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Man’s Best Climbing Partner: What to look for in a good crag dog

I am a dog lover. I have been one since the day I was born, way before I ever actually owned my first dog — a hyperactive, hyper-intelligent Schipperke (look it up) named Nikki whose boundless energy was outmatched only by how infectiously excited she was about everything. I never took her to the crag, though —as much as I …

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When Handmade goes Renegade: The weirdest climbing-related items on Etsy

Etsy — the sort of marketplace only made possible through the invention of the internet —  combines eager crafters with niche audiences for their oddball handicrafts. I’ll come clean, I used Etsy once when in a pinch for a clever birthday gift. I found something cute, classy, and endlessly useful, which the recipient promptly displayed on their mantel. Among the …

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Other blogs to follow: Climbing edition

Hello, hopefully now loyal Action in Solitude readers! I want to thank each and every one of you for visiting our site, and helping us along on our slow but steady growth process. At a time like this, it seems like the last thing I would want to do would be send you into the loving arms of other blogs, …

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Gettin’ techy with it: 6 of the most useful climbing apps

For better or for worse, technology has implanted its way into our everyday lives. We can access weather at the swipe of a finger, stock stats with a simple click, and email by shouting into our lenseless space glasses. Anywho, you can either embrace technology, or join the legions of old people who think Google is a real person and …

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Bouldering in the Lights at 24HHH, presented by Princeton Tec

Did you miss the 24HHH registration or planning on going for the amazing boulder fields? We’ve got you covered. On Friday, September 26th, 2014 we’ll be hosting the 1st Annual Bouldering in the Lights, presented by Princeton Tec. Starting at 10pm we’ll have a free concert by Small Houses (www.smallhousessing.com), then an open climb at the Idaho Boulders. Classic problems of …

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“Are you a gym rat?” in five easy steps

Whether we’re willing to admit it or not, a lot of us are confined to climbing indoors; imprisoned to the air-conditioned; to pulling on polyurethane. I’m a gym rat, I know it, but climbing on plastic is better to me than not climbing at all. Some of us (namely those who don’t live in Texas) are more fortunate, however, and …

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How to be rude and have everyone at the wall hate you: A Tutorial

I had the great fortune of going to Horseshoe Canyon Ranch this weekend, to climb and generally forget my responsibilities for a couple days. The place was hopping — climbers, hikers and boy scouts alike had all headed out there for the weekend to spend some quality time in the wilderness. I don’t mind sharing the crag with a lot …

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