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Night Climbing the Next Big Thing?

on Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:31

In a segment of Reel Rock 7 entitled Honnold 3.0 the world was introduced to night climbing.  The critical scenes of Alex Honnold soloing the Nose of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley with nothing but the stars to guide him inspired many climbers.  After watching the segment, most people come away thinking, "God I want to climb at night.  It's fun.  It's safe.  It's a no brainer!"

Though a fringe sport prior to the movie's release, night climbing has exploded onto the global stage as a major new sport.  Recently, Wetpup dipped his toes into the sea of headlamp-lit technical climbing.

Gear Review: My old 'smart' phone

on Mon, 05/12/2014 - 23:02

It's easy to get psyched when a box full of test gear arrives at your doorstep.  "What'll it be today, boys?" might be your first thought.  Upon opening the surprise often fades to disappointment at the realization you've been had by a company making subpar products and touting them as "low price, great quality!"  But then there are the rare times when a piece of gear arrives that completely changes your perspective on "what a (fill in the blank) can do."

About 16 months ago Verizon sent me  the newest version of their "Motorola Droid Smart Phone" line of products.

Raining? You Might Need a Flowchart.

on Sun, 05/11/2014 - 02:11

Is it raining?  Are you bored?  Then you may be in need of a flowchart!

But which flowchart do you need right now?  With the growing demand and popularity of river-like-charts on climbing blogs and elsewhere, you may be feeling a little lost.  That's why Wetpup Media has developed a "Flowchart for Flowcharts" Flowchart.  In mere minutes after navigating it, you'll be ready to proceed to another flowchart that is specific to your needs as an individual.  Good luck, and please let the rain stop soon...


A Flowchart for Flowcharts!

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RC Racer Ban in Rifle Mountain Park Rests on Legal "Greasy Sloper"

on Wed, 05/07/2014 - 21:44
The Municipality of Rifle, CO announced Friday it was banning RC racers from Rifle Mountain Park, citing as reasons everything from wilderness protection to climbers' safety. But the legal precedent for the regulation, which carries up to 18 months in jail and a $25,000 fine, doesn't even apply to RC Racers, according to experts.
No one argues that the bucolic setting of the park has remainded unchanged by the dozens of RC racers whizzing under the feet of climbers and local hikers.

Access Alert: Hogwarts Castle Buildering Moratorium

on Wed, 04/30/2014 - 22:39

After a rigorous study and extensive hearings, the Wizengamot handed down its verdict to place on hold until further notice any buildering on the grounds of Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.  This decision stands for all students, visitors and staff of the much-heralded school.

Hogwarts has been under increasing scrutiny for allowing buildering on its grounds as more and more participants in the budding sport climb the school's exterior.