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New Climbers: Seven Avoidable Mistakes
1. Climbing with bent, strained arms
Muscling through moves with bent arms may provide slightly more power in some circumstances, but bent and strained arms are the primary cause of getting pumped (forearms swelling from exhaustion) for new climbers.
Try this: focus on keeping your arms straight as you climb with your weight hanging down to apply natural pressure onto the handholds. Additionally, when feeling tired, position your body in an orientation that allows you to straighten your arms and shake them out in an alternating fashion.
Hey, that’s me. I wrote this! Critique is welcomed with open arms.
I am not a designer. However, making a dirtbag-esque ad for our friends over at Dirtbag Climbers felt suiting.
Each chalk bag by Ambatana Threads is handmade with the help of refugee women from Iraq and Kenya residing in Salt Lake City, UT.
View Ambatana’s Shop to see more, and all items currently ship free.
We are excited to introduce our Community Shops, which are aimed at showcasing small climbing brands. Fynd Fredum is one of our first Community Shops, featuring hand-sewn and custom designed chalk bags, as well as bandanas and sweatpants (the sweatpants have used climbing rope drawstrings … which is pretty awesome!). See all of the Fynd Fredum products at mojagear.com/fyndfredum
Personally, I’m totally psyched for this Community Shop program. If you know of small climbing brands that are looking for an additional channel to showcase and sell their products, please let them know about MOJA!
Personal Thoughts: Winter OR 2014
OR is massive. And it’s weird too.
There’s a mix of professional athletes, savvy business-folk, anti-business dirtbags, unnecessary consumerist gimmicks, and environmental alliances. There were a few brands I believed in, but most I simply couldn’t connect with. Do we really need a gimmicky light-up zipline, or another water bottle?
Being a 22-year-old with a young startup that’s just getting off the ground can be a bit intimidating. Most people have been in the industry for ten or more years, and a new company at OR means less than seven.
MOJA Gear has been going for less than seven months.
It was exciting to meet the founder of Metollius. I spoke with Chris Sharma for a couple minutes, and even handed him a business card while sharing the mission of MOJA Gear—that was cool.
Walking away from the event I was left with a mix of emotions. Is OR really all that great? Or is it simply a meeting spot for people to exploit outdoor sports and lifestyles? Looking through the New Product Showcase I felt a bit discouraged.
My emotions leaving were mixed, but I did depart with a few certainties:
- There is a drastic need for greater social and environmental responsibility within outdoor business.
- The industry isn’t as friendly as the crag.
- I’d like MOJA Gear to be the most responsible retailer. Not a responsible retailer, but the most responsible retailer. This means making connections with our supporters—being real people on the other end of the computer screen. It means stocking products we believe in. It means encouraging customers to only buy what they need, donating with each sale, and it means to always put the mission of MOJA Gear, Inspring Life, first in everything we do.
Thanks to those who have taken the time to read this. MOJA Gear is always looking for involvement, and right now we’re looking for help from writers. If you write well, please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Climbing Books for Sale
We’re putting together our shop (MOJA Gear) piece by piece, scrapping money together to buy a bit more inventory. We just got some climbing books in and you can check them out here.
- Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills
- Rock Climbing Anchors: A Comprehensive Guide
- Rock Climbing: Mastering Basic Skills
- Alpine Climbing: Techniques to Take You Higher
- Climbing Self-Rescue: Improvising Solutions for Serious Situations
We have a coupon, climbmoja, which is valid until 1/22/14 at 11:59pm. This will save you 20% on anything in our shop. We’re also offering free shipping on all orders for just a wee bit longer. Thanks!
Andy, Sara (http://sarainthesierras.tumblr.com/) and I have been working hard to get this live. Thanks for the support!
DMM Wallnuts are an international passive pro favorite. For new trad climbers, consider treating these as the core of your rack and then gradually build outward with cams and other types of protection. A coupon is floating around (cough, cough, try entering BETAMOJALOVE at checkout…), but this coupon won’t be lasting much longer.
Honestly, these are my favorite pieces on my rack.
Story of the Mexican Fisherman
As I pursue my personal career endeavors, it’s important to be reminded of this simple story which reminds us to stay humble, grounded, and with our priorities in check. It’s well worth the read…
An executive from America was standing at the pier of a Mexican village, taking a much needed vacation. It was his first in more than 10 years. He noticed a small boat with just one fisherman had docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The executive complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.
The Mexican replied, “only a little while.”
The executive then asked, “why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?”
The Mexican replied, “I have enough to support my family for a little while.”
The executive then asked, “but what do you do with the rest of your time?”
The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, and stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life.”
The executive scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats, and eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise.”
The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”
To which the American replied, “15-20 years.”
“But what then?”
The American laughed and said that’s the best part. “When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions.”
“Millions… Then what?”
The American said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”