Category Archives: Educational

Ouray Ice Trip Part II

Day Three Our third day in Ouray (pronounced “you’re-ay,” not “ooh-ray” according to the locals) saw us get a comfortably late start. One of the advantages to the town being a whopping 5 minute drive away from the ice park is not feeling rushed in the morning; this allows for a stress-free gear-up and a […]

Ouray Ice Trip Part I

What follows is a detailed recap of our icy adventures in Colorado at the world-famous Ouray Ice Park! Who says you have to climb indoors in the winter!?   Day 1   Having arrived in town late the night before, all we’d seen of Ouray, Colorado was the small, one-main-road town nestled in the massive looming […]

Ice Season is Here!!!

Too many climbers spend the winter lamenting the cold weather and sitting inside dreaming of warm days on the rock. Instead of waiting around for the warming rays of spring, several Vertical Rock members and staff are headed west to take advantage of this opportunity to exercise the lesser known but equally exciting vertical discipline: Ice […]

Gear Review: Black Diamond Magnetron

[mk_image src=”” image_width=”200″ image_height=”150″ crop=”true” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”center” margin_bottom=”10″] GEAR REVIEW Black Diamond Magnetron Carabiner   With the spring climbing season quickly approaching (gotta think positive, right?), there will be lots of new climbers looking to outfit themselves or their friends and loved ones with the essentials of rock climbing: a harness, climbing […]

Mantling the Plateau

In the sporting world, rock climbing seems to exist in a vacuum. Practices and principles commonly accepted in the more mainstream sporting arenas are largely absent in your climbing gym or down at your local crag. Ask any climber to list their “required gear” for a trip to the local crag, climbing gym or bouldering [...]

Climbing Through the Cold

Climbing Through the Cold The glorious spring season will soon be peeking over the horizon, however some committed (read: impatient) climbers scoff at the idea of hibernation. And that means preparing for cold cragging! Winter temperatures can bum out even the most adventurous climbers, when numb hands and biting wind make central heating seem increasingly […]