Setting 101: Deadpoint

Deadpoint:  A controlled dynamic motion in which the hold is grabbed with one hand at the apex of upward motion of the body, while one or both feet and the other hand maintain contact with the rock.          – From Wikipedia, Glossary of Climbing Terms  I love a good deadpoint.  It is not only one of the easiest moves to set but also, one … Continue reading Setting 101: Deadpoint

Round 2: Training for Rock Climbing

I struggled with the clip of the auto belay for ten minutes.  This was after I had to take my harness off twice because I had managed to a) put it on upside down and b) twisted the leg loops so they were not only upside down but also backwards. My harness, the one I had gotten for Christmas in 2006, was on the list … Continue reading Round 2: Training for Rock Climbing

Climbers: How to Diagnose your own Finger Injuries

All I did was reach, as slowly as I could, to a not so great hold.  As I grabbed it, I felt a crunch in my right middle finger.  I moved my feet and then decided to let go.  My finger felt OK but I knew something wasn’t right.  I decided to try out a less steep climb and it seemed as though I had … Continue reading Climbers: How to Diagnose your own Finger Injuries

Purple Holds, Favorite Holds

I am a creep about gym routes.  I’m one of those people that can recognize the style of a setter and probably know what they ate for breakfast.  Occasionally, it has led me to only climb routes that a particular setter has produced.  However, there is one thing that has gotten me to climb routes set by other people or routes that were not so … Continue reading Purple Holds, Favorite Holds

Adios Food Desert

#lasvegas where the water tastes funny 🙊 A post shared by freerangedanger (@freerangedanger) on Jan 6, 2017 at 5:18pm PST   Las Vegas or possibly translated as ‘The Meadows’ in Spanish, has long been known as a reprieve from the arid and seemingly desolate Mojave Desert.  Now, a bustling resort town and more importantly a winter climbing spot, Las Vegas is a highly desirable vacation destination … Continue reading Adios Food Desert

Round 1: Training for Climbing?

  Everyone gathers around the newly set wall. Laughing and chatting among themselves.  Oh the joy that could be had if one were to actually finish the new orange route. I want to climb the orange route… Instead, I’m mouth breathing and attempting to steady my mind from recoiling as my climbing ability slowly degrades before my eyes. Climbing, for the last 20 minutes, has … Continue reading Round 1: Training for Climbing?

The Weekend

It should be no surprise that this weekend – I will be huddled in the blue-white glow of the TV to watch the world’s best competition climbers climb with each other in Vail Colorado for the IFSC Bouldering World cup 2016.   While the men’s competition is great, I am far more excited about the women’s show down between Alex Puccio, Megan Mascarenas, and Shauna Coxsey. Wanna … Continue reading The Weekend

Running to Improve Climbing Performance

The only thing more splendid than climbing is knowing climbing made you better at more than just climbing. – Free Range Danger Using some Sense There is a debate among top trainers and coaches in the climbing industry whether running is a necessary aspect of climbing training.  Some argue that running depletes an athlete thus diminishing their climbing performance.  Others claim that running fitness harms your body’s … Continue reading Running to Improve Climbing Performance