In the latest Rock Climbing for Beginners Videos, Adam Barczack explains the methods behind lead climbing. Barczack demonstrates how to mock lead, how to clip properly, and how to make sure the rope runs correctly over your body.
The fall climbing season is fast approaching. One of the ways to get a jump start on the upcoming climbing season is to meet with a personal trainer. Last week, I got the chance to meet with NASM trainer and hardman boulderer Justin Alarcon at Berkeley Ironworks.
One of my major climbing goals this fall is to send a long, hard free route in Yosemite. Alarcon ran me through a circuit of exercises which required technique as well as strength. Between rowing, planks, bridges, and a medicine ball throw, I performed jumping pull ups. As I fatigued, the pull ups became harder and I needed to focus more on using the power of my legs to get my chin above the bar.
The Reel Rock Tour is heading through the Bay Area and hitting Yosemite, San Francisco, Berkeley, Concord, Sacramento, Fresno, and Concord. The tour features amazing climbing footage of the world's best climbers. This year there will be an amazing story of Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk climbing Meru, a bit about Alex Honnold's latest solo link-up in Yosemite, and than a really exciting short about the two strongest sport climbers in the world- Chris Sharma and Adam Ondra. Get ready for the Reel Rock 7!
Yosemite Valley East Auditorium Tuesday 09/25 at 7 pm
San Francisco TheVictoria Theatre Wednesday 09/26 8 pm
Berkeley The California Theatre Thursday 09/27 7 pm
San Francisco The Victoria Theatre Thursday 09/27 8 pm
Sacramento Sacramento Pipeworks Saturday 10/13 7:30 pm
Concord Diablo Rock Gym Saturday 10/20 7:30 pm
Fresno Metal Mark Saturday 10/27 6:30 pm
San Jose The Studio Saturday 11/10 7:30 pm
For more information check out the Reel Rock Tour page.
On Tuesday, August 28th a group of the world's fastest, strongest, and funniest superheros stopped by Mission Cliffs for the gym's fun night. Dozens of local climbers headed to the gym dressed as their favorite superhero to participate in a night of raffle prizes and caped climbing. Around 40 super heroes got a chance to win free guest passes to the gym, camping chairs, and a $50 gift card to Sports Basement.
Labor Day is fast approaching and Yosemite National Park will undoubtedly be busy. With the influx of new visitors and climbers, park officials are making everyone aware of the latest threat in the park- Hantavirus
Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome is a rare but serious respiratory illness that has caused two deaths in the park this year and affected two other visitors. The disease is fatal in a third of all cases.
In the latest Rock Climbing for Beginners Videos, Adam Barczack explains the fundamentals of bouldering, an aspect of the sport where the climber ascends a small portion of rock or wall using more gymnastic movement. Bouldering is well known for building strength and technigue in climbers. In the current video, Barczack explains how to fall correctly, how to spot and protect a falling climber, and climbing grades for bouldering.
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