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  • Compare and Contrast

    Arc’teryx’s recent Jonathan Siegrist videos offer the perfect opportunity to compare and contrast two climbing video production styles. The first one’s by Andy Mann, who happens to be a frequent contributer to Climbing magazine. The second one’s by Keith Ladzinski, who happens to be a frequent contributer to Rock & Ice. Interestingly, both Mann and Ladzinski are  still photographers mostly, but that certainly doesn’t seem to limit them in any way. I think both videos do a perfectly fine job of presenting the climbing, but for what it’s worth, I like Ladzinski’s better because of the humor, and for bringing out more of Siegrist’s personality. Which do you like? Pure Imagination from ARC'TERYX on Vimeo. 24-Karats, 5.14c from ARC'TERYX on Read More

  • Bouldering: Grayson Highlands, VA

    Note: This post is a compilation of 3 posts about bouldering in Grayson Highlands State Park, VA. They are compiled from frixtion.net and first appeared in the summer and fall of 2010. If this picture doesn’t make you get psyched, check your pulse! photo by Aaron Parlier If you’ve been looking for a nearby summer adventure climbing destination, and you wanna escape these crazy record high temps, head for the high elevations of the Virginia mountains in Grayson Highland SP. According to Mountainproject.com, the elevation there is 5,089 feet. If I’m not mistaken, that is higher than Grandmother mountain (the standard NC summer bouldering escape), which is at about 4,603 feet according to Wikipedia. Aaron Parlier, who has been doing Read More

  • Leaf Man

    To those of you who are familiar with 8a.nu you might find the snapshot on the right pretty interesting.  Yes, according to 8a.nu Rumbling Bald is the third trendiest bouldering area in the world.  ???  I don’t really understand how that’s possible but hey, there it is.  Anyway, below is a video from Rumbling Bald.  It’s the critically acclaimed Leaf Man you’ve been hearing about (if a few friends say it’s cool, that counts right?).  The video features a super classic problem at the Bald.  Grease Pit – v4-v6 depending on who you ask.  Sometimes it’s nice to see videos with problems I can actually do!  I get off watching v15 like the rest of us but damn, show me Read More

  • Lumbrical Tears

    It seems like every rock climber I’ve ever met has had some type of finger injury over their career.  Whether it be a slight strain or a full blown tendon rupture, one thing’s for certain, it’s not fun.  As climbing grows more popular, the injuries increase as well.  From my experiences, diagnosing the injury seems to be the most difficult part.  With a plethora of information at your fingertips, the lack of information is not the issue.  It’s the quality. I’ve scoured the internet for information on finger injuries.  My first resource is always Dave MacCleod.  This guy has a ton of real world experience and is usually spot on.  FingerInjuires.com is another good resource for common injuries.  If I Read More

  • To Pop or Stop?

    Should we take vitamins/supplements? As climbers we are constantly seeing articles based on this topic. Some do, some don’t. I’m sure there are crushers out there that swear by ‘em and others who think they’re a waste of money. Personally, I seem to get injured quite a bit so I figure they can’t hurt!  My current line-up is: Multivitamin (umm…?) Fish Oil (heart/inflammation/omega 3′s) B Complex (immune/stress) Glucosamine Chondroitin (joints/connective tissue) Vitamin C (when I’m sick) Now whether not these bad boys help or not is a different question.  I assume the most tried and true supplement is the fish oil.  Omega 3′s are supposed to be very good for the body.  On a side-note I’ve noticed that if I Read More

  • Astro Van Man

    For years I’ve been trying to figure out what the perfect climbing rig is. Something that can get you off the beaten path but is comfortable once you get there. Until recently, I owned trucks. I figured they’ve got the 4-wheel drive for access, and with a camper top, they make an alright place to crash. Oh, only if I had tapped into my creepy old man self years before. I always resisted the idea of a van…but let’s face it. It’s really the best bang for yer roadtrip buck. Lots of space, and if you get a smaller van, the gas mileage won’t Chuck Norris the wallet. Enter the All-wheel drive Chevy Astro van. I’m getting one as soon Read More

  • Don’t Hate, Interpolate!

    “In order to achieve its unparalleled image quality, Twixtor synthesizes unique new frames by warping and interpolating frames of the original sequence… employing RE:Vision’s proprietary tracking technology that calculates motion for each individual pixel.” Yes my friends, that’s a description of the twixtor plugin.  Combine this plugin with a slick video dslr and you’ve got yourself some serious slow-mo! Slow Motion Test from Far From Home Productions on Vimeo. Read More

  • Do the Summit Dance

    Do you ever feel like doing a little dance once you’ve reached the top of a climb? Here’s a Jim Toman photo of me and Ehrin doing a jubilant victory dance on top of East Huey Spire, in Canada’s Cirque of the Unclimbables. We three straight-outta-Morganton adventurers climbed this spire via a new, cutting edge 5.8+ route. Jim had expertly scoped the potential line on a reconnaissance hike. It turned out to be quite fun, offering good climbing, fantastic exposure, and an exciting summit mantel. But poor Jim: he had to endure the trials of basecamping with a couple. He survived though, and has since gone on to do greater alpine things, including a recent new route in Patagonia. Nice work Jim! Read More

  • North Carolina Bouldering

    What a nice weekend it was in the mountains of North Carolina.  I went from Columbia >> Rumbling Bald >> Boone >> Wilkesboro >> Boone >> Columbia.  I’m glad I had MLK day off to recover from all of that driving.  After weeks of cold the weather finally broke and hosted mild temperatures.  On Saturday and Sunday it was 55 degrees and sunny.  As I strolled around the boulderfields it seemed like everybody was talking about how good it felt to finally get some sun on their face.  Although it’s been pretty mild in Columbia it was still a great feeling to boulder in a t-shirt.  I thoroughly enjoyed my weekend  — good people. Read More