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Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Essential Gear for Freesoloing, as Indicated by "Cliffhanger"
So there is a lot of free soloing in the 1993 Sylvester Stalone film, Cliffhanger . But holy moley, they carry a lot of gear. Here's a f...
Monday, July 6, 2020
Carbon Dioxide Poisoning in the Mountains
We celebrated New Years Eve in the backcountry. We hiked pretty far back to climb some -- as of yet unknown -- ice climbs. It was a really c...
Friday, July 3, 2020
Rope Considerations for Glacier Travel
What type of rope should I use for glacier travel...? This particular question is a moving target, and has three distinct parts. The first p...
Thursday, July 2, 2020
Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 7/2/2020
Northwest: --The News Tribune is reporting that, "A climber missing since Friday while travelling through treacherous terrain at Mount ...
Friday, June 26, 2020
Tips for Minimizing Rockfall in Loose Terrain
In the following video, AMGA Instructor Team member Emilie Drinkwater discusses a few techniques that can be used to decrease rockfall in lo...
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 6/25/20
Northwest: --A US Air Force Pararescueman was killed when his anchor failed while rappelling near Boise in October. The following article de...
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Route Profile: Northwest Rib, Mt. Shuksan (5.7, III)
Mt. Shuksan is one of the most photographed mountains in the world. The peak is draped in hanging glaciers and beautiful rock buttresses. Bu...
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