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3/1/10 03:14 pm - alzzag - Accordion Rock

  • Alexander Zagrebelny - accordion

  • Nickolay Limarenko - guitar

  • Ilya Basenko - bass

  • Artem Krochmal - drums

6/15/08 11:53 am - yours_lovingly - BRAND NEW Climbing Shoes up for grab!

My friend won both of these from a recent competition and it's not his size. Too big for him thus letting them go.
Quote your price!

1) Mammut Flame UK Size 10/ US Size 11 (Red/Black)


RED/BLACK Colour. Brand new never been worn before, won it in a climbing competition.
Selling because my size is much smaller than the provided size. Would really love to keep the pair to myself.

- Very precise & comfortable
- Good compromise between performance and comfort

It is extremely lightweight, thanks to the synthetic leather upper, which prevents the shoe from becoming over-stretched. The result is a perfect fit, supported by a midsole. Another practical feature of Flame is its rapid lacing.

The pair of climbing shoe makes for a decent climbing shoe on faces and pockets
It edges well because the rubber is a special mammut mix.

2) Mammut Grappler Velcro UK Size 9.5/ US Size 10.5 (Blue)

UK SIZE 9.5 / US SIZE 10.5

BLUE Colour. Brand new never been worn before, won it in a climbing competition.
Selling because my size is much smaller than the provided size. Would really love to keep the pair to myself.

- Very precise & comfortable
- Good compromise between performance and comfort

Velcro closure for easy entry & escape. State of the art velcro shoe for the most difficult climbing/bouldering routes!

Leave me a message if you're keen! :)

Or email me: yourslovingly.memento@gmai

5/24/08 06:20 pm - ryururu - International Adventurists' Club


5/7/08 03:47 pm - bella_poetessa - Looking for someone to take this community over

due to illness and lack of time I am unable to keep up with any of my communities. I am looking for someone to take this one over. Please msg me asap.



12/20/07 03:10 pm - foreword_motion - new!

Hey, guys. My name's Kaleigh and I'm new to the community. I've been climbing since February of this year, so I'll be achieving one-year status shortly. I'm much more savvy indoors because I'm from Gainesville, FL where it's quite obvious there is no rock climbing. I'm a V3/4ish/5.9ish indoor climber... I've climbed outdoors a few times. I took my first outdoor trip to the Stone Fort in Chattanooga, TN back in April and then I competed in all of the Triple Crown Bouldering Series which put me on rocks at Hound Ears (North Carolina), HP40 (Alabama), and again in Chatt. I sent 'These Feel Like Your Sisters' at the Stone Fort at Triple Crown which is my most esteemed achievement thus far-- not for its grade or difficulty but it's my favorite outdoor problem thus far and I worked really hard at sending it so it felt incredible to walk away from the comp. with that under my belt.

Anyway, that's my introduction. Here are some photos for shits&gigglesCollapse )

11/29/07 07:47 pm - kijjohnson - Keeping up my strength.

I broke my fibula and my ankle in two places when I was bouldering a couple of weeks ago, but none of it is too serious, thank god. I can't start rehab for a couple more weeks, but the rest of my body is losing its strength.

I can't get to the climbing gym or gym yet, and I can't put up a fingerboard because of the plaster walls in my place.

Any suggestions? I'll be able to drive starting sometime next week, which will open up my options.

11/22/07 08:59 am - timesofgrace - week after thanksgiving

is anyone going to be in HP40?

10/11/07 09:30 pm - ryururu - equipment:

could u write what equipement do i need to buy to (3 different lists):
1) rock climb in summer
2) ice climbing
3) alpinism

10/10/07 05:02 pm - kijjohnson - Long shot.

I heard something on public radio, but I don't know when or where, mentioning a book from the 1890s about climbing or climbing disasters before that period. Does anyone here have any idea what this was? I'm firing in the dark, I know.

5/31/07 08:27 pm - silvester10528 - gear advice sought

My son has been drooling over the Metolius 3/4 Finger Climbing Gloves, but I don't see a need for them as me climb exclusively indoors. Does anyone have any advice, input or opinions about these gloves or the use of gloves in general for indoor climbing??

4/19/07 01:29 pm - dagibbs - Climbing gym, belay partner - in/near Peoria, Illinois

[x-posted to: boulderers, climb_high, rock_climbing]

I'm being sent on business to Peoria, Illinois for next week (Mon April 23 - Friday April 28). I'd like to get out climbing for an evening or two. I've done top-roped climbing, but no lead-climbing. So,

Are there any climbing gyms in, or near, Peoria Illinois? Within an hour's drive or so?

Is there anyone who would be interested in meeting to climb for an evening at such a gym?

2/9/07 05:11 pm - timesofgrace - for sale

booty to bucks.

chalk bags left at local spots over the summer. i hold onto them for a while cause i know it sucks to lose stuff, but they're for sale now and there'll be more next week;

mad rock



10/31/06 10:01 am - fairyshaman - NY Times article: Todd Skinner, a Pioneer of Free Climbing, Dies at 47

It's so very sad, and a rude awakening to the community. Definitely makes me reflect on the condition of my gear.


Todd Skinner, a Pioneer of Free Climbing, Dies at 47
Bobby Model
Skinner in 1995 in Pakistan.

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Published: October 27, 2006
Todd Skinner, an internationally renowned rock climber who made first ascents on dozens of the world’s most treacherous routes and shared those adventures as a motivational speaker, died Monday after falling several hundred feet during a climb in Yosemite National Park in California. He was 47.

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Bobby Model
Todd Skinner, in 1998, climbing War and Poetry on Ulamertorsuaq in Greenland, a location of one of his first free ascents of a new route.
Park officials and his family announced his death. Mr. Skinner and his climbing partner, Jim Hewitt, had completed a first ascent of a route on Leaning Tower in the Yosemite Valley and were descending when the accident occurred. Yosemite officials were conducting an investigation yesterday.

Mr. Skinner emerged as a pioneering climber in the 1980s, espousing “free climbing” methods, in which no artificial instruments are used to advance on a climb; ropes and other equipment are used only as safety devices in case of a fall.

“The whole idea of bringing free climbing to big walls — nobody believed it could be done or that anyone would even try it,” said Steve Bechtel, a climber who accompanied Mr. Skinner on many expeditions. “He brought free climbing to the great ranges.”

Some of Mr. Skinner’s methods were controversial in the climbing community. The traditional protocol for climbing a route was to do it from the bottom to the peak without falling; if a climber fell and his ropes supported him, he was expected to return to the bottom and start over. But Mr. Skinner defied this approach. If he failed to execute a maneuver during a climb and fell, he would hang from his ropes before practicing the move several times and continuing the ascent, a tactic known as hangdogging.

“Todd would hangdog and retry the move until he learned it,” said Bobby Model, who joined Mr. Skinner on several international expeditions. “Lots of tactics he used in the ’80s now are accepted.”

In 1988, using only their hands and feet to move upward, Mr. Skinner and his longtime climbing partner, Paul Piana, completed the first free ascent of the 3,600-foot Salathé Wall on El Capitan in Yosemite, a seminal achievement in American climbing.

“He proved that it was possible to free climb El Capitan,” Mr. Model said. “Now it’s common.”

Perhaps Mr. Skinner’s most renowned feat was his team’s free ascent, in 1995, of the East face of Trango Tower, also known as Nameless Tower, a 4,700-foot rock face in the Karakoram Range of the Himalayas in Pakistan. No one had tried to free climb it before.

Mr. Skinner and three climbing partners from Wyoming — Mr. Model, Jeff Bechtel and Mike Lilygren — spent 60 days at more than 18,000 feet and reached the peak of about 20,500 feet. Mr. Skinner described the expedition in a cover story for National Geographic in 1996.

“We faced serious objective dangers — avalanches, rock falls, we were trapped in hanging tents for days at a time,” Mr. Model said.

Todd Richard Skinner grew up in Pinedale, Wyo., where his parents owned a hunting and outdoor guide camp. His father, Robert, was an avid climber.

Mr. Skinner gravitated to technical rock climbing while attending the University of Wyoming, where he earned a degree in finance. After leaving college, Mr. Skinner immediately began his life as a professional climber.

He lived in a tepee for months at a time during his early years of climbing. It allowed him to save money, and it enabled him to travel the world and live close to the rocks that he was trying to conquer.

“I realized that you had to live with the rock,” he told Outside Magazine in 2002. “That was the only way to fully comprehend and then test the boundaries. After awhile, I began to see the limits of possibility in different places and started searching. I didn’t have an apartment for seven years. I was looking for rock with a future.”

Mr. Skinner eventually made his home in Lander, Wyo., an international destination for climbers, and for several years he also lived part time near El Paso, near the entrance to Hueco Tanks State Historical Park, also a Mecca for climbers. His house at Hueco Tanks served as something of a commune for climbers from around the world.

Mr. Skinner claimed to have made 300 first ascents in nearly 30 countries, and he excelled in several styles of climbing, establishing a reputation as one of the most well-rounded climbers in the world.

In addition to giving motivational speeches, Mr. Skinner wrote “Beyond the Summit” (2003) and “Modern Rock Climbing” (1993), and appeared in several documentary films.

He is survived by his wife, Amy Whisler Skinner; their three children, Hannah, Jake and Sarah; his sister, Holly Skinner; his brother, Orion Skinner; and his father, Robert Skinner

8/7/06 02:59 pm - kijjohnson - Intercostal strains?

Anyone know anything about intercostal strains? I'm seeing a doctor tomorrow, but it looks as though that's what it's going to end up being.

How long am I going to be down? What can I do?


7/20/06 01:48 pm - bella_poetessa - Mountaineering Tragedy Claims Gear Tester

Backpacker gear tester Kristen Yoder, 21, was killed in a climbing accident during a June 2006 mountaineering expedition in Peru. Also killed in the accident were Yoder’s brother Dustin, 23, and Brennan Larson, 24. Kristen was a valued member of Backpacker’s gear testing team and recently contributed to the “Cheapskate Challenge” feature, Aug. ’06 and the Apparel Guide, Sept. ’06.

An accomplished climber, mountaineer and backpacker, Kristen was nearing
completion of an undergraduate degree at Northern Arizona University,
Flagstaff, in Parks and Recreation Management. She had excelled in a
rigorous, field-based outdoor leadership curriculum required for her degree and was a respected backpacking guide for the university’s outings program, NAU Outdoors. Kristen planned on becoming a wilderness guide after graduating and, according to her on-line resume, wanted to “teach and inspire children to enjoy the outdoors as much as I do.

The young, three member expedition was attempting to summit the
glacier-covered, 20,000-foot-tall Artesonraju mountain in the Andes’
Cordillera Blanca range. After reported missing, a search crew found the
bodies of the Yoder siblings and Larson at the bottom of a 100-foot deep
crevasse. Anecdotal reports from a Swiss climbing party indicate protection failure and/or an avalanche may have caused the three to fall while roped up and climbing an ice wall at 17,000 feet elevation.

“Kristen was a true outdoor explorer,” said chair of NAU’s Parks and
Recreation program Pam Foti. “She was so energetic and filled with life. Her enthusiasm was an inspiration to her fellow students.

A scholarship has been established in Kristen Yoder’s memory to help students in NAU’s Parks and Recreation program who want to become outdoor leaders. To contribute to the fund, make checks payable to “Yoder Outdoor Leader
Scholarship”; mail to Yoder Outdoor Leader Scholarship, Northern Arizona
University, PO Box 4094, Flagstaff, AZ 86011. For more information contact
Backpacker Southwest Editor Annette McGivney, amgivney@aol.com.

7/20/06 10:07 am - bella_poetessa - Lets get things started...

does anyone ever do any bouldering in Flagstaff? We've got some great places to do so.

Some questions for you all...

What is your favorite indoor gym and why?

What is your favorite rock climbing equipment?


Where is your favorite outdoors climbing spot and why?

6/15/06 03:58 pm - timesofgrace - any east coasters?

i'm going up to the gunks this friday, sunday, and next saturday - probably bouldering along the carriage road for the most part. any chance i'll see any of you up there? this doesn't seem like a real busy/tight knit lj community, but it's always interesting to meet up with new people.

also, i'm selling a khadejha women's shirt.

2/3/06 01:40 am - james_m_83 - A question for American climbers

Whats the deal with the whole medical insurance thing? In Great Britain we have a Free Mountain Rescue service and National Health Service, meaning the only insurance we might ever have to worry about is 3rd party liability (eg if you drop a karabiner on someones head); which The BMC provide on the cheap.

Do you let this sort of thing worry you when you go climbing?

sorry if this seems like a pointless post.

1/10/06 11:55 pm - xtearfultragedy - Introductory Post

Name: Stoney

Age: 17 years

Location: Near Bozeman, MT. USA

What Boulder Level You Climb At: V9-V10ish

What Level You Climb At: 5.12c on trad lead. 5.12d+ on sport.

How Long You've Been Climbing / Bouldering: 8ish years.

Home Crag: Roadside Rocks, New Rock, Spire Rock, Dragons Back, Mahogany Rock, Gallatin Tower, and Roadcut Rock.

Home Boulder Area: Whiskey Gulch

Favorite Climbing Area: Anywhere.

Favorite Bouldering Area: Whiskey Gulch, probably going to be HP40, and LRC by the end of this summer though, or possibly Bishop and J-Tree.

Name Some Climbing Areas You've Been To: Most any place in Montana.

Name Some Boulder Areas You've Been To: Peace Rocks, Whiskey Gulch, Spire Rock, Whitetail Rocks.

Place You'd Like To Climb: Yo, J-Tree, Norway, Alaska, Tibet, Patagonia, and Chile.

Place You'd Like To Go To Boulder: Bishop, HP40, LRC, J-Tree, and Hueco.

Any Routes On Your Tick List / Goals: Whatever I look at tommorrow besides my couple V11 projects. A 5.13b project called last dance and a 5.12d trad lead called Nuclear Energy.

Any Interesting Experiences: Lot's of funny aid climbing stories lol.

Any Pictures You'd Like To Post Of Yourself: http://www.geocities.com/thehalfpipe1/Climbing_Photos.htm
or http://www.geocities.com/thehalfpipe1/Photos.htm for my general photos.

If you would like to know anything else about me, I keep a fairly well updated profile at http://www.myspace.com/tragic_one

1/4/06 09:14 pm - lindyflash - visit this site for a worthy cause!

Save the Red River Gorge!

Click on Make a Donation, donate from the kindness of your soul, and help preserve this land for future generations. Not only for your local climber, but to save our precious land from being decimated. I have heard so many good things about the Red River Gorge, and cannot wait to climb there myself. Hopefully the 30K will be raised by the deadline in June, and I will be able to be there to celebrate with them!

Thank you!


x-posted to other communities! :)

1/3/06 11:13 am - silvester10528 - ABS Bouldering Comp

ABS is having a Regional Championship at GoVertical in Stamford, CT this Saturday (1/07/06)


12/6/05 05:16 pm - potomacstpope - Great Falls ACTION!!!!

Please all...regardless of yr area, let NPS know we need this. For those of us in the DC/Balto. area, its a vital part of our culture.


To: GreatFallsClimbers@yahoogroups.com
From: PotomacMountainClub <greatfallsaccess@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 14:25:18 -0500
Subject: [GreatFallsClimbers] Great Falls Email to get Comments

I've send this email to a bunch of email lists today to restart the
comments flowing - feel free to reuse for any individual lists you may

Simon Carr

*Public comments on the draft General Management Plan (GMP) for Great
Park, Virginia close December 15, 2005.*

This plan, once finalized and published, will guide the management
direction of Great Falls Park for the next 10-15 years.

* The draft GMP has very strong implications for local rock climbing.

* The National Park Service (NPS) preferred option would close three
areas for climbing and restrict access to a fourth area. The draft GMP
also proposes permits for climbing, permanent anchors and implies
possible further access restrictions.

*"Friends of Great Falls"* (*FOGF)* is a group of local climbers,
including members of the AAC and the Potomac Mountaineering Club, who
over the last three months have met on numerous occasions with NPS
staff. *FOGF* has researched extensively the various statements in the
draft plan concerning the impact of climbing on natural resources, the
justification proposed for many of the proposed changes. FOGF have
summarized the issues and their conclusions at

* *

*We need you to formally submit comments (preferably by email) to the
NPS before close of business, December 15*. To make this as easy as
possible, FOGF has prepared a list of points and an example of a letter

It is very important that all climbers respond, regardless of where you
presently reside in the world. If you live locally, please emphasize
the significance of the park as a local climbing area and the long
tradition of climbing there. If you reside outside the DC region,
emphasize the importance of Great Falls as an international climbing
point of interest.

If we are to convince the NPS to modify their proposals to something
more reasonable, we need climbers to comment - the more the better.

Again, don't procrastinate, go to
http://www.friendsofgreatfalls.com/comment.html and submit your comment
today � and copy these to greatfallsaccess@gmail.com

12/2/05 02:04 am - bella_poetessa

Poll #624972 Whats your favorite rock climbing magazine?

Whats your favorite rock climbing magazine?

Rock & Ice


anything else?

10/31/05 01:34 pm - silvester10528 - The Cliffs at Valhalla

This place ROCKS!!!

I have found a new love, and it's name is The Cliffs at Valhalla

I wandered around this place on Sunday and it is just to DIE for!!!

The ProShop was a little lean, but they actually had climbing related books on the shelf and not just gear! They had a respectable array of outdoor protection too. It might not rival EMS, but it was still darned nice.

They have a great bouldering area, not just a slaanted sides box that consumes the unused floor space...
The walls are really nice! A spire/buttress rises up out of the floor near one corner and meets the wall creating a great arch!
50 top rope belay stations!
Plenty of lead climbs!
I saw about 30 or 40 establisted and graded routes.
About 1/4 to 1/3 were 5.7 or below...
I saw a few 5.9's and 5.10's... wasn't really looking for anything harder.

I was just stunned!!

They have a seperate area for birthday parties so the kids and dis-interested parents are not under foot.

Getting fitness equipment too!

10/17/05 04:27 pm - timesofgrace - los angeles - indoor rock gyms

i'm visiting USC pretty soon and have been having trouble finding any indoor rock gyms in the area. i understand usc actually built one but no one has used it because of liability issues?

the two gyms i found that i think are in the area are rockreation and beach city rocks, but neither of their websites really have many good pictures of the gyms and personal opinions are always more valuable.

i'm really only interested in bouldering

thanksk for any help :)

p.s. if you know of any vegan restaraunts around gyms that would be nice information to have too
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