Breaking in another pair of climbing shoes! How small is too small?

A little over 2 weeks ago, I received a new pair of climbing shoes in the mail that only cost me $7.93 thanks to a $100 credit I had from TheClymb. After climbing in them for these past couple weeks, I can say, they are crushers! It was almost exactly two years ago that I … Continue reading

Breaking in a New Pair of Climbing Shoes

Breaking in a New Pair of Climbing Shoes For those of you who found this article because you are breaking a new pair of climbing shoes, that sucks. This is because you probably purchased you climbing shoes 1 to 2 sizes smaller than your street shoe expecting that the shoe will stretch to fit like a … Continue reading

Day 7; Climbing Progression and the Vertical Heaven Climbing Gym

Climbing Progression and Training for Climbing Climbing is definitely not a sport for the weak of heart. Although it is a great sport for everyone, progression in this sport is challenging and takes a lot of patience and effort. Not that I am expecting to be climbing like the burly mutant Chris Sharma, but I have been spending as … Continue reading

Day 5; Indoor Climbing when there is Rain and Snow in Paradise

Stormy Weather makes for an indoor Climbing Opportunity in Santa Barbara With the weather forecast telling us to expect somewhere around 6 inches of rain in Santa Barbara, any hopes of climbing outdoors this weekend were put on hold. Even with a forecast for the coming week predicting a few days of sunshine, it is … Continue reading

Day 4; Part 1: A Failed Rand Repair and Success with my La Sportiva Venoms

The Bad News – climbing shoe and rand repair So, with a little help from my fellow climbers at’s Gear Heads Forum I was able to put some ideas to the test in regards to repairing the Rand on my 5.10 Newtons. I was told some ideas for repairing my climbing shoes that included: 1. A … Continue reading

Get Back Into Rock Climbing?

Get back into rock climbing- that was the thought that went through my mind on the morning of February 4, 2011. It had been about 3 years since the last time I put climbing shoes on my feet and 5 years since I last climbed anything higher that a V3 and a 5.10. Man, I … Continue reading