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, 50 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 Interview

    Rob Pizem Interview

    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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    • 1 hr
    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

4.5 out of 5
50 Ratings

50 Ratings

Powerpete22! ,

Best climbing podcast

4 thumbs up! Thoughtful podcast with very informative interviews. Love it!

The double standard ,

Needs work

PLEASE. Do more homework before you interview some of your some of your subjects. So much of these episodes seem unpracticed, under confident, slapped together and generally give the impression that they were “good enough.” Lots of unnecessary things were kept in that don’t seem relevant to the overall interview and I’m sorry but if you preface the intended segment with “he really didn’t seem to want to talk about the topic” MAYBE you should have found a better way to frame it.

With all the talent out in the world I would have thought Climbing Magazine would have found someone more polished. I keep listening with the hope that practice and time will refine these interviews. The editing needs WORK.

Keep at it.

Jm485 ,

Miss the old format

When the podcast started it was about interviews and conversations with a variety of people in the climbing world. Unfortunately it was devolved into promoting each episode. :(

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