Archive for July, 2010 Soon Offering A Lot More Than T-shirts

Friday, July 30th, 2010

os-logo-100x100Sometimes it takes me awhile to do things. Over a year ago, I got an email from OpenSky, inviting me to their program. I thought, “What is that?” and basically ignored it. Well a few emails (and months later) I finally found out in a big way.

OpenSky is an online community of shopkeepers picked for their expertise in their field and provided with a platform to sell the products they know and love. It goes beyond Amazon affiliate links in that a shopkeeper can pick from an existing catalog of goods but they can also have OpenSky create a new relationship with companies they know and like. In this way OpenSky isn’t just a company that fulfills orders but also builds relationships within an industry.

I’m happy to announce that I will soon have an OpenSky shop of my own. My store isn’t ready just yet — hence the countdown timer graphic in the sidebar — but I’m hoping my OpenSky shop will be an easy way for you to buy things I’ve already mentioned I love and showcase some things that you may not be familiar with or that aren’t carried in your own local gear shops. Another OpenSky pro point? They have a kick butt return policy… if you don’t like it return it within a year! They even provide a USP shipping label so you don’t need to pay for return postage!

Stay tuned for my shop opening! Oh, and I’ll also take suggestions on companies I should work with, though keep in mind I have to be familiar with the product for me to carry it.

My Top 4 Tips for Climbing in Warm Weather

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Summer is upon us, at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere any way. Depending on where you are that can mean hot and humid, hot and dry, scorching hot, or hot and thunderstorms. Can you still get your climb on?

I’ve found myself climbing in all of those conditions in various parts of North America. Here are a few tips I’ve found that work for me:

  1. Adjust your climbing schedule. My climbing partners and I tend to shift to an early morning session if the weather’s going to be really hot. This is particularly advisable if you are some where where afternoon thunderstorms can develop like the Sierras. Locally in Southern California, we’ll sometimes climb early, take an afternoon break and then climb well into the evening. Always having a headlamp in your pack gives you great options.
  2. Dress accordingly. Some might think this always means shorts and tank tops (or no shirt if you ‘re a guy) but
    Wearing a Hat and a Wicking Shirt at Indian Creek

    Wearing a Hat and a Wicking Shirt at Indian Creek (South Six Shooter)

    if you’re going to have a lot of sun exposure you might think about a wicking long sleeve shirt for a cover up. I’ve been cooler wearing my white long sleeve sun shirt than bare arms at times. Also, don’t forget about a sun hat. You may not wear it while climbing but even short approaches can be made more comfortable if you’re bringing some portable shade with you. Think about your footwear as well. Approach shoes with a lot of mesh or Chaco sandals are my top choices for when it gets really hot. I’ll sometimes wear Injinji sock liners with my Chacos on a long approach where I want to be careful not to get blisters. Speaking of blisters, I try to air out my feet when I can on a hot day, for example if we take a break from the approach before climbing. Moisture can mean blisters (and smelly climbing shoes!).

  3. Drink lots of liquids. I think we all know how important water is when you’re climbing. Bring more than usual though. I always like to bring “Sports drinks” in the summer, I find the flavor helps me drink more and this is one time my body really can use the electrolytes. There are two ways I might bring a sports drink. One tip a friend shared with me is to bring the powdered version of a drink, then you can decide how strong you want to make your drink, or if you just want to stick to water for a bit longer.  My favorite way to bring a sports drink though is to bring it frozen. I freeze a Gatorade bottle before a crag day and then I have a nice slushy/cold drink at the crag!
  4. Climb in the shade. Follow the shade! This is how I was able to climb in Joshua Tree in August. Do a bit of research before heading to a new place and find out which climbs will be shaded. If you can’t research before you go to a place, ask some locals. A nice waitress in Mammoth steered my friends and I to a new crag with advice for shade. We were quite grateful for it.

So there you go, my top 4 tips for climbing in warm weather. I’ll do a follow up post on some specific bonus things I found handy for warm weather but for now, let’s share some information! What’s your favorite way to combat the heat and keep climbing?

The Clymb: $10 for Signing up! and What is it?

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Now through July 18th, your friends get $10 just for signing up

The Clymb is building the planet’s most dedicated network of core outdoor enthusiasts and athletes. So tell like-minded friends and family about us. We’ll credit your account $10 when their first order ships.

There are two ways to tell people about The Clymb

Email, IM, or post your personal invite link:

What is The Clymb? It’s a members only site that features different outdoor brands for a limited time and offers that brand’s items for around 40 – 70% off. I’ve purchased from them before and got a great deal on Kuhl clothing and Icebreaker clothing. They have also featured Teva and Sigg (right now they’re doing a multibrand Summer thing featuring some Sigg stuff , Dakine, Teva and some other stuff). Each featured run only lasts a few days long.

Disclosure: As the quote above mentions, I get $10 if you sign up with my invite and purchase something but membership is free for you (and as mentioned, you’ll get a $10 credit just for signing up, which to my knowledge they haven’t offered before).

Also, I’ve done a non paid guest blog post for them for their “Why I Climb” series. You can see that here: