17 episodes

Join host Kevin Riley for in-depth interviews with the pillars of the rock-climbing community. We’ll be speaking with athletes, writers and photographers, industry VIPS, and, of course, the Climbing editorial staff to discuss breaking news and the pressing issues of the day. Whether you’re an elite alpinist, a recreational sport climber, a die-hard trad climber, or a vFun boulderer—this podcast is for you.

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    • 4.5, 2 Ratings

Join host Kevin Riley for in-depth interviews with the pillars of the rock-climbing community. We’ll be speaking with athletes, writers and photographers, industry VIPS, and, of course, the Climbing editorial staff to discuss breaking news and the pressing issues of the day. Whether you’re an elite alpinist, a recreational sport climber, a die-hard trad climber, or a vFun boulderer—this podcast is for you.

    Mark Synnott Believes in Making Life Difficult

    Mark Synnott Believes in Making Life Difficult

    Mark Synnott is a legendary climber, a phenomenal writer, and actually a former Climbing Magazine intern and contributing editor. Mark recounts his early days learning to climb in New Hampshire using a clothesline, his time dirtbagging in Yosemite, moving onto expedition climbing, and his life as a writer. Mark's latest book is The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life. It recounts Honnold's iconic El Cap free solo while weaving in stories from Mark's own life. The Impossible Climb is available now. This episode is presented by Mystery Ranch. Music by Small Houses.
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Rob Pizem Talks Unaweep Canyon

    Rob Pizem Talks Unaweep Canyon

    Unaweep Canyon is a climbing destination just south of Grand Junction, Colorado, with sweeping granite walls for miles. Yet, it doesn't get much traffic. Rob Pizem wrote a feature about Unaweep for the October/November issue of Climbing Magazine. We caught up with Rob to talk about Unaweep, the first ascent potential in the area, what it's like to be a climber in Grand Junction, his training, and what he's been up to lately. Presented by Mystery Ranch. Music by Small Houses.
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    • 34 min
    Lander Climbing and Training Boards

    Lander Climbing and Training Boards

    Interview: Kyle Vassilopoulos is a climber and restauranteur in Lander, Wyoming. We sat down with Kyle during the International Climbers Festival to talk about the Ten Sleep controversy, how he became the co-owner of the legendary Cowfish restaurant in Lander, and why Lander is such a great place to call home for climbers. Plus, climbing editors Matt Samet and James Lucas talk home walls and training boards, doing a deep dive on the MoonBoard, Tension Board, and Kilter Board. Presented by Mystery Ranch. Music by Small Houses: http://smallhouses.band/
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    • 1 hr
    The Photo Annual

    The Photo Annual

    Climbing editor Matt Samet and host Kevin Riley talk about the 2019 Photo Annual issue of Climbing Magazine, on newsstands now, and discuss Matt's recent Crusty Corner column about red tagging. Then we interview Levi Harrell about the highs and lows of being a pro photographer in such a crowded marketplace. We also discuss photo editing, equipment, social media, and provide some tips for the budding photographers out there. Levi also shares a story about a trad climbing ground fall he took while on assignment in China. Presented by Evolv. Music by Small Houses: http://smallhouses.band/
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    Interviews: Anton Krupicka and Chris Schulte

    Interviews: Anton Krupicka and Chris Schulte

    Anton Krupicka came across an injured Kyle Walker during one of his runs in the Flatirons. Walker had fallen while free soloing the Second Flatiron and captured the ordeal on video, which went viral. We spoke to Krupicka about the accident. Also, a conversation with Chris Schulte about alpine bouldering, what inspires him to put up FAs, and how he got into climbing in the first place. Presented by Evolv. Music by Small Houses: http://smallhouses.band/
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Epic Issue with Matt Samet, James Lucas, and Elaina Arenz

    The Epic Issue with Matt Samet, James Lucas, and Elaina Arenz

    Three stories from the June/July 2019 Epic Survival Tales issue of Climbing Magazine. Editor Matt Samet shares the story of his biggest epic. James Lucas explains why he believes you should never bring your pet to the crag. And Kevin Riley talks to Elaina Arenz about the challenges of being a female mountain guide. Presented by Evolv. Music by Small Houses: http://smallhouses.band/
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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

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2 Ratings

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Generally good, but some concerns...

First, I really love the podcast and Climbing magazine more generally, and think they both contribute valuable and important content for the climbing world. It's been a pleasure to listen to this on my commutes to school, and provides me with plenty of psyche to continue getting out there and after it.

Although all of this remains true, I was slightly disappointed by components of the most recent episode with Mark discussing his book. I think that overall it was a very compelling and insightful interview, one which further developed my understanding and appreciation of his book, and I remain thankful for this. My concern, however, comes regarding the way in which some of the critiques of the book were handled, specifically regarding the review in The New York Times.

The review, which I think to be largely favourable, speaks critically and with - warranted, I think - concern of the manner in which Mark writes about women in the book, which often and lamentably refers to them in terms that borders the chauvinistic, and which in any case seems to settle for little more than descriptors of their physcial appearance and percieved attractiveness by the author. The male gaze, in more cursory terms. \
This strikes me as a very valid criticism, and one which I was disappointed at being hastily brushed aside, and atrributed to someone simply having an "axe to grind".

I think this totally glosses over the issue of the inherent (and often all-too-toxic) masculine nature of sport and sport writing, and which often under-represents the voices, accomplishments and importance of women and non-binary folks in these communities. That our author can - in this very podcast, no less - speak with hostility towards the often egotistical and alpha-male tendencies that so often are present in the climbing world while at the same time be (seemingly) oblivious to the ways in which he is reproducing those behaviours and mindsets is particularily informative of the deep-seated nature of such issues within out community, which, as radical and alternative as it may seems, still no doubt reflects the inequalities and tendencies of more mainstream culture.

In any case, I still will listen reguarily and with excitement to the podcast, and Mark remains an inspiring figure in my own climbing life, but I hope that in the future there can be more critical engagements with such discourses, and that we ca work on representation and inclusion in our wonderful vertical community.

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