The European Ski Mountaineering Championships 2018 are underway on the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy. The competitions take place on the North Face of the volcano from February 22 – 24. The ISMF competitions are back in the foothills of Mount Etna in Sicily with the European Championships, six years after a stage […]
The video of Stefano Ghisolfi redpointing La Capella, the 9b sports climb located at Siurana in Spain. For his 25th birthday, which he happens to celebrate today, Italy’s Stefano Ghisolfi has published the video of his ascent of La Capella, carried out last month at Siurana in Spain. This intensely bouldery route freed by Adam […]
CAMP Athlete Paige Claassen shares how she managed to find time amid a grueling two-month work schedule to prepare for one of America’s hardest sport climbs. “This week one of America’s most iconic sport-climbing testpieces saw both its first and second female ascents over two consecutive days. Michaela Kiersch, 23, clipped the chains on Necessary Evil on […]
Cam is one of our young gun skimo athletes. He is not only incredible at the sport, but he has a particular knack for teaching others. He is leading a series of group and individual clinics in Crested Butte specifically targeted at prepping and training folks for the infamous Grand Traverse. See the details HERE. […]
The amazing sculpted granite on the French island of Corsica is home to the 6-pitch 8b (.13d) route ‘Delicatessen’, which was established by the French climbing legend Arnaud Petit. CAMP athlete Ben Rueck and fellow American Delaney Miller recently repeated this testpiece climb. Check out the article “Feast or Famine” in the newest Rock&Ice Magazine […]
Climb Faster with Less Clutter Using These 6 Steps When climbing a multi-pitch route where you’ll be swapping leads, the fastest, easiest, and safest way to transition at belays is to swap belay devices with your partner. You won’t connect yourself to the anchor with a daisy chain or clove hitch, so you’ll save […]
Skiing conditions are still great in the San Juan Mountains, and warmer lower-mountain recreation options are getting ripe, too. Read on for ski conditions at Mt. Sneffels and climbing conditions in Durango and Black Canyon, plus Josh Kling’s go-to anchor setup for Durango guiding.
CAMP USA athlete and IFMGA guide Jed Porter has spent hundreds of nights in the mountains, with partners and on solo missions. He recently returned from a solo trip to the rarely skied Dragon Peak in King’s Canyon National Park of California’s Sierra Nevada, and came back with some reflections of his time up high.
Alpinism as a discipline requires a unique kind of physical fitness and mental fortitude that typical training cannot deliver. We are not building muscles to see our mass grow and we are not training in adverse conditions so we can have a story to tell our friends at the bar. We do these things because our unique discipline requires them. At the base level of athleticism for alpinism is what I call OFF THE COUCH (OTC) fitness. It is the level we know we are capable of at any moment given our standard level of fitness, prowess and experience.
Taping the backs of your hands makes crack climbing faster, more protected, and insulates the hands from cold and wet rock. These benefits of taping up are obvious and should have you sold on using tape gloves. The only exception to them would be on a sustained thin-hands crack, where you’ll be wishing your hands were narrower. We’ve tasked CAMP athlete Blake Herrington, the human multi-tool, to create a list of other things tape is good for on big rock routes and in the alpine.