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News Archives - Cascade Climbers
Jason Griffith

Index Climber’s Festival – Celebrate What Was Saved

Five years ago, the future of Washington’s premiere crag was in doubt. Long owned by a private citizen, the heart of Index’s Lower Town Wall was closed for climbing. Index’s world-famous climbing routes draw users from across Washington, as well as globe-trotting athletes eager to test themselves against the notorious sandbags. But in September of 2009, no-trespassing signs popped up around the cliff during the prime autumn climbing season, and rumors swirled of a potential sale and quarrying operation that [...]

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Ice Axe Review – How to buy an ice axe by Jim Nelson

WHAT SIZE or LENGTH or ICE AXE? The proper length ice axe will primarily depend on the user’s height. When ascending it will be more effort to plunge the shaft of a longer axe above, than with a shorter axe. When descending, the longer length will allow you to reach below providing support and balance. The classic method for sizing strikes a nice balance for a wide variety of slope angles, as well as for both ascending and descending. Holding [...]

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Alpine Belay by Blake Herrington

The GriGri as a an all-around tool for the mountains Skinny sport climbers know and love the Petzl GriGri. Though they smoke cigarettes and warm up on 5.13. They’re not interested in glacier climbs or multipitch ridge scrambles. And the folks who do train for these routes often eschew the weight and singular purpose of such a heavy belay device. But that doesn’t mean that those of us who are interested in the mountains (and who don’t climb 5.13) shouldn’t [...]

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eClimb Cryo Pro Ice Tool Review by Dave Burdick

eClimb is a company that has been around for a few decades, but has not penetrated the US market as much as other European manufacturers. I remember seein their radical looking tools online and in Haffner a decade ago, and always wondered how well they climbed. As online retailing has matured, getting your hands on a pair of these tools while paying in US dollars has become easy. First off, eClimb has an entire lineup of tools, built with similar technology, [...]

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The Seattle Bouldering Project – Progress Update!

Ulee and I went down to the Seattle Bouldering project to see how things are coming along…..and MAN have they done some work down there!  I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, but things are definitely coming along. To stay abreast with the progress  of this new climbing gym, visist their Facebook page here.  Also look for the launch of the Seattle Bouldering Project Website soon!

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NW Snow Buddy iPhone App

One of our long time contributors (check out his ice climbing gear primer) here at Cascadeclimbers.com has put together a really cool tool for watching local snow conditions in the Pacific Northwest.   Dave Burdick, AKA AlpineDave, has created an iPhone/iPad app called NW Snow Buddy.  NW Snow Buddy is available now in the Apple iTunes Store, so click here to get it for $2.99.  From Dave’s webpage for the application (click to visit), it looks like he has plans for [...]

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Seattle Area Boot Fitter

If you have feet that fall outside of the shape that boot manufacturers think your feet can fit into, finding a good boot  fitter is pretty key.  This especially applies to relatively inflexible plastic ski boots!  As Sky mentions in his Backcountry Ski Gear Primer, finding the correct boot is all about fit, fit, fit. You might be lucky enough to find a manufacturer who builds a boot that fits your foot exactly, or you might be like me and [...]

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The Seattle Bouldering Project

With the dearth of good natural climbing in the immediate Seattle metro area (except for that mythical sweet Renton granite), it’s either climbing gyms or UW Rock when the weather permits to get your climbing fix on.  Seattle has a couple of pretty good gyms (along with the legendary REI massif), and soon will have one more: The Seattle Bouldering Project. You might notice a their logo/ad in the sidebar, they are supporters of Cascadeclimbers.com. I have heard talk of [...]

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Smith Rock Guidebook Review 2nd Edition- By Bill Coe

alcon Guides suck. That most Falcon guides are not worth the paper they’ve been printed on is a widely known truism in the climbing world. Yet they often have been the only game in town and we all grit our teeth and buy one anyway. A good guidebook should do more than get you located in a new area: it should entertain, inform, and interest you in the area it presents. The information should be clear, well organized and most importantly, accurate. A really good one will present history along with current information or where to find current info. An excellent one will do all of this, and do it in deep rich color! The new Falcon Guide authored by Alan Watts does all of this. It breaks with the Falcon Guide tradition of settling for mediocrity, and proceeds directly to sublime and amazing.

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