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Do You Climb Outside? Choose Your Bolts

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Oct 082015
 
Do You Climb Outside? Choose Your Bolts

We’re one week into October, that glorious month when summer temperatures make way for climbing climes, when playoff baseball is on the tube, and when Planet Granite will double your money when you contribute to the American Safe Climbing Association. The ASCA is the only national and international group to fund local re-bolting activity. They’ve Read more…

Dr. Tradlove: My Top 5 Areas to Stop Worrying and Start Placing Gear

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Oct 062015
 
Dr. Tradlove: My Top 5 Areas to Stop Worrying and Start Placing Gear

The amazing thing about being a climber is the Bay Area is the availability of places to get outside. If you’re looking to move from clipping bolts to placing your own gear, the Bay has some absolutely beautiful areas for you to learn these skills. But these aren’t just any old crags where you can Read more…

New Bolts Save Climbers: Donate to the ASCA in Oct. For Planet Granite Match

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Sep 302015
 
New Bolts Save Climbers: Donate to the ASCA in Oct. For Planet Granite Match

New, strong bolts are the ammunition in the war for outdoor climbing safety, and the American Safe Climbing Association is responsible for restocking the arsenal. That’s why, for the fifth year, Planet Granite will match donations to the 501(c)3 non-profit throughout the month of October, up to a total of $20,000. “Bolt replacement is getting more and more important, mainly Read more…

Get Your Kicks on the Crucifix: by Walker Emerson

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Jun 112015
 
Get Your Kicks on the Crucifix: by Walker Emerson

The Crucifix viewed from the ground on a hot summer day. Photo by Walker Emerson   The Crucifix is a beautiful line that ascends Higher Cathedral in Yosemite Valley. The route follows a series of cracks with a prominent horizontal feature at two thirds that forms a cross. Endless wide cracks split colorful clean rock, and Read more…

Seven Solutions to Fast Track Success : Traditional Climbing’s Big Come-Back by Walker Emerson

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Mar 252015
 
Seven Solutions to Fast Track Success :   Traditional Climbing's Big Come-Back by Walker Emerson

Lucho Rivera 3,000 feet above the Yosemite Valley floor, jugs out the final pitch of the Muir on El Capitan, after a long day. There is nothing I can say that will fast track you to climbing El Cap this season. I hate to give the game away right here at the beginning, but nothing Read more…

Steck Salathe – Squeezing in Another Classic

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Oct 212014
 
Steck Salathe - Squeezing in Another Classic

Squeezing in Another Classic A Route Description of the Steck Salathe by Walker Emerson  — (A WORD OF CAUTION: Before you embark on this adventure, please do your research! Review both online sources and printed guidebooks. This route is notoriously challenging and should not be taken lightly. Be both confident and comfortable climbing 5.10 cracks Read more…