by: James Nurse


Lead climbing is what I love most about this sport. While climbing can primarily be described as an individual sport, there is almost nothing more important to a lead climber’s success than trusting their belayer. This trust allows the climber to focus 100% on their climb and to commit to those harder and scarier moves. On the flip side, the fastest way to erase that trust is to give your climber a hard catch or, even worse, spike them.

There are many tips, tricks and techniques that climbers learn and develop over the years to make themselves the best belayer possible in all scenarios.

Here are three tips to giving your climbing partner a soft catch.

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by: Riley Meyer


The climbing approach, the trail or walk in to the base of an outdoor rock climb, can be a weird concept for newer climbers who have learned in a gym setting. I’ve heard from some that it can be intimidating climbing outside the gym because there is so much more you need to know and it can take some time before you can get there. But approaching the crag is one of my favorite parts of any excursion.

Growing up I spent a lot of time outdoors and hiking with the Boy Scouts. There were so many different hikes and trips throughout Big Basin, Yosemite and a lot of Tuolumne. I saw the trail as my challenge and I took my time to enjoy what each trail had to offer–it was my prize.

Often we had a destination or peak we hiked to and we considered that a bonus, but it was the whole experience that I reveled in. The fresh air, wildlife, smell of the trees, all of it culminated into this great adventure every time.

As soon as I began climbing, something changed. My goal became the topout, the send, the flash, whatever you prefer to call it, but my mindset shifted.

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by: Ashley Van Dyne – Sunnyvale Yoga Manager


You make it to a yoga class. You’re laying down at the end and you’re ready to relax in Savasana, the last resting pose.  As you settle in, the teacher tells you in their softest and most reassuring voice to let go, to surrender.

And you do.  For about 3 seconds.  Then the stream of thoughts begins:

…What am I supposed to be doing here?

…Do they have to drop those weights outside?

…How am I supposed to relax when that is happening?

…What should I have for dinner?

…Oh wait, I’m supposed to quieting my mind! Ok, peaceful mind, relax…and you do–for about 3 seconds before the parade of thoughts begins again.

Sound familiar? If so, you are not alone.

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