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Kids Rock Climbing Shoes

Kids Rock Climbing Shoes

Kids rock climbing shoes serve as the interface between you and the rock, and an improper shoe or fit can be detrimental. There are three main factors to consider while selecting climbing shoes: Climbing shoe type: Depending on the style of climbing you want to undertake, choose from neutral, moderate, or aggressive shoes. Climbing shoe features: laces, straps, linings, and rubber all have an impact on a shoe’s performance. Climbing shoe fit: Climbing shoes should …

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An Intro To Hidden Collective: The Farmer’s Market Of Outdoor Goods

If you’re looking to diversify your outdoor gear, support local craftsmen (ahem, and women), and connect with how, where, and why your gear is made, an intro to Hidden Collective is your one-stop shop. Launched this year, Hidden Collective brings together unique makers of all kinds of outdoor gear, from skiing to fishing, and of course rock climbing. It’s like an online farmer’s market of rad outdoor makers whose gear you’ll want and whose missions …

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Guide Womens Climbing Shorts – Summer 2016

Guide womens climbing shorts: The only thing that rivals the difficulty of finding good climbing pants is finding good climbing shorts. We’ve done some “work” for you and tried out a bunch. For the reviews below, Mary is 5’4″ with an athletic build, usually size 2-4 in outdoor brands and Emily is 5’1″ with a small, athletic build and usually size 0-2. Welcome to shorts season! Guide Womens Climbing Shorts: Outdoor Research Ferrosi Summit Shorts …

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3 Euro Climbing Companies You Should Know

In today’s global economy, one continent’s worth of climbing gear, clothing, and shoes are definitely not enough. So today we head across the pond to share a few of our favorite European climbing brands (Euro Climbing Companies) with you. Also, don’t forget to check out our guide to women’s climbing pants, here.   DMM was started by these 4 gents in 1981 and has grown to employ 185 today. The Welsh Company DMM designs and …

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Guide To Women’s Climbing Pants – Fall 2015

Good, sturdy outdoor climbing pants are seriously hard to find (#firstworldproblems, we know). To help you narrow it down we’ve sifted through the park ranger styles and “I just left yoga class” options and came up with a list of our very favorites this season. Have a look at the guide to women’s climbing pants, and don’t forget to share the love and tell us about your favorite pair!   First Choice in Women’s Climbing …

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Gear Review: Gregory Sage Pack 35L

Gear Review: Gregory sage pack 35L: At the risk of losing all my street cred (crag cred?), I have to tell you that this is my first ever pack. You may remember me, I’m your friendly city-gal turned rock climbing blogger.  So as far as backpacks go I’ve owned, like, a super cute black Marc Jacobs one, oh, and this really adorable polka dot one I got from Forever 21. But I realized pretty quickly …

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Ice, Ice Baby: Beginner Ice Climbing Tips

Beginner ice climbing tips; Hopefully, Beth convinced you that ice climbing is rad and you should definitely give it a try. If not, re-read her article, then picture yourself clutching ice axes with Wolverine-like claws coming out of your boots, and tell me that lovely image doesn’t make you smile just a bit… Today Beth and Crux Crush share 6 tips to keep in mind for your first time out climbing ice. (As always, don’t …

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Guide To Climbing Pregnant

Guide to climbing pregnant: Climbing has become such an integral part of my life that it is difficult to imagine life without it. It is my main form of exercise and stress relief, a measurement of progress, a vehicle for pushing through challenges, as well as the outlet through which I’ve made some of my closest friends and continue to test and strengthen my relationship with my husband (and belay partner). For me, the thought …

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