boldest first ascensionists, run-out slabs, and splitters cracks make the canyon a perfect training ground for aspiring granite ninjas.
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[...]Read More »
Everybody that climbs on a serious level wants his or her life to revolve around climbing. When I’m on a climbing trip, all I think about is what’s around me and how I wouldn’t want it any other way. Eventually, however, the climbing trip ends and reality sets in once again.[...]Read More »
I am 34 years old, and at this ripe old age, I possess the maturity and decision-making skills of a hyper active toddler. Or so I have been told. So, when I inform you that I have been climbing in Clear Creek Canyon since I was 18 years old, you can only imagine what kind of[...]Read More »
I remember the day I sent my hardest route. It was a wet, rainy one at the pipedream cave in Maple Canyon, Utah. For some reason, I was on a Norwegian heavy metal kick. I was climbing a route called “Divine Fury," and it just seemed right to listen to music that channeled[...]Read More »
Everyone is afraid of something, and many rock climbers face their fears on a daily basis. Some climbers already know how to overcome these mental challenges; however, many are still being held back by them. Until we learn how to control our fear, we are limiting our true[...]Read More »
In comps, you will inevitably run into variables that you had not planned for that will force you to change your routine. For example, just a few weekends ago, at west coast divisionals, I was up first and only had 20 minutes to warm up. Although not ideal, I was able to[...]Read More »
For the past few years, I have been lucky enough to visit some of the most amazing climbing destinations all over the country. I love visiting new areas, sampling new classics, and experiencing new rock in general. Although it is incredible getting to spend so much time doing[...]Read More »