Important Tips for Outdoor Rock Climbing

Outdoor rock climbing is one of the best sporting activities if you love the thrill of an adrenalin rush. There is nothing as fulfilling as reaching the summits after you have labored so diligently to reach the apex. Since rock climbing is such a demanding sport, there are a few specific things that you will want to know before you start on your fun-filled adventure. Outdoor rock climbing is not for the faint of heart, so make careful preparation before you engage your body, mind, and soul in this memorable physical activity.

#1 Equipment is the Key to Success

For a successful outdoor rock climbing experience, you must have the proper equipment. Many sports require pads, rackets, or specialized gear, and rock climbing is no exception. One of the most important pieces of equipment is the harness. The harness must be sized and strapped appropriately and have a snug fit …

Being Happy at 23: Outdoor Climbing

A study from the Center for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics says we’re happiest when we’re 23 and 69. We asked 23- and 69-year-olds simply: What makes you happy? Here are some brief answers we received.

Being 23 has been one of the most amazing years of my life. Don’t get me wrong, being a temp worker while job-hunting in the wake of the recession has proven difficult, and I’m sure it has for many other 23-year-olds. What then makes me happy? Outdoor rock climbing.

I know that there are plenty of ages to enjoy this activity. It just feels great knowing that after putting in a 40-hour work week that I have the energy to get up early on the weekend to go rock climbing around Denver. At this age I just there’s just something exhilarating about the danger of slipping off a hold while 70 …

Tips for Mountain Climbing in Gatlinburg

Mountain climbing may be a popular activity, but this does not guarantee safety for those involved. In order to make sure that nothing bad happens, it is important for climbers to consider the tips below.

  1. Check the Weather Forecast

A number of people that take on climbing do not realize that they also need to be aware of weather conditions as they prepare for a trip. No matter how many times they inspect their supplies or plan out a route, it means little if the weather is not suitable. If it should rain, for example, rocks and crevices will prove too slippery to step on, among other things. Rain can also make it difficult to see, escalating the chances for trouble. There are many websites online that can provide forecasts; or, if you’re lodging in Gatlinburg TN or staying in one of the fine hotels in Gatlinburg, you could ask …

Top 3 Outdoor Rock Climbing Spots in Michigan

Finding outdoor rock climbing sites is a combination of part daredevil, part being in the know, and part having an urge to climb any vertical structure. I can help with being in the know. One of the best websites to find local rock climbing areas in Michigan can be found at this following link Rockclimbing.com, which includes both indoor and outdoor climbing areas.

At rockclimbing.com you’ll be able to find numerous rock climbing sites from all four regions here in Michigan along with driving locations and notes and photos of the actual area. Detailed listings of each climb along with other climber comments makes for an invaluable source for all climbers experienced and new. Please be respectful of this list and always make sure you leave these beautiful areas as you find them after your climb.

Always remember to check your equipment and always stay on top of your safety …

A Few Rules for Safe Rock or Mountain Climbing

If you fancy the idea of climbing for a hobby then it is important to have studied what is required. Proper equipment beginning with clothing is the key to safe rock or mountain climbing. Every item should be designed for the job it has to do, and the best you can afford, from specialist outfitters.

Boots – Go for leather climbing boots with a thick but flexible rubber sole. There should be no exposed stitching, as raised threads can be cut by abrasive rocks. The uppers should be padded -also the tongue – and high enough to cover the anklebone. Laces should fasten through cleats or D-rings, not eyelets through which water can penetrate.

Socks – Wear thick woolen ones; and if you have climbing breeches the socks should be long enough to reach to just below the knee.

Trousers – Loose-fitting trousers give ease of movement and in summer …

Mountain Climbing in Texas: Guadalupe Mountain National Park

Who says there are no mountains in Texas? Recently when I told some friends I had climbed the highest mountain in Texas they assumed it was nothing but a highway overpass. Actually at 8,749ft Guadalupe Peak is higher than any mountain on the east coast. When those snobby Appalachian trail hikers talk about reaching the top of Clingman’s Dome or Mount Washington you can remind them that Guadalupe peak is 2,000 ft higher than those mountains.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park is in far west Texas and sits close to the New Mexico border. El Paso is about a 100 miles to the west. To travel by air you can fly into El Paso or Midland /Odessa. Once you arrive at the Park you will probably notice that it is not the most crowded National Park. If you hunger for the crowds of Yellowstone this is not the park for you. …

Climbing a Mountain

I climbed the mountain high. Sometimes scratching and clawing at the sides.
Sometimes the highs were too high, sometimes the lows were too low, but still I kept on, because I had to know. If only I could reach the top I felt I could finally have what I thought was lost. This mountain is so massive, and I have been on it for so long, what if what I was seeking isn’t even on the top. I’ve just gone wrong.
I reached out in prayer for guidance, a clearer path to be seen. And as if by magic I saw a tunnel to go in. I started down the path and felt like it was right. Then I saw light, coming in to keep me from feeling the fright. And more than that as branches open along the way, bringing others to show me support as I travel through …

Indoor Climbing Walls in Colorado

Indoor Rock Climbing in Metro Denver, Colorado

My son and I have enjoyed indoor rock climbing for years. He was 4 years old when he first climbed his 20 foot wall.

Here is a list of a few places we have been.

APEX Center

Located in Arvada, Colorado has a very nice natural like climbing wall that is good for beginners and can accommodate up to seven climbers at a time. 13150 W. 72nd Ave. www.apex.org

The Point Athletic

Located in Lakewood, Colorado and this is where my son first climbed his wall. They have a great 35 foot climbing wall. Good for all experience levels. 533 Van Gordon Street. www.pointathleticclub.com

And here are a few places we still need to go.

Erie Community Center

Located in Erie, Colorado has instructional classes for ages 3 and up as well as a 32 foot climbing wall AND a 10 foot …

Poudre Canyon, camping, climbing, and music – Denver Adventure Travel

This past weekend, I took a trip up to the Poudre Canyon, a winding front range canyon carved out by the seventy mile long Cache La Poudre river.  This canyon is all things recreation to residents and visitors of Fort Collins, CO.  I have only been up here twice, both times to splitboard up at the Diamond Peaks near Cameron Pass in the winter time.  This canyon is incredibly long; it takes almost two hours to travel the winding highway from Ft. Collins to the top of Cameron Pass.  However, the abundant recreation all along the highway are well worth it.

For this trip, we traveled less than a quarter up the canyon, to camp at the Narrows Campground.  This is a developed National Forest campground, with about eight pads strictly for tent camping.  There is a toilet, trash, and water on site.  In addition, the campground is short walking …

Climbing Pike's Peak in Colorado

Pike’s Peak at 14,110 feet is a pink granite beacon in the midst of the Colorado Rockies. Eons ago, dinosaurs roamed the area while it was in its infancy. Native Americans followed simple paths as they crisscrossed around it, and people now challenge themselves by climbing to the top in various ways: by foot, bike, car, or the Manitou and Pike’s Peak Railway. I, too, had spent a part of my life hoping to someday climb to its summit, not only to see the vast beauty surrounding the mountain, but also to say I had done it. But it was years before it became reality.

The first time I saw the pink mountain I was about eight while on vacation out west. As my dad drove past, he related the story of Zebulon Pike, the man who once called it the “Great Peak”. In mid-November of 1806, Pike and his …