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Celebrating the Centennial: Clymb Stories from Our National Parks

Hon­or­ing America’s National Parks, with some Clymb sto­ries from time spent in the parks.

On August 25th of this year the National Park Ser­vice will offi­cially cel­e­brate its 100th birth­day, mean­ing it’s been about 100 years since Woodrow Wil­son cre­ated the NPS, and well over 100 years since Ulysses S. Grant made Yel­low­stone arguably the first national park on the planet. Since then the National Parks have grown to be con­sid­ered one of America’s “Best Ideas,” and are respected glob­ally for their feats in con­ser­va­tion, his­toric preser­va­tion. and of course, adven­ture. In honor of “America’s Best Idea,”



Behind the Scenes With Black Diamond

We sat down with Black Dia­mond to get a behind the scenes look at what it’s like to work for the iconic brand, what’s helped them main­tain author­ity in the indus­try, and more.

Kolin Pow­ick has been the Cat­e­gory Direc­tor at Black Dia­mond for 14 years and the Direc­tor of Qual­ity for 11. Hav­ing climbed for over a quar­ter of a cen­tury, he does every­thing from sport, trad, ice and alpine, to moun­taineer­ing, though he claims to be an expert at none of the above. We sat down with him to get a behind the scenes look at Black Dia­mond. The Clymb: What’s your favorite thing about work­ing at Black Dia­mond? Kolin Pow­ick: Being a part of a



The Miracle Of Our National Parks

Walt Whit­man splashes cold water across your senses.

Walt Whit­man first pub­lished the poem, Mir­a­cles, in July of 1855. This is before the Civil War, before west­ward expan­sion, and before the Amer­i­can con­gress estab­lished a National Park sys­tem; yet, Whitman’s words from another cen­tury ring as true today as they did back then. O.A.R.S. has teamed with Spo­ken­Verse to cre­ate this dra­matic read­ing of Whitman’s incred­i­ble poem to cel­e­brate National Park Week. Read over scenes from some of our most famous national parks like Yel­low­stone, the Tetons, and the



Your Pre-Season Ski Workout to Rip this Winter

Yes, we’re halfway to win­ter. Per­haps more than half way in some places, and it’s time to get seri­ous about work­ing out.

Ari­zona, the Col­orado Front Range, and Utah are basi­cally on fire and it’s unre­lent­ing. But that’s not stop­ping pow­der hounds from dream­ing of fresh white, hot choco­late, and rip­ping through beau­ti­ful ter­rain. Yes, we’re halfway to win­ter. Per­haps more than half way in some places, and it’s time to get seri­ous about work­ing out. No doubt, you’ve prob­a­bly been moun­tain bik­ing, hik­ing, and maybe some climb­ing mixed in there, but there’s always more that can be done to ensure you’re


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Gear Love

The Outdoors and Sustainability: How to Buy Green Gear

Pur­chas­ing respon­si­bly, leav­ing less of an envi­ron­men­tal foot­print, and pro­mot­ing sus­tain­abil­ity are all hard things to do in today’s out­door indus­try, here’s how you can help.

For out­door lovers, pur­chas­ing gear can be a tricky and even eth­i­cal dilemma. You want it, you might even need it, but you’re also aware enough to know that all gear comes with an envi­ron­men­tal price tag. So how can you pur­chase respon­si­bly, leave less of an envi­ron­men­tal foot­print, pro­mote sus­tain­abil­ity, and still get the qual­ity items you need? Read on to explore your options. Items Made from Recy­cled Mate­ri­als More and more out­door brands are using every­thing from plas­tic water-bottles to


Altra Product Testimonial: The Ultimate PCT Shoe

The PCT is no easy under­tak­ing and often times the biggest prob­lems peo­ple face on the trail revolve around footwear, friend of the Clymb, Dean P. gives some insight into how his Altras helped him on his way.

“The Pacific Crest Trail is not a triv­ial under­tak­ing. Walk­ing 2650 miles at 20+ miles per day for 148 days takes a toll on your body, espe­cially when your body is 64 years old. When I set out on the PCT, I knew it would be tough, but I learned quickly that the first thing that will take most peo­ple off the trail early is feet prob­lems. I started my hike in a pair of softer trail shoes think­ing the extra cush­ion would give


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