Bouldering: A Primer

More molehill than mountain, bouldering routes rarely top 20 feet tall. But the sport of bouldering can require raw strength and gymnastic prowess beyond what’s…

Teva Mountain Games Intro

In 2006, I traveled to the Teva Mountain Games for a weekend of rafting, racing, and running in the mountains over Vail, Colo. This June,…

Mountaineering Gear Test

Alta Peak, an 11,204-foot pyramid of rock in California’s Sierra Nevada Range, served as a proving ground last month for me with several new pieces…

Metolius Master Cams

Many rock climbers love Aliens. Not creatures from space that burst out of your belly, but the cams made by Colorado Custom Hardware. Technically called…

Field Test — Mount Shasta

If nothing else, my attempt to climb the 14,179-foot stratovolcano of Mount Shasta last weekend in northern California was a great opportunity to test gear.…

Kahtoola FLIGHTsystem

Kahtoola Inc.’s new FLIGHTsystem — an innovative overboot-snowshoe package that costs $334 — was made for wintertime runners and outdoorsy types who need to go…

Via Ferrata in Ogden

Last week I traveled to Ogden, Utah, on assignment for New York Times. My gig: Climb the nation’s newest via ferrata routes in Waterfall Canyon…

Ice climbing equipment

The obscure, some would say insane, sport of climbing frozen waterfalls is not so obscure anymore. At least according to a new report compiled by…

Brunton SolarRoll Review

Brunton’s SolarRoll products are flexible plastic sheets with embedded solar paneling made for powering electronic equipment deep in the wilderness. The rolls weigh less than…

Metolius Safe Climbing Gear

Metolius recently debuted several rock-climbing products with safety features that exceed the industry standard. The company built redundancies into its harnesses, beefed up its ropes,…

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