Hi! I’m Arne Hendricks and this is my place where i talk and write about climbing stuff. As an avid climber and family man i love to be outside and spend the day climbing, camping and having a good time. On this blog i share all the things i learn about climbing, mountaineering and all-around outdoor things.
Important: Understand that rock climbing is a potentially dangerous activity. Regardless of any advice you may receive while using this or any other post on the internet, it’s your personal responsibility to make sure that you are fully trained to handle the great deal of risk involved in climbing and related activities. Be smart, and stay safe.
Climbers, if I’m being completely honest, we don’t have a reputation of being the cleanest, most well-groomed people on the planet. We spend days to weeks living out of a car or a tent, next to a mountain someplace, eating on the cheap to spend all our time doing what...read more
A strawberry is to a tomato, what indoor bouldering is to outdoor bouldering. I mean, sure, they’re both technically a fruit and both are usually pretty sweet— but does that mean that they both go well on a cheesecake? Oh please, no. Not again. My friend had a cake...read more
When I first started climbing, around 2 years ago (but who’s counting!?), I tried climbing every day, in every way I possibly could, on anything I possibly could. Climbing gyms, bouldering gyms, outdoor routes, — I was just slightly obsessed. Once climbing became a...read more
Climbing and bouldering are complex sports. I love this aspect, and it was one of the reasons why I fell in love with it. You can find tons of guides on the internet about how to warm up before you hit the walls or the boulder gym. Likewise, there are many articles...read more
Could Alex Honnold have climbed back down to escape the route? A quick overview of the lost art of down climbing.
The other day I watched Free Solo, Alex Honnold's movie, with a friend. In the middle of the film is a scene where he starts the ascent but then bails out when he reaches the Freerider slab-pitch. Slab routes can be a bitch, and you have to be confident about your...read more
Bouldering is a pretty minimalistic sport. In terms of gear requirements, it’s like climbings little brother. Wild and strong, always on the move but not with a lot of baggage. Typically people ask me if they really need climbing shoes when they start...read more
I was climbing in the gym the other day and one of my friends asked me, being a beginner if climbing pants were any good and had some benefits. So are there any real benefits from wearing pants like Prana or E9? It took me around 3 months to actually buy a pair and I...read more
I love camping, it’s the perfect combination of adventure and relaxing. I used to only go camping during spring and summer, but last year I started winter camping. It’s a little bit more advanced, you need to prepare better, but it’s really rewarding too. There’s...read more
Kids love to move around, and a lot of times they have more energy than their parents. Yes, you should definitely take your kids rock climbing and/or bouldering. It's great for developing general fitness, good balance and teaches them life values such as resiliency,...read more
Rock climbing needs strength and puts stress on the fingers and arms. Whether it is on natural rock formations or in the gym on artificial rock walls, sending a route requires you to be in very good shape with your whole body. You need to use arms and legs to balance...read more
I love bouldering, it’s the perfect training for hard climbs. If you want to become a stronger climber, doing more bouldering is the surefire bullet to do it. And you can do it in a gym during wintertime with your friends. Plus it’s a boatload of fun. Why does it...read more
Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned expert - if you climb you need to know your ropes. There are four essential rock climbing knots you definitely need to learn. Whenever I introduce friends and family to climbing a big part of is just showing them how to tie...read more
I believe that few activities come close to giving you a sense of liberation, freedom, and excitement like climbing does. I started to climb when I was in my early thirties, and I immediately fell in love with it. Climbing gave me an opportunity to break free...read more
So you just started out rock climbing in the gym and now you are hooked. After you took the first lessons you quickly became more confident. Now you are bored by top roping the beginner routes in your boulder gym. Maybe you already tried intermediate routes or even...read more
Rock climbing makes you physically and mentally stronger. And if you do keep doing it, it will also change your personality. There are aspects of it that directly translate to the rest of your life. See, rock climbing brings some skills into your life that you can use...read more
The question i get asked most often One of the first questions i get asked by friends and family members who i teach basics of rock climbing. It's a justified question that one: When people learn to climb, one of the first things to buy are usually shoes and...read more
I started climbing indoors two years ago, and when I transitioned to outdoors I felt unsure at first. This changed after I learned how to build basic anchors and was able to go top roping on my own with my buddy.I will tell you how to build a simple and tough top rope...read more
When i got into climbing i was overwhelmed with the vast knowledge needed to stay save. There are tons of nots and rope techniques to lear. And if you ask people out there you will get 12 different answers for the same question. Let me tell you one thing: There is no...read more