Mad Rock Flash 2.0 Review

The Mad Rock Flash 2.0 is a great gym shoe. Unlike most beginner shoes it offers a bit of a down-turned profile, all-around performance, and remains comfortable. All this for a shoe that comes in near $80 means you can’t go wrong with this as a gym training shoe. Mad Rock discontinued the shoe in 2017 so we’re hoping they release a similar model.

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Five Ten Anasazi Moccasym Review

The Five Ten Anasazi Moccasym is a great shoe. I’d give it a 5 out of 5 rating if we were only judging based on crack climbing or smearing ability. When it comes to more technical edging or even a route with any sort of mildly consistent technical climbing, other shoes provide better performance and confidence. That said, it’s always nice keep a pair on hand.

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Climbing The Columns at Skinner’s Butte

Climbing at The Columns in Eugene definitely isn’t big wall climbing, but if you find yourself in town with some time to spare and your climbing gear handy, it’s a great place to get some short trad leads in.

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

Trango Crag Pack Review

I bought a giant bulky Jansport backpacking pack over ten years ago off the discount rack at REI. It was huge, had extra pockets and straps attached all over the outside of the pack, and it was uncomfortable. I didn’t climb at the time, but figured it would give me good options for backpacking and […]

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

How My Climbing Partner Convinced Me to Marry Her

There are countless reasons why I love my wife and the day we were engaged at Smith Rock removed any molecular level of doubt that may have existed in my body about spending the rest of our lives together.

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

The Top 5 Beginner Lead Climbs at Smith Rock

So you are looking for opportunities to improve your lead climbing skills? Smith Rock can be a really intimidating place to tie into the sharp end of the rope as you are learning to lead climb. Often times the first bolts are higher off the ground than you would like, not to mention many climbs 5.9 and under feel stiff for the grade. Not to fret, there are still good options in the park for learning to lead climb.

Monday, January 30th, 2017

A Brogan Spire Type of Day

A busy day at the park meant getting a solid hike in out to the Marsupials and checking back in with what we love about climbing.

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

The Top Three 5.6 Trad Routes at Smith Rock

People don’t often think trad climbing when they think of Smith Rock but there are a few gems to be had, especially in the easy range of grades. Here are three great 5.6 trad climbs for the aspiring trad leader.

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Maple Canyon Climbing Trip

Maple Canyon offers up a similar experience to Smith Rock in that the type of rock is very unique and littered with sport climbs. The climbing is definitely different but fun and set within a beautiful remote canyon a few hours south of Salt Lake City, UT.

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

The Humbling Nature of Smith Rock

Don’t let Smith Rock grades get the best of you – learn to be humble and enjoy what Smith has to offer. It’s not your average crag and it requires warming up to the thought that you just might not be able to climb the grades you do at your home crag.

Monday, October 3rd, 2016