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What to pack for a pre-orientation trip

In Camping, Climbing, Featured, Gear, Hiking, Seasonal by AudreyMorrisLeave a Comment

Pre-orientation trips are so unique because they give everyone access to cool outdoor activities, without forcing them to go out and buy every single piece of outdoor group gear ever to come into existence. With the expensive main stuff covered, there are a few personal things that pre-orientation leaders should request all members to bring so everyone is prepared for …

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All the gear you’ll need for climbing pre-orientation trips

In Climbing, Featured, Gear, Seasonal by AudreyMorris2 Comments

If your pre-orientation outfit runs climbing trips, there’s a whole other list of gear to stock up on in the rental shop. So, we’re here to make that job a piece of cake, with suggestions for the best shoes, harnesses, helmets, and other technical equipment for every leader, trip, and skill level.   CLIMBING SHOES For: The highly aggressive (climbing …

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Student athlete feature: Nathan Withey

In Climbing, Featured, Student Features by college@dminLeave a Comment

College is hard; I struggle to balance work, school and my weekend warrior outdoor lifestyle. I think many will agree that dilemmas such as, “Do I read this chapter about Supply Chain Management or go skiing with my friends?” or, “Should I practice a few more differential equations or head over for Beer and Bouldering at the local gym?” crop …

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An Earth Day celebration of the outdoors: finding direction in climbing

In Climbing, Seasonal by ZoeGatesLeave a Comment

The following short piece was written originally as a reflection on the theme “direction.” As a college student, I’ve often experienced the stresses of feeling directionless. Through every tumultuous semester, the outdoors have been an unwavering source of comfort and clarity that I can count on. So this Earth Day, I celebrate time spent in nature doing what I love …

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Transitioning from the climbing gym to outdoor ratings at Joshua Tree

In Climbing, Trip Report by RobertBallardLeave a Comment

My first foray into outdoor bouldering was a painful, ego crushing expedition. This was several years back, and — as is often the case — my troubles grew from my unrealistic expectations. I had been climbing at the local gym for a couple of months, and had spent a bit of time at the local sandstone bouldering spot, Pirate’s Cove, …

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The climbing gym part 2: An interview with gym creator and lifelong climber Taki Miyamoto

In Climbing by college@dmin1 Comment

Salt Pump Climbing Co. has everything you could want to meet your climbing needs in the dark months of winter, from creative routes to a sweet little cafe to a great community of climbers, experienced and new. The gym’s co-owner, Taki Miyamoto, is a key member of this community and can typically be found walking around the space chatting with …