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. You will find reviews, guides, tips and tricks here and more.
Keep in mind, i am not a pro climber, and not every post here is about hardcore climbing stuff – i like to do thought experiments etc., and sometimes it will result in me writing an “odd” post, which does not really fall into a category. An example is my post about Alex Honnolds movie Free Solo, i was curious how and if he would be able to climb down on such an attempt, did some research and wrote the post.
Rock climbing is exciting to watch and do, but if you haven't really begun and watched it for the first time, it can also be a little intimidating to watch. I know that many friends I have were initially shy about going to a gym and starting to learn rock climbing in...read more
No matter if you sport climb or trad climb, quickdraws are one of the essentials. Finding good quickdraws can be quite hard, and especially when you are a beginner it's hard to find quickdraws with good value for the money. Our Skylotec ClipZ Basic Quickdraws review...read more
Our Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐🗆 - 4/5 Price: $89.00 Manufacturer: Prana Pros: Look very good, can be worn to work, material stretches just right, durable, comfortable with deep pockets Cons: No good insulation when wet, ventilation sub-par, no closable pocket, sizing off The...read more
I want to talk about the basics today. Basics as in basics of bouldering foot placement. It's one of the most underrated aspects for many beginners. When people start with bouldering, they usually focus on their hands only. If you're rested and fresh, nailing a route...read more
Not many other pieces of hardware are so crucial for climbing like the carabiner. No matter if you tie into your harness, build an anchor or connect safety devices for belaying or rappelling - carabiners are use everywhere. They are the one piece of metal in climbing,...read more
Climbing shoes are one of the essential climber gears. That is why you need to make sure you buy the best pair for your style of climbing. On the other hand, with tons of different styles of climbing shoes available to select from, it can be overwhelming to choose the...read more
If you talk about climbing and secrets to become good, one of the surprising things good climbers speak about a lot is skin. It seems that the condition of skin makes a big difference when climbing, which makes sense. It's your main contact point to the rock (together...read more
How many falls can a climbing rope take? Short answer: A typical ISO approved climbing rope can take a minimum of 5 falls. But what is a fall according to the norm? There is a standardized way to test ropes for falling safety, and I will give you some more details in...read more
We put 16 of the best climbing and bouldering pants on the market through the wringer for 2020. Prana Stretch Zion (women's equal counterpart is the Prana Halle Pant) is our winner, closely followed by the AP pants of Mountain Hardware. We also included a low budget...read more
Most of the new routes you tackle need training, and if you try hard routes you will almost never climb the first try. Look at the pros when they redpoint climb a route (unsure what redpoint means, read my article), they almost seem the flow through the route. Precise...read more
Many pieces of equipment enhance your experience when rock climbing. Are belay glasses worth it? They totally are, they will help you reduce strain and tension in the neck, making belaying more comfortable while still keeping a keen eye on the climber. And that way,...read more
Want to send harder routes climbing? Tackle new problems when bouldering? Well, you need to know how to use your lower body, specifically how to edge. If you can place your feet properly, your arms will have less weight to hold, and finding the right position for your...read more
Climbing gyms are expensive, most charge more than 50$ per month for a monthly membership. And a day pass isn't cheap either with at least 10$ or more. So, it seems they must be a goldmine, right? I mean, if they have 1000 members, this means 60,000$ per month - WOW...read more
When I started climbing, I actually started with bouldering in a gym. I didn't know how to find a rock climbing mentor, and for that meant no outdoor bouldering, let alone rock climbing with a rope and harness. For me it felt like the safest way of starting and made...read more
Oh here we go again, how should climbing pants fit, or how I say: The endless struggle to find the perfect pair of climbing pants. Most people who start climbing focus way too much on their arms. But in reality, footwork and leg movement is one of the most essential...read more
Top rope climbing is a fantastic way to build confidence and learn new routes. While lead climbing pushes your limits, it's top rope where you will learn movement basics. Top rope climbing helps you to train specific techniques to a level where you can rely on them....read more
How can I protect my climbing rope? How to treat your climbing rope right! Climbing ropes are pretty durable and abrasion-resistant. Most of the time, you won’t have to worry about your climbing rope, as it can take beatings and rough treatment. But as it is a textile...read more
As much as I love rock climbing and bouldering, I used to get arm pumps pretty often. And I do try to go to the gym and boulder gym 2-3 times and climb on the weekend outside. But no matter, my arms pumped quickly, so at one point I decided I need to work on this. And...read more
Lots of people on reddit and climbing forums ask how to get started with mountaineering. I've been asked it several times too. There is a ton of info about mountaineering online and offline, but most of it is very specific and detailed. While the focus on one topic is...read more
Oh, the good old fingers. While there are some parts of the body which take a while to notice as important, every beginner knows that fingers are essential immediately — no feeling like hurting fingers and broken skin from a long climbing session after a break. As...read more