One of the reasons I don’t have a climbing gym membership (other than the fact that it’s expensive and that I don’t love climbing in the gym) is that I travel a lot. I’d be able to use the gym when I’m home, but that doesn’t do me any good when I’m on the road….
In a macabre sort of way, climbing falls are fun to watch, as long as no one gets hurt. In the moment, falls can be terrifying, and that is made abundantly clean by this point of view GoPro video of a biiiiig fall in Colorado’s Garden of the Gods.
This video consists of footage from Jimmy Webb’s 2015 spent bouldering in the Grampians, one of the premier climbing areas of Australia. Webb says that Australia is “some of the best rock i’ve ever touched.” Quite the endorsement.
We all know about spotting in bouldering, but what about sun spotting? That’s what I’m calling the technique that you can see in this video from 0:39 to 0:46. The spotter is holding up a small pad to block the sun and keep it out of the climber’s eyes. Neat little trick, one that I’ve…