All Things Climbing
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Welcome to Blister’s weekly climbing podcast. I’m Dave Alie, the climbing editor at Blister, and host of All Things Climbing. Like most climbers, I was immediately smitten by the sport when I first found it. But in the years since, the community and culture the surrounds climbing has proved itself to be as interesting and influential in shaping my life as the actual climbing itself. For so many of us, it’s the reason climbing makes the leap from fun hobby to all-consuming lifestyle obsession. This show is about that community and culture. We’ll cover major events, prominent trends in the sport, gear and equipment, and the individuals that make climbing’s community so colorful.
||CleanJonathan Siegrist, Part 2 (Ep.5)||This week we’re picking up where we left off with Jonathan Siegrist, who’s been at the top of American rock climbing for over a decade. Over that time, he has watched the sport change and grow dramatically, and he’s spent a lot of time reflecting on those changes and his own relationship with the sport. In this episode, we get a little deeper into his thoughts on the up-and-coming generation; his time on the Dawn Wall with Tommy Caldwell; what role “adventure” plays in climbing; and how we can shape the future of the sport in a positive way. Topics: Changes in the new generation of climbers (1:00)Climbing and adventurism (6:00)Why Jonathan is primarily known as a sport climber (10:40)Jonathan’s time with Tommy Caldwell on the Dawn Wall (13:00)Adam Ondra’s fast repeat of the Dawn Wall (16:20)What separates Adam from other climbers (21:00)How the climbing community can improve (25:30)||2/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJonathan Siegrist, Part I (Ep.4)||This is the first half of our conversation with professional rock climber Jonathan Siegrist. Jonathan is one of America's most psyched climbers. After years spent climbing full time, he has an impressive resume of hard ticks, both on bolts and gear. He also has a deep enthusiasm for the sport, its history, and his fellow climbers. We covered a lot of ground, so we broke the conversation into two parts. Topics: Jonathan's entrance into the climbing (6:45)Origin of his nickname JSTAR (8:50)Life in Vegas (12:50)Red Rocks, Smith Rock, The Gunks and other crags (25:10)How Jonathan’s goals have changed over time (29:50)Why Jonathan was obsessed with climbing “old” routes (32:05)Impact of gyms and technology on climbing (39:50)Differences in the new generation of hard climbers (45:07)||2/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMajor Trends in Climbing Shoes (Ep.3)||Dave and Luke Alie headed to Outdoor Retailer's first trade show in Denver to get the details on the biggest news in and updates to rock shoes for 2018. We talk to Black Diamond product designer, Kasey Jarvis, about all the decisions and details that went into their brand new line of climbing shoes. Then we have an in-depth discussion about shoe technology and how it’s being put to use in SCARPA’s newest shoes with Mark Busby, the climbing manager for SCARPA North America. Topics and Times: Black Diamond Why get into the climbing shoe game? (1:25)What was the internal conversation like at BD about a guiding philosophy for the shoe line? (4:50)What are each of these shoes about and what sort of design elements have they incorporated? (7:25)SCARPA What does SCARPA have coming out in the second half of 2018? (10:45)Shaping and tensioning that distinguishes different families of shoes (15:12)How should we choose between SCARPA's most aggressive shoes? (17:05)What's the deal with the new Instinct VSR? Some notes on sticky rubber (20:44)||2/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBarbara Zangerl (Ep.2)||We talk to Barbara Zangerl about her recent send of Magic Mushroom on El Cap with Jacopo Larcher — the first repeat of the route since it was freed by Tommy Caldwell and Justen Sjong. We also discuss how climbing culture is different in Europe, and how she found herself free climbing grade VI big walls after initially being focused exclusively on bouldering.||1/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHazel Findlay (Ep.1)||UK-based climber Hazel Findlay kicks off the show with a conversation about her recent (and impressive) send of the Salathe wall on El Cap, managing the demands of being filmed/photographed on the wall, and an insightful article she authored this past summer on big-brand sponsorship finally finding the climbing community.||1/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing: All Things Climbing||My name is Dave Alie, I'm the climbing editor at Blister, and I'm here to let you know that we are launching a new weekly podcast called "All Things Climbing." Many of us were drawn to climbing because of the sport itself, only to find the community surrounding the sport to be at least as interesting, weird, and fun as the actual climbing. So we'll be keeping you up to date on the most interesting news, issues, and events coming out of the climbing world, from rock to ice to indoor climbing, on everything from boulders to big walls. from its early days on the counter-cultural fringe, climbing has absolutely exploded, and is currently undergoing profound and sweeping changes. This is a fascinating evolution that demands a closer look. We'll also be talking to designers and manufacturers about the gear we depend on, and we'll hear from the climbers and organizations that give the community its flavor.||12/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Great start for this new podcast!
Alie's creative questioning with Findlay covers a range of interesting aspects of the climbing world.