05/21/2020

The Weekly Stoke (7)

Categories: Community

Suffering from cabin fever? We have good news! 

...OK, we don’t have the cure, but we do have another week’s worth of the best climbing headlines this side of the interwebs. From 1-star reviews of classic climbs to more barefoot sending (yeah, it’s a thing), it’s all here. So pull up a chair, ignore the urge to reorganize your rack for the fourteenth time this week, and stay awhile.

Photo Of The Week

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Entertaining Tidbits

Fun stuff from around the web to keep you stoked. 

  • We are stoked for the American premiere of Climbing Blind, which tells the story of Jesse Dufton, a dedicated climber who has struggled with sight his entire life. It’s streaming online at Mountainfilm’s virtual festival, which is happening online now through May 25th (get your passes now!). The new Bivvy Pass gives you full access to over 100 films, a symposium and additional presentations, or you can purchase individual films, shorts programs or presentations for $10 each.

  • Looking for some old-school stoke? A newly restored version of the 1978 cult classic “EL CAPITAN” is now available on YouTube in HD. Fred Padula’s award-winning film documents one of the earliest ascents of The Nose. Pretty rad!

Climbing During the Coronavirus Pandemic

While we’re all still safer at home, some crags are starting to reopen. If you’re considering climbing, please follow these guidelines.
Climbing During COVID

Training Freebies

  • Science + studies + sports psychology = stronger sends? The Beta Angel Project has written and compiled summaries from the 49 rock climbing performance-related research papers that came out in 2019. And with most climbing on hold, you’ll have plenty of time to incorporate these findings into your training plan in time to qualify for the 2024 Olympics.     
  • Get ready for your next big route! Ortovox’s Safety Academy Lab Rock is a digital training program for alpine rock climbers. It offers more than 40 video tutorials and four chapters of interactive educational material.
  • What promotes zen-like balance, can be done without a partner, and—perhaps most importantly, given the state of the world—is completely hands-free? Yeah, slacklining is pretty pandemic-proof, and world record holder Mia Noblet has some mental tips to keep you off the ground and on the line.

Tread Lightly Tip of the Week

It's more important than ever that we all do our part to minimize impact at outdoor climbing areas. Keeping your gear organized and close to the base of the cliff/boulder protects trees and vegetation that provide shade and make everyone’s climbing experience more pleasant. Here’s how to be a class act (also known as not being a junk show).
No Junk Show Here

Do Good Inspiration

  • Check out this inspiring story of The Brown Ascenders, a nonprofit group working to make climbing culture more inclusive.
  • Shout-out to climbing advocate Dane Scott. Dane is a founder of the Western Montana Climbers Coalition and has been advocating for the climbing community at Bitterroot National Forest for nearly a decade.
  • Tommy Caldwell speaks out on climate change and POW’s “Outdoor State of Mind” initiative.

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