Having been climbing for as long as I can physically remember, I have been privy to a variety of changes in the climbing community. One of the changes that stands out the most is the extremely fast rate at which limits are being pushed and physical feats are being accomplished. There used to be a few climbers here or there that were setting the standards for difficult climbing- they were icons that we all watched and assumed we could never understand or become.
That psyche at the end of a sunny day can largely define a mountain town. The streets buzz with energy as people grin like fools, boast of triumphs and recount near misses and spills. The feeling is addictive: people rush to the outdoors in search of adventure to get their fix. Whether it’s on the rock, up in the air, on a boat, or just in a good pair of hikers, there is an underlying motive: to get out and commune with nature.
They’re the creepy crawly things that make us shiver, gasp & hesitate at the thought of running into them while climbing. These are the examples & tales of climbers from around the world who encountered more than they bargained for while out at the crag.
We have entered a time in climbing history where not only does the average rock climber learn to climb inside a state-of-the-art indoor climbing facility, but they rarely, if ever, experience the act of climbing on real rock.
Who doesn’t want to climb more? Who doesn’t want to climb harder?
This eight part series brought to you by Furnace Industries is geared to get you training & ready for the Mixed & Ice climbing season. These to-the-point, no B.S. posts will be running from September through December to get you ready for the ice climbing season. We’ll use photos and videos to show you the exercise and proper technique with ACE Certified Fitness Trainer and Ice Climber Marian DeWitt. These posts are not for beginners. We’ll be assuming you know enough about the basics of climbing and working out.