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Review: Beal Opera 8.5mm Rope

Amongst the hot new climbing gear released this season, something I’m most excited about is the newest ultra-light triple-rated rope, Beal’s 8.5 mm Opera. Rated for use as a twin, double, or single rope, the Opera not only surpasses the 8.6 mm Edelrid Corbie in weight by 3 grams per meter, but also earns a…

The Dirtbag Manifesto

“The world has enough for man’s need, but not enough for man’s greed.” Gandhi Where do we look for hope, for America, the planet, for the human race? The dirtbags. They usually descend from the middle class, where they had enough, materially speaking, that their bodies could be content, but not their souls. Their souls…

Review: Arc’teryx Alpha Comp

At the Climbing Zine we get lots of gear to test, sometimes too much to really wear something for longer than a few weeks. The Alpha Comp was different.  I kept coming back to it in my personal climbing, from high alpine routes to ski decents and local cragging. At the six month mark I realized…

Dawn of a New Age

I knew this whole Dawn Wall climb was big when President Obama started tweeting about it. In case you’ve been living under a rock (or on one), Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgenson recently completed the world’s most difficult rock climb, the Dawn Wall on the 3,000-foot monolith, El Capitan in Yosemite. by Luke Mehall, publisher of…