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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 05, 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 29, 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 19, 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 10, 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 03, 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 18, 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 18, 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 06, 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 14, 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 20, 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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