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bouldering

Bouldering Grades: The Complete Climbers Guide

Bouldering grades are a common language that represents the difficulty of a boulder problem. The higher the climbing grade, the more difficult the route will be. In this guide, we will explain what factors determine a boulder grade and what you can expect as you climb through the grading scale. We’ll take a look at […]

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climbing-gym

Climbing Gyms in Washington DC

Looking for the best climbing gyms in Washington D.C? Fortunately, our nation’s capital hosts an impressive list of climbing gyms for you to get your send on! Residents of DC know how brutal the traffic can be, but luckily the climbing gyms in Maryland and the climbing gyms in Virginia all host an array of […]

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rock-climbing-training

How to Get Good at Rock Climbing

How to get good at rock climbing is a question with an easy answer. The answer is to climb more, climb a lot, and climb different styles! Boulderers, start sport climbing! Sport climbers, start trad climbing! Trad climbers… start bouldering! Now that we got the cheeky answer out of the way, let’s dive into how […]

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technique

Gaston Climbing: The Complete Climbers Guide

Did you know that the rock climbing gaston move is the only climbing move named after a person! Caroline Crimp, Frank Fist-Jam, and Doug Dyno were not responsible for the name of these holds. Scroll down to our gaston history lesson to learn more! What is a gaston? The rock climbing gaston move is like […]

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beginner

Rock Climbing Exercises for Beginners

We have all the gear we need to climb and we’re fired up, but let’s take a look at five rock climbing exercises for beginners. A lot of people are looking for a quick shortcut when asking how to get in shape for rock climbing. Unfortunately, there aren’t any shortcuts. Not yet… The best rock […]

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gear

How Tight Should Rock Climbing Shoes Be?

It’s the question as old as Friction Labs Unicorn Dust, how tight should rock climbing shoes be? When I first started climbing, I didn’t think a climbing shoe would be part of the climbing equipment I needed. Eventually, I rented climbing shoes at the gym and I could barely squeeze into them. I was embarrassed […]

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gear

Equipment For Rock Climbing – The Climber’s List

List of Rock Climbing Equipment Shoes La Sportiva FinaleTC Pro Belay Device Petzl GriGri Climbing Harness Black Diamond Momentum Harness Bouldering Gear Mad Rock Mad Pad Rope Sterling Evolution Velocity Dynamic Sport Climbing Equipment Black Diamond Vapor HelmetPetzl Spirit Express Quickdraw Trad Rack Wild Country FriendDMM Alloy Offset Nuts I was taking some friends climbing […]

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gear

Rock Climbing Gear Packages: The Eight Best

Rock climbing gear packages are an excellent way to get new gear and save some money… so you can buy more gear! Whether you’re a beginner at the gym or a seasoned trad fiend eyeing your next ultra classic multi-pitch, these climbing gear packages will keep your wallet full and your closet stocked. Also, check […]

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amga spi

AMGA SPI Exam: How to Ace It

Do you want to learn how to pass the AMGA SPI Exam on your first try? We took the course and passed the exam – this guide is created just for you! Reference the technical skill checklist below to gauge your skills. We also included other information, like the exam criteria and soft skills, that […]

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gear

Beginner Rock Climbing Gear: Five Pieces You Need

If you’re a beginner at rock climbing, here are five pieces of gear to get you started off on the right hold! We here at ORB have created this gear guide for new climbers heading to the gym. We’ve taken our past experiences into account and are recommending pieces of gear that will have longevity […]