All Things Climbing

Merlin Rock Gear's Erick Davidson on Blister's All Things Climbing Podcast

Making Homemade Cams: Erick Davidson of Merlin Rock Gear (Ep.20)

Merlin Rock Gear makes the best cams you’ve never heard of — they aren’t sold in stores or online, and they don’t even have a website. Engineer Erick Davidson designs and builds extra-large format cams at home, trimming weight and introducing clever design elements to raise the bar significantly for large cams. We talk about his design improvements and how he convinced himself that they were safe to use in the real world.

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Climbing The Nose - All Things Climbing Podcast

What’s it like to climb The Nose? (Ep.18)

What’s it like to climb The Nose? Is it really as “easy” as people say? And what level of experience is required to have a reasonable chance of topping out? Our host of All Things Climbing and his wife Katie report on their recent trip up the world’s most iconic rock climb.

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Justin Brown, founder of Rhino Skins Solutions on Blister's All Things Climbing podcast

Rhino Skin Solutions founder, Justin Brown (Ep.17)

Justin Brown is the founder of Rhino Skin Solutions. He’s also a board member of the Smith Rock Group, and a 5.14 climber. We talk about starting Rhino Skin, why climbers need to be leaders in land management, and why belaying just might be the sport of the future.

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Matt Pincus of TrainingBeta on Blister's All Things Climbing Podcast

Matt Pincus of TrainingBeta (Ep.16)

Matt Pincus is the head coach/trainer at TrainingBeta, and he has a strong resume both as a coach and a climber. We talk to Matt about balancing his climbing goals with full-time work; the most important lessons he’s learned as a coach and trainer; and some of the key things most of us get wrong when it comes to progressing.

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Alex Honnold & Maury Birdwell talk about Alex's free solo of El Capitan and the Honnold Foundation on Blister's All Things Climbing Podcast

Alex Honnold & Maury Birdwell on the Honnold Foundation and filming Free Solo (Ep.15)

Alex Honnold is arguably the best and certainly the boldest climber in a generation, with a mind-bending free solo ascent of El Cap, and an unbelievable speed record on The Nose in under two hours. In this episode, we sat down with Alex and Maury Birdwell to talk about what may be an even more impressive accomplishment: the Honnold Foundation. (And, of course, we sneak in some talk about climbing, too.)

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Bolt Restrictions, Hardware Committees, and Threatened Access on Blister's All Things Climbing Podcast

Bolt Restrictions, Hardware Committees, and Threatened Access (Ep.14)

Climbing is growing — really fast. At some crags around the country, that means that our impact has also been growing, which has forced the critical question of how best to manage the increased traffic on public lands. So today we’re talking about best practices, controversial approaches, and how climbing culture could be affected if oversight from outside of the climbing community becomes the new norm.

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Nik Berry on Blister's All Things Climbing Podcast

Nik Berry (Ep.13)

Nik Berry is pushing the boundaries of his sport in a direction that many climbers aren’t even looking: his skill and composure on hard and scary trad routes fuel an obsession with freeing big aid lines and seeking out adventurous climbing. In this episode, we talk about his recent stellar season in Yosemite and how he balances a career with all that hard climbing.

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John Sherman on Blister's All Things Climbing Podcast

John “Verm” Sherman (Ep.12)

John Sherman, one of the godfathers of modern bouldering, discusses the major ways in which the climbing scene has changed since his day; how and why he became a dedicated conservationist; making peace with the changing ethics and arrival of crowds; and much more.

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American Alpine Club CEO, Phil Powers, on Blister's All Things Climbing Podcast

American Alpine Club CEO, Phil Powers (Ep.11)

We talk to Phil Powers, CEO of the American Alpine Club, about his own relationship to climbing (including summiting K2); the mission of the AAC and why it’s so important; the decision to give Alex Honnold the AAC’s Underhill Award; and much more.

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