Category Archives: General

At 93 Fred Beckey has “Just Scratched the Surface”

Born in Germany, Fred Beckey moved to the U.S. at an early age and was raised in Seattle. At 13, he completed four first ascents of peaks in the Cascades. Only 6 years later, Beckey and his younger brother achieved an amazing second ascent of Mount Waddington in British Columbia, making a huge impact within […]

Nothing is Stopping Nikki

At the age of 16, Nikki Bradley was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer that will permanently require her to use crutches. In 2013, Nikki created a campaign called ‘Fighting Fit For Ewing’s (FFFE) which raises awareness for Ewing’s Sarcoma. In August, Nikki teamed up with Iain Miller to climb ‘An Port’ sea […]

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 […]

The Toughest Climb In The World

El Capitan! A 3,000 foot Granite Monolith inside of California's National Park is known as one of the most fun and toughest climbs in the world. Sparking the interest of two professional climbing partners; Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson are currently half-way through a free-climb (not free solo) the vertical face of the Dawn Wall.. [...]

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 […]