The GriGri Saved My Life

I experienced the most terrifying fall in April 2015. I was climbing “Stick to Your Guns” 5.12a in Green Valley Gap in Saint George, Utah. I want to preface two things: one, we were using a GriGri which is an assisted-breaking belay device. If the climbing rope is tugged, the GriGri is designed to lock … Continue reading The GriGri Saved My Life

Choosing Climbing Shoes

Rock climbing shoes are the interface between you and the rock. The wrong type of shoe or fit can hold you back. When choosing climbing shoes, there are three primary considerations: 1) Climbing shoe fit: For the best performance, climbing shoes should fit snug but not painfully. Getting the right fit will help you climb harder … Continue reading Choosing Climbing Shoes

Grip Shoe Care Review

Grip is a new product on the market and the first formula specifically created for climbing shoes. Grip is a 3-in-1 product. It maximizes friction, prevents oxidation, and removes odors. This is the first product that I have used that can be applied to the inside and the outside of the shoe. Grip is ecofriendly … Continue reading Grip Shoe Care Review

The Hidden Boulder

I live about fifteen minutes from Rock Canyon in Provo, UT, so I have climbed there a lot. Just recently my friend, Gabe, took me to a boulder called, Heroin Hut. This boulder is tucked out of the way but can be found pretty easily from the main trail. The location of the boulder is shown … Continue reading The Hidden Boulder

Cheesy Routes in “The Narrow”

My Dad and I recently took a trip to Saint George, UT and visited a new climbing area in Pioneer Park. The area is called “The Narrow.” Now, do not confuse this with Zion’s Narrows, this area is much smaller. “The Narrow” is a slot canyon that is only a few hundred feet long and … Continue reading Cheesy Routes in “The Narrow”

Types of Climbing Chalk

Chalk is a prized possession by rock climbers. It is meant to increase friction and improve grip. Chalk is used to dry the sweat on climber’s hands; any sign of sweat can impact their grip. Most climbers store their chalk in a chalk bag that you can attach to your harness or a chalk bag … Continue reading Types of Climbing Chalk

The 11 Essentials for Outdoor Climbing

There are several important items that you should take when you climb outside. While on your adventures you will want to be safe and comfortable, and prepared for an emergency. These items can ensure a great day of climbing: 1) Water—this is the most important. You should always bring extra water, in case of emergency. … Continue reading The 11 Essentials for Outdoor Climbing

If You Could Hie To Kolob

In August 2013, my family and I were exploring Kolob Canyon in Zion’s National Park. We traveled to the South Fork of Taylor to find Namaste Wall. We parked right off of the road next to the trail head. The trail head was clearly marked so we started down the path. As we walked, we … Continue reading If You Could Hie To Kolob

How to Lead Belay Using a GriGri

Learning how to belay is required if you are going to be sport climbing or traditional climbing. You want to start by learning how to top rope belay. It is most convenient to learn how to top rope belay by visiting your nearest climbing gym. All of the equipment you need is available and the … Continue reading How to Lead Belay Using a GriGri