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Monday, June 20, 2016 - 9:43am Corey Hockett

The hype behind climbing lingo.

Like all outdoor sports, climbing has its own jargon, and the terminology can be overwhelming. If you’ve ever been around a climber or hung out at Spire, you know what I’m talking about. In a given exchange, enough superfluous vocabulary is thrown around that a non-climber might comprehend half, at most. If you’re new to the scene, good luck keeping up. But fear not—the loudmouth spouting every piece of slang in his lexicon was at one time just as confused as you, and just because he can talk the talk, doesn't mean he can send the rock.

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Monday, November 23, 2015 - 12:30pm David Tucker

Volunteering at the Ice Fest.

Whether you’re an ice-climbing newbie or have been climbing ice for decades, missing the Bozeman Ice Fest isn’t an option. But you’re injured, or you’re new to town, or you aren’t familiar with Hyalite. How can you enjoy the festivities? Have no fear, and volunteer.

 Bozeman Ice Fest

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Monday, November 16, 2015 - 3:58pm Colleen Winn

Spire's Full Gravity Day breakdown. 

The easy access to spectacular rock climbing in the Bozeman area makes our town a mecca of climbing culture, and that community was out in full force last Saturday for Spire Climbing Center’s 15th annual Full Gravity Day competition. The all-day bouldering event provided youth, beginner, and advanced athletes the opportunity to test their abilities in Bozeman’s recently expanded climbing gym.

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Monday, August 17, 2015 - 4:14pm Payson Partridge

A climbing film filled with emotion.

“Meru is the culmination of all I’ve done; and all I’ve wanted to do is this peak, and this climb.” –Conrad Anker

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Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 11:45am Kevin Kennedy

Winter climbing in southwest Montana.

Sometimes Montana’s winters aren’t as cold and snowy as we might like. In fact, the first week of February this year was almost 90 degrees warmer than last year's. So what's a guy to do when Bridger Bowl hasn’t reported snow in seven days, the current snowpack is melting, and the forecast looks warm and dry?

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Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:20am Dylan Jones

Breweries and boulders by bike.

My forearms are pumped and my heel hook is just off the mark. I slap my right hand up a few inches higher on a sloping sidepull. It’s decent, but sweat makes it a ticking time bomb. I judge the distance to the next crimp, followed by the big throw to the top. The only distance I can focus on, however, is that to my next pint. I pull the move, downclimb, and throw my shoes in my daypack before jumping back on my bike. It’s only a few miles to Bridger Brewing—the final stop on my Bozeman-breweries-and-boulders-by-bike tour.

Bozeman, bouldering, breweries
My boulder-hopping route

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 11:37am Morgan Solomon

A Chestnut climbing adventure gone wrong.

There are times in our lives when we look back at the bad luck we've had in the past and feel grateful—grateful that it wasn't worse, that we didn't end up in a wheelchair, or permantely bedridden, or even dead. Some supreme being has given us a wake-up call, a second chance. Whether or not we curb our reckless side and pay attention to our surroundings is up to each of us. Me, I choose to respect the dangers that Mother Nature throws at us. But I wasn't always so humble—not until my bad luck taught me a lesson while climbing at Chestnut Mountain.

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Friday, March 14, 2014 - 11:08am David Tucker

Service men and women reap the rewards of Montana's mountains.

Clinging to a rock wall with ice tools and crampons 30 feet above the ground, Demond Mullins lunges upward, swings his axe, and catches the route’s last hold. He pulls himself up to a comfortable position and catches his breath.

“That sucker kicked my ass last year,” Mullins calls down through a big grin, triumphant atop a particularly tricky line in Hyalite. Army veteran Samantha Tinsley belays, offering words of encouragement as other team members watch and cheer from below. 

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Monday, July 23, 2012 - 10:53am Dave Reuss

Never, ever go climbing with Drew Pogge.

I try to remember that—but every few months, he’ll trick me into it. He’s the Editor-at-Large here at O/B. Editors-at-Large don’t really ever have to work, so he’ll show up at the office every few months like that drug-addicted cousin who only calls you for bail money. The same cousin who just needs to crash on your couch for a few days until he gets things lined out. That guy.

When it comes to climbing, Drew waits just long enough for me to forget how awful the last experience was, and then he’ll call up and offer to buy the post-climb beers.

That last part always gets me.

Main Tower

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 1:18pm Anonymous

The screaming barfies: the sensation of your hands going numb, only to thaw so painfully that you want to scream and barf at the same time.

Prior to my first ice climbing experience, my only knowledge of the sport consisted of the basics: climbing on ice, freezing conditions, and the linguistic gem that is “the screaming barfies.” To say I was attracted to the idea would have earned someone a slap on the mouth. I’ve lived in snowy mountain villages my entire life and it’s taught me that being warm is more fun than being cold 83% of the time; translate this idea to the concept of climbing and needless to say my predisposition to the sport wasn’t favorable.

Approaching the Wall

As luck would have it, one of the editors here at O/B spends his winters ice climbing instead of tending to the eternal love affair between man and ski slope. Yes, I too thought this may be an early sign of dementia, but I admit now that I may have been wrong about him. Whether or not Dave is insane—he might on to something.

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