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Climbing Wall Holds

How I Make Climbing Holds

I have over 300 holds on my home climbing wall – crimpers, slopers, knobs, pinches, and buckets. But only 6 of my holds are commercial; the rest are homemade using wood, stone, or resin-sand mixture. I am by no means the ultimate authority on making holds. But for those considering making their own, I am […]

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Tuolumne Meadows

Clibming Tuolumne Meadows with Karl Baba ” The Bear”

A few weeks ago my friend, John, and I went climbing with Karl Baba “The Bear”. I have always wanted to climb some of the classics in the Meadows but have never had the nerve and general skill to get myself up those run-outs without crying for mom. I had been lurking the web when […]

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