Fixing Route Names, a playbook

Mountain Project rolling out an ultimatum There have been many developments in climbing since the George Floyd protests began in June. With an ear to the ground, climbers rallied around the mantras of 'meaningful change' and 'anti-racism' to come to a new understanding that there may very well be parts of the sport that continue…

The troublesome task of naming climbs

Devil's Tower or Matȟó Thípila (Lakota), or Daxpitcheeaasáao (Crow) There was a time, not so long ago, that sport climbing was essentially a sport where people went to a terrible piece of garbage rock that was too small to ever admit having been there in the first place. Climbers would practice technique at these places…

The New York Times, Andrew Bisharat’s Response and “New Climbing”

I hate you internet I don't read the New York Times much. But, I certainly read it much more than I read Outdoor Magazine. As for Evening Sends, I am gleefully obsessed with both what Andrew Bisharat has to say on any given topic and also love to ponder what his innermost dialogue sounds like.…

Response to “What the success of rock climbing tells us about economic growth” by John H. Cochrane

I decided to write a commentary to John H. Cocharne's article because I saw some serious flaws regarding his analysis. I think at the base it is a good article with insightful ideas on how the flow of innovation can come through intangibles and knowledge. I have included the entire article here and in such…

Strength Benchmarks for Training

I figured I'd repost a lost article: Economics of Climbing by Steve Maisch This is a great article that I'm posting here because it is lost to the internet. Here is the link: https://web.archive.org/web/20170809092155/http://www.stevemaischtraining.com/the-economics-of-training.html using the way back machine. Hopefully this is still something that people care about and appreciate. I have also added my…

Things I’ve Learned as a “New” Climber by u/KarlWalters

A quick intro: I saw this climbing post on r/climbharder and, with the author's permission, I decided to re-post it here. It's a great article with a ton of learnings that are written out in a way that most people will find interesting and hopefully gain something from it. Thanks so much Karl! Things I've…

Boulder Problems: Ideal Temperature and Relative Humidity

Does this even make sense? I've been crawling around the internet as of late and generally have been interested in how the world of climbing works. Recently, I thought I had solved a problem in regards to pulley systems and generally thought that I was good at physics. Turns out no? I ended up having…

Structuralism and Climbing

"Structuralism proposes that one may understand human culture by means of a structure [...] that differs from concrete reality and from abstract ideas—a "third order" that mediates between the two." From Deleuze's "How Do We Recognise Structuralism?" Anyone who has climbed for some time has undoubtedly had an interesting conversation with climbers and non-climbers alike: the topic of grades. Generally, the…