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Training for Climbing | Fitness and Yoga

Crush Your 2019 Climbing Goals by Fixing Common Muscle Imbalances

By: Svet Dudin
January 16th, 2019

Most Americans typically give up on their new year’s resolutions two weeks into every new year. Climbers seem to be a different breed. If I’ve noticed anything at Earth Treks Englewood over the last few weeks, it’s a committed focus towards crushing your climbing goals in 2019. Conversations I’ve overheard in the last week: “I’ve kind of plateaued in my climbing over the last year. I really want to break into the next number grade” “There’s this bouldering project I’ve been eyeing on Mountain Project, but it feels WAY out of my pay grade.” “I’ve only been climbing for a few months, but I’m so stoked. I can’t wait to see what I’m climbing by the end of the year!” 

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Climbing Community | Earth Treks Adventures

Why We Rebolt: Climbers Replace Hardware in California

By: Max Stuart
November 29th, 2018

Sunday morning provides crisp, fall air sifting through the madrone and oak trees as they shade the Tafoni Sandstone in Castle Rock State Park (CRSP). The costume party last night only contributes to my excitement, despite the lack of sleep. Rebolting has been so intriguing to me after years of seeing so much antiquated rock protection. I was overwhelmed at the opportunity to contribute to some local climbing areas. That morning, we set out with the Bay Area Climbers Coaltion (BACC) and gear provided by the American Safe Climbing Association (ASCA) to update some of the old bolts that protect the California Ridge area.

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Climbing Community

Trip Report: Adventure Climbing in the Sierras

By: Wendy Low
November 14th, 2018

“I get knocked down, but I get up again, you’re never gonna keep me down…” -Chumbawumba

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Lead Climbing | Training for Climbing | bouldering

I'm a Rope Climber, But Here's Why I Boulder

By: Jon Meltzer
November 5th, 2018

As a personal trainer and fitness guru at Earth Treks, I hear a lot of the same mindset: “All of my climbing goals involve tall climbs on ropes. Why would I boulder?” At first glance, the logic behind the thought seems sound. If you want to run a faster mile, you spend a lot of time running miles. If you want to lift heavier weights, you… well, you lift heavier weights. The fact is that rock climbing, especially leading sport routes, demands a very precise ratio of power, strength, endurance and mental fortitude. That’s where bouldering comes in.

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Climbing Gear | Climbing gifts

Gear I Can't Live Without: Mammut Wall Rider Helmet

By: Collin Jenkins
October 29th, 2018

I recently walked into my local climbing store for nothing in particular. As I was browsing, I came across a box and thought, “Is this box empty? Why are they displaying an empty box?” Skeptical, I opened the box and found...a climbing helmet! I was dumbfounded. Climbing helmets are normally bulky pieces! And while even the heavier versions aren’t that burdensome, at the end of a long day at the crag, I find myself tilting my head to the side and belaying while practicing neck rolls. As far as I'm concerned, cutting a few ounces can make a huge difference.

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Training for Climbing | Climbing Tips

7 Exercises to Prep for Ski and Snowboarding Season

By: Chris Swindell
October 19th, 2018

As Fitness Program Manager of Earth Treks Golden and Englewood, I notice that a lot of our members are more than just avid climbers. You’re trail running, backpacking, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding and more. That’s why we’re creating a fitness training series called Mountain Prep designed to get you ready to crush your other outdoor pursuits. It may only be October, but winter and, specifically, ski and snowboarding season is just around the corner. It may still be a while before we can get our first turns in, but now is the time to harness your upcoming ski and snowboarding excitement into exercises to get your body prepped for the season. Here’s a series of exercises you can start now so that your first ski day feels more like your 10th.

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Training for Climbing | Climbing Tips

Breathe Better Climb Harder

By: John Hood
October 10th, 2018

You’re outside at your favorite crag or bouldering pit. The weather is perfect, you’ve been training hard to send your project and you’re geared up and ready to crush! You start climbing, your heart’s beating, you’re starting to sweat and your forearms are pumping out. You only have a few more moves until you send, but you don’t think you’re going to make it. What do you do? The answer: Breathe!

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Lead Climbing | beginner climbing | Climbing Tips

Best Belaying Tips: How to Give a Soft Catch

By: James Nurse
October 3rd, 2018

Lead climbing is what I love most about this sport. While climbing can primarily be described as an individual sport, there is almost nothing more important to a lead climber’s success than trusting their belayer. This trust allows the climber to focus 100% on their climb and to commit to those harder and scarier moves. On the flip side, the fastest way to erase that trust is to give your climber a hard catch or, even worse, spike them.  There are many tips, tricks and techniques that climbers learn and develop over the years to make themselves the best belayer possible in all scenarios.

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beginner climbing | Climbing Tips | bouldering

HOW TO TRANSITION FROM INDOOR BOULDERER TO OUTDOOR PEBBLE WRESTLER

By: Jon Meltzer
September 18th, 2018

Some of my fondest climbing memories have been spent with friends, huddled around the same 15 foot tall boulder, figuring out the precise sequence to send, and laughing all the while. I love bouldering outside--it's really awesome! However, there are a few things you should know before you take your inside hobby into the great wide open.

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Rock Climbing | Climbing Tips

I USED TO HATE CLIMBING APPROACHES, BUT NOW I'M IN LOVE. HERE'S WHY!

By: Riley Meyer
September 18th, 2018

The climbing approach, the trail or walk in to the base of an outdoor rock climb, can be a weird concept for newer climbers who have learned in a gym setting. I’ve heard from some that it can be intimidating climbing outside the gym because there is so much more you need to know and it can take some time before you can get there. But approaching the crag is one of my favorite parts of any excursion.

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2018 USA Climbing Youth Bouldering Local Competition in Timonium

By: Janet Hirsch
September 6th, 2018

Earth Treks is thrilled to host a USA Climbing Youth Bouldering Local Competition on September 29, 2018 at Earth Treks Timonum. LOCATION Earth Treks Timonium 1930 Greenspring Dr,  Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093 Click here for directions

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Climbing Gear | Climbing gifts

Gear I Can’t Live Without: Black Diamond ATC Pilot

By: Alex Garcia
August 14th, 2018

Not long ago Black Diamond released the ATC-Pilot--a brand new assisted braking belay device that’s perfect for the gym or the crag. I was skeptical at first since there are numerous similar devices already on the market, but I’m a huge gear nerd so I had to try it out.

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Fitness and Yoga

AM I THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN'T RELAX IN YOGA?

By: Ashley Van Dyne
July 20th, 2018

You make it to a yoga class. You're laying down at the end and you're ready to relax in Savasana, the last resting pose.  As you settle in, the teacher tells you in their softest and most reassuring voice to let go, to surrender. 

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VAN LIFE: SIMPLE, HEALTHY EATS FOR CLIMBING

By: Kim Tellez
June 12th, 2018

When I’m in Rifle, all I want to do is climb. From the moment I wake up, I’m ready to take off and jump on the warm-up routes. I sleep with the guide book next to my pillow. On a sheet of scratch paper sticking out of the book is the list of routes I carefully chose the night before. I’m still a bit impatient, like a kid at Disneyland, but I’m working on it.  As the sun creeps over my van, I get out and walk around and pace around my climbing partner’s car, who is usually still fast asleep. I might even bump into his car a few times to get the ball rolling.

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BUILDING A CLIMBING CULTURE IN BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR

By: James Scheh
June 5th, 2018

As climbers, most of us have felt the awesome impacts that climbing can have on us as individuals and on our local communities. Ideally, the continued growth in climbing and the development of new climbing areas in new communities will continue to have a positive impact and foster our community. That is our goal for Loreto and Comundu, two small communities in the incredible Sierra Giganta Mountains in Baja California Sur. 

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WHAT IS BOULDERING?

By: Jon Meltzer
May 3rd, 2018

BOULDERER IS A WORD It's true, rock climbing requires some technical knowledge. We need to know how to tie a variety of knots, as well as ways to manage slack and get down from the summit safely. We need to have gear (many of us tend to go overboard with racks upon racks of carabiners, slings, cams and other various baubles). We need marathon endurance to tackle gigantic, wandering routes that disappear into the clouds. Right? … Well, not exactly.

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Climbing Tips

5 TIPS FOR PLANNING YOUR FIRST CLIMBING TRIP

By: Ty Baxter
March 30th, 2018

'Tis the season! Whether your heart is set on Red River Gorge, Indian Creek or Red Rocks, it's officially climbing season somewhere. You've watched the weather, acquired all the gear and downloaded the crags on your app...now what? Make sure your t's are crossed and i's are dotted by checking out these quick tips for planning your climbing trip.

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2018 YOUTH SPORT & SPEED LOCAL COMPETITION

By: Tori Barnett
March 28th, 2018

Earth Treks is thrilled to host the 2018 Youth Sport & Speed Local Competition! This USA Climbing Competition is April 28, 2018 at Earth Treks Golden.

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Fitness and Yoga

LIFT YOUR WAY TO A STRONGER CLIMB

By: Danielle Repetti
March 15th, 2018

Climbing is a challenging sport. It requires a great deal of technique, strength, flexibility, endurance and power. Many climbers have honed their technique and skill – but there's one looming part of the puzzle holding them back from those bigger, more challenging climbs.

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ROCK WARS IV: A NEW ROPE! USA CLIMBING COMPETITION

By: Tori Barnett
February 5th, 2018

Earth Treks is thrilled to host Rock Wars IV: A New Rope! This USA Climbing Youth Sport Local Competition is April 21, 2018 at Earth Treks Columbia. REMEMBER, EVERYONE entering the facility on Saturday, whether competing or just watching, must have a completed waiver on file! Please complete the waiver online before coming to the gym on Saturday, it will speed up the whole check in process! FULL WAIVER HERE LOCATION Earth Treks – Columbia, Maryland Click here for directions FORMAT Red point with two sessions for climbing. All USA Climbing age categories are welcome in each group, and each group gets three hours of climb time.

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What's New

WELCOME ROBERT COHEN, NEW CEO OF EARTH TREKS & PLANET GRANITE

By: Tori Barnett
January 18th, 2018

The perfect climbing team shares your psyche, pushes you to be your best and helps you laugh at all the silly little things that life throws at you. They make you more creative, more compassionate, more connected to the climb. Together you dream up cool adventures, embark on fascinating journeys and stand on distant summits. A great team makes climbing even more rewarding.

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CH CH CHANGES! YOUR MEMBERSHIP PERKS JUST GOT BETTER

By: Tori Barnett
January 2nd, 2018

INTRODUCING UNLIMITED FREEZES We’re tossing the three-month limit to freezes. You can now freeze for as many months as you like!  Accept that overseas internship or set off on a cross-country road trip and your membership will be waiting for you when you get back.* With all that climbing, it’s easy to forget about other perks already included in your membership  - here's a short list of benefits you absolutely should be taking advantage of!

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YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY ON OUR WALLS – ENTER THE TOMMY BELL PHOTO CONTEST

By: Tori Barnett
December 28th, 2017

Tommy Bell was part of the Earth Treks Rockville family for more than six years hosting birthday parties, teaching climbing classes and much more. Best known for his ever-present smile and seemingly endless supply of positivity, Tommy embodied the best in all of us. Our community lost Tommy far too soon when he passed away in a bicycle crash in the Spring of 2017.

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Climbing gifts

GO-TO GIFTS FOR THE CLIMBER IN YOUR LIFE

By: Collin Jenkins
December 15th, 2017

What do you get a climber who has more gear than ornaments on the Christmas tree? Worry not. We’ve got the gift list of items climbers don’t even know they need!

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YOUTH BOULDERING CAPITAL REGION CHAMPIONSHIP

By: Tori Barnett
November 30th, 2017

Earth Treks Rockville is thrilled to host the USA Climbing Youth Bouldering Capital Region Championship on Saturday, December 9, 2017!

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4 REASONS TO RENDEZVOUS

By: Rachel Shallue
October 28th, 2017

Each month we Rendezvous!  Why? Because there’s no better place to check your worries at the door and relax with friends than at Earth Treks.  After a year of hosting these events, we’ve learned a few of the common threads that tie everyone together. Whether you are a long-time member or just interested in exploring the gym, the Rendezvous is a great way to join in on the fun.  Friends, fun, free beer and a chance to meet new friends--what more could you ask for?

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Rock Climbing

INSIDER TIPS ON MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR EARTH TREKS VISIT

By: Roberta Garcia
October 13th, 2017

Our mission at Earth Treks is to share our passion for climbing with you - whether you are a seasoned climber or brand new to the sport of rock climbing, there is something for nearly everyone! As a veteran employee, I’ve seen a lot over the years - here is my personal list of insider’s tips to ensure your visit is amazing.

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Rock Climbing

IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED - CUT YOUR APPROACH TIME

By: Brandy Cuellar
September 19th, 2017

 Red Rock Conservation Area is a climbers dream.  Seriously, people wake up hugging their guide books. Let me paint you a picture:

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Rock Climbing

AM I READY? TOP FAQ'S ON HOW TO START CLIMBING OUTSIDE

By: Ali Bullock
September 1st, 2017

“Let’s head to Seneca!”...or Red River Gorge or Yosemite...if this text pops up on your phone and your heart starts to race, you know you’re ready to take your skills outside.

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5 OF THE MOST INTERESTING CLIMBING PODCASTS WE'VE EVER HEARD

By: Lawrence Osefoh
August 15th, 2017

Climbing podcasts are out there, and I have listened to most of them. After hundreds of listening hours - here are my favorite podcasts that help motivate and educate me on all things climbing.

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Rock Climbing | Climbing Gear

RETIRING CLIMBING GEAR – BECAUSE WHO DOESN'T LOVE A LITTLE SAFETY PEP TALK?

By: Nate Schumacher
August 3rd, 2017

For most of us, our gear is our treasure: something we meticulously clean, inspect, display for our friends to admire and painstakingly organize (Don’t believe me? See the raddest gear sheds here). The thought of retiring it is difficult, but you know what they say: it hurts to let go, but sometimes it hurts more to hold on. I’m here to convince you to retire your cherished climbing gear before the point of no return.

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Lead Climbing | Earth Treks Adventures

TAKING THE REINS – LESSONS LEARNED WHILE LEADING MY FIRST CLIMBING TRIP

By: Erica Espenak
July 13th, 2017

My first experience multi-pitch trad climbing is what inspired me to work in the climbing industry and in many ways changed the course of my life. I remember getting to the top of Seneca on that first trip and thinking, “Now I get it!  This is what climbing is supposed to be for me”. Climbing, while often a social activity, can also be very personal - a person’s goals, priorities and motivations are their own. At the top of Seneca I found my reason to climb and keep climbing. I wanted the ability to inspire others in the same way - it was time to plan a big climbing trip to expand my horizons and better hone my skills. I, along with Emily Sillcox and Sherie Lou Santos, was awarded an Earth Treks Avi Sengupta Staff Climbing Scholarship to venture out to Red Rock, Nevada and pursue my goals.

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Rock Climbing | Climbing Tips

2 SIMPLE BREATHING TIPS THAT WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU CLIMB

By: Tiffany Shocklee
June 29th, 2017

PRANAYAMA FOR CLIMBERS Pranayama is the art and science of the breath. Yogis use pranayama to calm the mind, expand inner awareness and stimulate a variety of healthful effects. Many of these practices translate beautifully into climbing. I would recommend trying these two in a seated or reclining position for a few minutes first before testing them out on a climb.

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Rock Climbing | Climbing Tips

HOW TO DEFEAT THE CLIMBING HABIT HOLDING YOU BACK - AVOIDANCE

By: Kim Tellez
June 13th, 2017

"Hello. My name is Kim and I'm a perfectionist."  I don't know for sure how I became one. I'm guessing it had something to do with my childhood. There might be a sad little league story there. For whatever reason, since I was very young I remember trying very hard to be perfect at whatever I was doing. In school, I had to get straight A's, 100%'s on tests, be the fastest runner - I am an over-achiever, so… what's the problem?

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Women Rock Climbing | Climbing Tips

5 CLIMBING RESOURCES EVERY WOMAN NEEDS TO KNOW

By: Julianna Brightman
June 5th, 2017

When I began training more seriously for climbing, I came across Eric Horst’s thoughts on fear of failure and fear of falling in Training for Climbing, and it changed how I saw the impact of climbing on my life. Failure is a good thing in climbing. How you learn from failure determines how you grow as a climber, and falling is a symptom of failure. Lots of women and men talk about being afraid to fall, but I’m betting there are many women like myself who are afraid to fail.

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Lead Climbing | Climbing Tips

A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO LEAD CLIMBING

By: Cole Walton
May 1st, 2017

Lead climbing, easy to learn but difficult to master. Whether you learned from a friend or took an Introduction to Sport Leading class, Earth Treks is here to help you feel secure and confident on the wall! Take a look at these tips and tricks that can be useful if you are wondering how to continue to develop your lead climbing.

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adventure climbing | Earth Treks Adventures

3 EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES TO MAINTAIN YOUR SENSE OF ADVENTURE

By: Paul Robinson
April 20th, 2017

Ever since I was very young, I’ve had a strong sense of adventure. I loved to be outside.  My friends and I would run through the woods daily, playing tag, swimming in the creek, etc.  I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t love to be outside.  I didn’t really know what I wanted to be when I grew up but I knew that if I was outside and exploring, I would be happy.

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Indoor climbing volume | Climbing Tips

VOLUMES: THE NEW DIMENSIONS OF INDOOR CLIMBING

By: Cole Walton
March 16th, 2017

Volumes; what routesetters love to set, and climbers love to climb! As the indoor climbing industry continues to grow, so too does everything that is involved with climbing gyms. Starting as shaped firing clay, eventually turning into foam cast in a polyester resin, climbing holds have seemed to evolve even more so than the gyms they live in. Check out this article from our friends at Climbing Business Journal to learn more about the evolution of climbing holds.

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Earth Treks Adventures

GYM LINES LEAD TO UNCHARTED LINES - PAUL ROBINSON

By: Paul Robinson
March 13th, 2017

When I first started climbing, I didn’t know anything outside of the gym.  I was ten years old growing up in southern new jersey. I would go to the climbing gym on a near daily basis. When most of the routes in the gym became too easy, I would try to memorize them and do them blind folded.  Thankfully, one of the employees of the gym noted my perseverance and saw some promise in me and invited my dad, brother, and I to go climbing outside.  I was ecstatic!  I knew nothing about any other form of climbing besides what I was doing in the gym. I was probably 11 years old and can still remember the day like it was yesterday.  Since that day, I have made sure to share my climbing experience with others – whether indoors or outdoors - to show them the full spectrum of climbing and how amazing it can be to apply the skills acquired in the gym in a beautiful outdoor setting.

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CLIMBING + WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

By: Cole Walton
March 8th, 2017

February 26, 2017: 19 year-old Margo Hayes sent La Rambla (5.15a) in Siruana, Spain. Later that day, 15 year-old Laura Rogora sent Joe-Cita (5.14d) in Oliana, Spain. Then 22 year-old Michaela Kiersch sent Southern Smoke (5.14c) and Fifty Words for Pump (5.14c) during the same session at Red River Gorge, Kentucky. The following day, 26 year-old Nina Williams sent Ambrosia (V11), a 50-foot highball boulder in Bishop, California. And a month ago, 27 year-old Alex Puccio won her 10th Bouldering Nationals title while 15 year-old Ashima Shiraishi claimed 2nd place. With Women’s History Month upon us, we can add these amazing accomplishments to the long running list of inspirational achievements by the women of climbing.

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belay rock climbing | Climbing Tips

BELAYTIONSHIPS: LOVE MEANS ALWAYS CATCHING YOUR FALLS

By: Cole Walton
February 13th, 2017

Happy  Valentine’s Day! Love is in the air – and with love comes trust, with trust comes a happy climber, and with a happy climber comes an attentive belay. Here at Earth Treks Climbing and Fitness we value partnership above all else, and what better partnership is there than those who climb together. So grab a friend or meet someone new and celebrate with Earth Treks.

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World Indoor Climbing Competition | Earth Treks Adventures

WORLDS AWAY: COMPETITOR JERSEY TRADING AT WORLDS

By: Justin Wyse
January 30th, 2017

The venue was packed for the final event everyone had been waiting for – Youth Bouldering World Championship Finals. The top six climbers in each division from all over the world face off against each other in an epic showdown to see who truly is the best in the world. As the sun set, the lights to the venue kicked on and the show began.

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