Bouldering in Boone, NC

The western part of North Carolina has some great bouldering and rock climbing spots. The rugged Appalachian Mountains are old and weathered compared to the Sierra’s or the Rocky’s, but they are still home to rocks suitable for climbers of any skill level.

Check out this video of climbers conquering a couple V10s just outside of Boone, North Carolina.

Scared of Heights, But Want To Climb?

Are you scared of heights, but want to try rock climbing? Tackling a fear is all about mind over matter and desensitizing yourself to the fear. It can take a long time to be 100% rid of your fear of heights, but basically you need to start by thinking positive. Flood your mind with positive thoughts about what you’re doing – this is a strong rock, my footing is solid, I’m prepared for this, you’re doing well, etc. Don’t tell yourself “OMG this rock is going to crack!”

Once you have positive thinking down, it’s time to desensitize yourself to heights. Practice going just a little bit higher every time you’re out. Go slow and don’t try to rush anything. Just take one step upward each day and eventually you’ll reach the top.

Of course, if you want to be a climber and can’t rid yourself of a fear of heights, why not try bouldering? There are boulders for all different climbing skill levels and you can hang just a few feet off the ground.

5 Reasons Why No One Climbs With You

You’ve heard ‘It Takes Two To Tango’ … well, it also takes two to climb – unless you’re Dan Osman. But most of us need a climbing partner… someone to work the ropes with, someone to share the long rides with and someone to share the thrill with. If you’ve been rock climbing a long time you likely have that core group of climbing friends who scale the rock with you in every opportunity.

But what if you start noticing that your core group of climbing buddies have stopped inviting you out? What if they start climbing without you? Or maybe you could never find a climbing partner to begin with? What could cause a climbing partner to not want to climb with you any more?

In today’s post we’ll look at 5 Reasons Why No One Climbs With You

1. You Don’t Belay
No one wants to climb with someone if they don’t take turns belaying. If you refuse to belay or maybe don’t belay as much as your partner does for you then that will cause tension and result in your partner packing up and moving on.

2. You’re Too Competitive
It always feels good to be first, but sometimes climbing isn’t about who can do it first or who can do it the fastest. Sometimes it’s about just enjoying yourself in nature. If you always make it a competition you’re partner will find someone else to chill with.

3. You Complain
“I can’t make that climb” … “It’s too hot” … “I don’t want to take that route” … “My legs hurt” … “My arms hurt” – does any of this sound like you? No one likes a complainer, especially when climbing. Climbers need to be optimistic and encouraging. We need to always look on the bright side. If you complain while on the mounta you could lose your climbing partners and be left alone.

4. You Never Offer to Drive
Don’t mooch off your climbing buddies – offer to share the driving responsibilities. Some of us have to drive hours to reach a good climb so it’s important to not always make the same person drive every time.

5. You’re A Newb
Sorry to tell you this, but if you’re a newb (or suck) then some of your partners might bail on you and find new friends to climb with. You have to be able to keep up with the group. Try work on your climbing technique and skills at a local gym.

We’d love to hear some of the other reasons why no one wants to climb with you. What can you think of? Submit a comment and let us know.

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5 Unique Uses For A Carabiner

When you think of a carabiner you likely are picturing that little piece of life saving equipment. It’s small, lightweight and inexpensive… yet can save our lives time and time again. Carabiners are widely used in sports requiring ropework, such as rock climbing, slacklining, caving, and canyoning. But they can also be used in so many different outdoor activities (attaching your water bottle to a backpack while hiking) and situations around the house.

In today’s post let’s take a look at 5 Unique Uses For a Carabiner:

1. A heavy duty key chain
2. Self defense – think brass knuckles
3. Carrying bags
4. Coat hanger in your car
5. Dog leash attachment

I’ve always thought pictures do a better job at describing the message I’m trying to get across, so check these out:

Do you have any unique uses for carabiners that are not listed here? We’d love to hear about them. Please post a comment and let us know.

Enjoy rock climbing? Shop a great selection of t-shirts and hoodies with carabiners on them, including this Quickdraw Carabiner T-shirt.