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Review: DMM Alpha Sport Quickdraws

With rock climbing gear we are living in the days of refinement, over pure innovation. Most of the gear is quite similar to what was being used 15 to 20 years ago, but its just simply lighter, and easier to use. Retail: starting at $25.95 This is certainly the case with quickdraws, they are simple…

The Hand Jam by Brendan Leonard

Do you know what a perfect hand jam feels like? Do you remember the first time you really nailed one, as well as your first kiss, or your first time getting to second base? You should. Because it’s that important. by Brendan Leonard, of Semi-Rad.com . This piece was originally published in The Climbing Zine, Volume…

Review: Patagonia Mixed Guide Pants

I’m standing in the closet, packing for weekend of ice climbing or skiing, holding a pair of pants in each hand and asking the same old question: hard-shell or soft-shell? Softshell pants are flexible and breathe well, but not waterproof. Will it be warm enough for water to drip on the ice? Will the snow…

One Year Later by Nick Chambers

Climbing does not always go as planned. Rosa Malloy-Post of Durango, Colorado, is evidence of that. At the age of 23 she experienced a life changing accident in Indian Creek, Utah. Her dear friend, Nick Chambers, made this film, One Year Later, over the course of her recovery. Get out the tissues, and enjoy this…

Review: OR Prusik Pants

Summer is finally upon us again and it’s time to get up and seek adventure in the high country. We dream of jamming clean splitter cracks in the warm sun, skipping across lofty ridges and frolicking though flowery meadows, but at the same time we know that summer alpine scrambles involve post-holing through isothermal snow,…

To Live Is To Fly by Luke Mehall

As I start this piece it’s that time of the year when the Animas River here in Durango looks like a chocolate milkshake, and we’re all shedding our clothes, and living closer to the sun (and the rain). by Luke Mehall, publisher of The Climbing Zine I don’t know about you, but I’m enjoying this…