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Climbing with Dogs : Should I bring my Dog on a Climbing Trip?

In Good to Know by Pete

Are They Even Allowed? Dogs can be excellent companions for outdoor adventure, but there a number of things you ought to consider before deciding to bring your dog with you on your climbing trip. First and foremost, you need to find out if dogs are allowed in the area where you’ll be climbing. National Parks only allow dogs on paved …

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What is a Crampon? A Beginner’s Guide

In Good to Know, Pro Advice by Pete

Crampons are intimidating metal spikes when you don’t know how or why to use them. However, they are a crucial piece of gear for snow and ice sports, such as mountaineering and ice climbing and learning to use them can open up new realms for adventure. They are essential for snow and glacier travel and for safely traversing ice. There …

What is a Crampon? A Beginner’s Guide was last modified: September 18th, 2018 by Pete
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Deep Water Soloing for Beginners – 14 Quick Tips!

In Good to Know, Pro Advice, Skills by Pete

If you’re reading this article, I’m pretty sure you are probably wondering what Deep-Water Soloing is, like I was when I first heard of it. It is not scuba-diving, which was where my mind went first, nor does it mean going at something alone. Deep-Water Soloing, (a.k.a. “Psicobloc”), or DWS, is rock climbing, without any Belay equipment (the solo part) …

Deep Water Soloing for Beginners – 14 Quick Tips! was last modified: August 20th, 2018 by Pete
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Rock Climbing Bolts : How Do They Work?

In Care & Maintenance, Good to Know, Pro Advice, Skills by Pete

Bolts: Who Places Them and How is it Done? In a nutshell, a climbing bolt is literally a bolt that you screw into a rock face, and it serves as an anchor point for progressing in your climb.  If you learned to climb in a climbing gym or you’re accustomed to climbing at popular sport climbing areas with well-protected routes, …

Rock Climbing Bolts : How Do They Work? was last modified: June 29th, 2018 by Pete
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A Complete Guide for Belayers

In Good to Know, Pro Advice, Skills by Pete

There is nothing more terrifying than watching a beginner belayer belay someone, and it becomes immediately apparent that the belayer either didn’t listen to the instructions or had completely forgotten them. I have been rescued from a refugee camp, flown in sketchy Putt-Putt planes, and seen my belongings go up in smoke, and to this day, I still have more …

A Complete Guide for Belayers was last modified: June 29th, 2018 by Pete
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22 Climbing Tips I Wish I Knew Sooner!

In Good to Know, Pro Advice by Pete

Every experienced climber has some moments in the early days of their climbing career that they look back on and cringe. Whether it’s the time they showed up at the crag with fifteen people blasting Beyonce and got a stern talking to from a local, or the time they got in way over their head on a route, got benighted, …

22 Climbing Tips I Wish I Knew Sooner! was last modified: June 6th, 2018 by Pete
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Trekking Poles : What You Need to Know!

In Good to Know, Pro Advice by Pete

New trekking pole users might find themselves wondering, “Should I use one trekking pole or two?” The answer depends upon what type of terrain you’ll be hiking.  Single trekking poles, also sometimes referred to as a hiking staff, are great when hiking on relatively flat terrain with little to no weight on your back. On most other terrains I’d suggest …

Trekking Poles : What You Need to Know! was last modified: April 27th, 2018 by Pete
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What’s the Difference Between Sport and Trad Climbing? A Beginner’s Guide

In Good to Know, Pro Advice, Skills by Pete

I recently started rock climbing again more seriously. I climbed in my teenage years mostly to hang out with the beautiful people at the local rock climbing gym. After finally settling in one spot I decided to seek out a climbing community.  It can be intimidating infiltrating such a sport, not merely for its risk but for the jargon alone. …

What’s the Difference Between Sport and Trad Climbing? A Beginner’s Guide was last modified: April 12th, 2018 by Pete
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The Beginner’s Guide to Bouldering

In Good to Know, Pro Advice by Pete

What is Bouldering? Bouldering is the simplest form of climbing, where harnesses and ropes are unnecessary and the climber’s goal is to scale small but tricky “boulder problems” (established routes or sequences on a boulder) with padded mats protecting the climber should he or she fall. Climbers tend to love bouldering or hate it. It’s a unique climbing discipline because …

The Beginner’s Guide to Bouldering was last modified: April 12th, 2018 by Pete
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17 Essential Tips for Hiking with your 5 to 12 Year Old Kids

In Good to Know, Pro Advice by Pete

Kids in this age range are often itching to get outdoors! Hiking is one of the best options to get your kids moving around in a healthy way, that won’t break the bank, and hopefully not their bones either! School-aged children can go for longer periods of time as well as go further, which is great because it serves as …

17 Essential Tips for Hiking with your 5 to 12 Year Old Kids was last modified: April 9th, 2018 by Pete