Review: Cypher Codex Climbing Shoe

Review: Cypher Codex Climbing Shoe

    When we were first asked to try out the Cypher Codex climbing shoe, we weren’t too familiar with the Cypher brand.  Based on their website, the U.S. based company makes a variety of climbing shoes, approach shoes and various climbing hardware.  The Codex was designed for steep climbing and thin edges, something I […]

Training with Justen Sjong, Part 2

Training with Justen Sjong, Part 2

There are a few things that every climber should do in his or her life. Climb El Cap (obviously). See a longterm climbing project to completion. Take a huge, unexpected whipper onto your trad gear. And schedule a 1-on-1 training session with “The Sensei”: Justen Sjong. Over the last three years, I’ve had two sessions […]

Joe Kinder:  “Training Works”

Joe Kinder: “Training Works”

On our first day at the Korea Wall, a Basque Country “local’s crag” that happens to be stacked with completely badass 30-meter resistance routes, it was hotter than a Tennessee hippie’s taint at Bonnaroo—and nearly as humid, too. Plus, everyone in my crew—Adam “Brams” Long, Lindsey Tjian and Joe Kinder—were all still feeling depleted from […]

Holy Lands

Holy Lands

Running through the Utah Hills, old Highway 91 winds from St. George, Utah, to Littlefield, Arizona. The old two-lane road, mostly abandoned in favor of I-15, is of central importance to climbers. The Utah Hills hold some of the best sport climbing in the U.S., with outcroppings of steep, bullet limestone dotting the desert landscape. […]