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When you’re just starting out, the amount of gear and harnesses and shoes and random doo-dads in the rock climbing section of the gear store can be intimidating. What does all that stuff do? What climbing gear is needed for indoor climbing? What equipment do you need for free climbing? What do you need to start bouldering? The answer to all of these questions is basically the same - it depends on what form of rock climbing you’re interested in and what gear you can borrow from others. We’re going to give ya’ll a basic rock climbing equipment list broken...

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A lot of outdoor activities use a lot of similar gear. This is both a blessing and a curse. Hiking, climbing, backpacking, photography, trail running, and even kayaking all use packs of some sort. What are the differences between different packs and can you use the same pack for multiple activities? We’re going to focus on the climbing pack vs. hiking pack debate because the overlap is significant but the nuanced, technical differences are important to consider. Climbing Pack vs. Hiking Pack First of all, what is a climbing pack? In this recent article, we outline a few different types...

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Show of hands - how many of us climbed trees and rocks and fences and maybe even homes when we were kids? Come on, I know I’m not alone here. One of the reasons I love climbing so much is because it’s basically a grown-up riff on the original version of play that we can more often engage in as adults. Of all the different ways you can climb a rock, bouldering is one of my favorite forms because it requires so little equipment and skill to get started. The overhead to explore this type of fun and adventure can...

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Biking, Camping, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Skiing, Snowboarding -

Picture it: It's late October. You've just parked your car at the trailhead, open the door, and BOOM… you realize you’re woefully underdressed. Sadness. Learning how to layer your clothing for outdoor adventures takes trial and error. Or does it? We've taken the guesswork out of the process. Read on for how to nail your layers for any outdoor activity in any conditions. How to Layer Clothes for Cold Weather Building a layering system for comfort in cool fall temps and cold winter conditions relies on four essential things: moisture management, breathability, insulation, and protection from the elements. The goal...

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There are times when having the right shoes is way more important than having new shoes, like when you work in a kitchen, are a race horse, or want to go out and climb on rocks without breaking the bank. Here is a rundown of different types of rock climbing shoes, as well as how to choose the right rock climbing shoes for you. The characteristics that distinguish rock climbing shoes are the way they fasten and the amount of camber they have built-in. Fasteners come in three main types: lace-up, strap, and slip-on.  Lace-ups Lace-up rock climbing shoes are...

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