Entries by Elaina Arenz

Alana Chapko | Guide – Chicks Climbing

“The mountains don’t care who you are or what you look like, only that you give them every ounce of your strength.” Alana Chapko, preferably called Lani, grew up in Seattle, Washington with the North Cascades as a backdrop, then moved to California to pursue an engineering degree at Harvey Mudd College. Between classes and […]

How Rock Climbing Relates To Ice Climbing

Rock climbing relates to ice climbing in many different ways. The following 4 tips will get you into the swing of things – from rock climbing to ice climbing. Rock Climbing Relates to Ice Climbing when you Relax Your Grip Rock climbing relates to ice climbing in that you don’t want to over grip. In […]

Black Diamond Snaggletooth Crampon | Gear We Use

What’s the best all-around crampon? When it comes to choosing crampons the first question you need to ask yourself is what kind of terrain or climbing objective do I want them for? Technical ice climbing Mixed climbing Alpine climbing All of the above If you chose D, or all of the above, then sit tight […]

You Can Do All Of The Things!

“You can do ALL of the things. You can do ALL of the things.” Fresh out of our Rifle, CO clinic, I repeat, “You can do all of the things!” At Rifle, a group of rad women learned new skills and discovered strengths (and muscles) they never knew existed. “You can do all of the […]

Osprey Ultralight Dry Sack | Gear We Use | Rock Climbing

I just discovered that my guy “borrowed” my Osprey Ultralight Dry Sacks for his expedition to Pakistan! Now, not only have I lost my summer cragging partner, I’ve lost my trusty, adventure ditty bags! Osprey Ultralight Dry Sacks (I call them ditty bags) have a roll down closure and a snap buckle so you can […]

Alpine Butterfly Knot

The Alpine Butterfly Knot is primarily used to create an attachment point to the middle of a climbing rope in alpine or glaciated terrain. However, for rock climbing the alpine butterfly knot is also great for isolating a bad section of rope and using the rope for the anchor. The reason why an Alpine Butterfly […]

Mentors | The Climbing Fast Track

Which is more important, what, how or why? I was lucky to have a mentor when I started climbing. His name was Seiji (Say-Gee) and he was a co-worker when I was in college. Seiji took pity on me for not having a life. I worked, I went to school and I partied. Work, study, […]