The Day I Sent True Love

Dave Hume is a mythical figure at the Red River Gorge, renowned, revered and whispered about to this day for his legendary crimping power and eye for the most plumb lines. Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Hume cherry-picked some of the best, most beautiful routes in the Gorge. His routes included some […]

Keep Climbing Fresh

Ticking that next grade sometimes feels like the most important thing in the world. It takes on such importance that achieving it blinds you to potential daily joy of the journey you’re currently on. 2013 was a tough year for me, climbing-wise. A career change and the preparations of getting married all prevented me from […]

Wild and Free

Climbers like to nitpick how our relatively slight variations in body size and shape lend themselves to drastic differences in grades. “Oh, you have a +2 Ape Index, but I’m a -1 so that V5 is at least V6 for me.” But there’s one climber out there for whom climbing isn’t just harder, it should […]

Everything You Know About Layering is Wrong

Waterproof-breathable (W/B) fabrics have a place in the climbing world. Unfortunately, that place is often at the bottom of your backpack. For as long as I’ve been a climber, much of the outdoor industry, led in particular by Gore-Tex, has pumped the fear of god into me that every drop of moisture that falls from […]