Author: Jon Richard

Gym to Crag Class

How I Learned to Climb Real Rocks

By Shawn McDaniel  Climbing, for me, has become a way of life. After developing my skills in a gym for several years, I realized what I really wanted was to climb outside…on tall walls…on real rocks. But I had no idea what leading outdoors entailed, so my

Robinson Bluff

Unearthing Missouri’s Geology

Meet Erica Doerr, the geologist and rock climber who unearthed the geologic history of Robinson Bluff.   Vertical Voyages tree and rock climbing assistant Erica Doerr unearthed the geologic makings of Robinson Bluff. The popular Missouri climbing destination is located one hour and 500 million years from

Mussy Hooks

Know the Ropes: The Low Down on Lowering

Cleaning sport anchors is a critical skill for outdoor rock climbing. With the increase in the sport’s popularity, many climbing coalitions and climbing management plans have opted to modernize outdoor sport climbing anchors to a lower-off style, allowing climbers to simply clip in and be