Great weekend out on our local rocks. These high school grad kids were working it hard and learned some useful crack climbing techniques. Stick your hand in – thumb down and up. It was easier said than done. Our smooth Mission Gorge granite certainly helped with pain management. Good job guys

Great weekend out on our local rocks. These high school grad kids were working it hard and learned some useful crack climbing techniques. Stick your hand in - thumb down and up. It was easier said than done. Our smooth Mission Gorge granite certainly helped with pain management. Good job guys


More beach climbing please… summer is hot and sometimes it gets tricky to find the right spot. We seemed to have found the right one here. Blue skies blue seas, solid rock and the best adventure buddy you can ask for @briahnna_music

More beach climbing please... summer is hot and sometimes it gets tricky to find the right spot. We seemed to have found the right one here. Blue skies blue seas, solid rock and the best adventure buddy you can ask for @briahnna_music


More rock scrambling in Cabo. This never gets old. Feeling the rock and the ocean's power at the same time creates such a blissful moment. We could not have asked for better times… we kept going and going until we ran out of rock.

More rock scrambling in Cabo. This never gets old. Feeling the rock and the ocean's power at the same time creates such a blissful moment. We could not have asked for better times... we kept going and going until we ran out of rock.


Top rope climbing San Diego

Top Rope climbing San Diego.

Top rope climbing San Diego. TR is the most basic form of roped climbing. TR indicates that there is always an anchor above the climber. The rope runs through the anchor at the top of the climb and thus provides maximum safety for the climber. When using a TR it is the belayer’s responsibility to maintain light tension on the climber at all times. Tension guarantees that a slipping or resting climber will be stopped right where the slip happens or rest gets initiated – without falling. In order to safely use a TR setup (as often used in rock gyms) there are two skills required. 1. Tying a figure 8 knot follow through. 2. Belaying.

Top rope climbing San Diego

Typical TR climbing scenarios. Belayer is on the ground making sure that climber has tension on the rope. Anchor point is above the climber at all times.

Top rope climbing San Diego

Tying a figure eight not follow through. This is a very basic skill in top rope rock climbing San Diego. The figure eight knot follow through is the most common used knot for attaching the climber to the rope. It is fairly simple to tie, holds a heavy load and is easy to visually inspect when tied correctly.

Figure 8 knot

Complete figure 8 follow through knot. Tied through both tie in loops of the harness. Rope creates a tight loop through both tie in points (no larger than a fist). Knot itself is well dressed and nowhere crossed. The tail end of the knot is at least 2 hand widths long and no longer than 4 hand widths – the perfect figure 8 knot!

There are three criteria that make up a nice and neat knot – useful for top rope climbing San Diego

• The actual knot shall be dressed and tightened (no crossing of individual strands)
• The loop between knot and both tie in points of the harness shall be no larger than a fist.
• The tail end exiting the figure eight knot shall be no shorter than two stacked fists and no longer than four fists.

It is quite a challenge to tie a figure eight knot follow through that lives up to the above mentioned 3 criteria. Here are three tips that help you to get better at tying nice and neat figure 8 follow through knots:

1. Be quick with adjusting the tail end of your first single figure 8 knot. Eventually you can adjust the length (shorter or longer) even after having fiddled the tail end through both tie in points. Once you get good at adjusting the length, you will create tight loops (smaller than a fist) and tail ends between 2 and 4 fist length
2. Push the rope aside and follow the tight side of the rope (see pictures)
3. Loosely follow the entire knot before tightening each of the 4 individual strands at the very end

Finger pointing at wide spot

Find the tight spot to follow

Follow along the tight spot

 

Keep loosely following the initial 8 before tightening

 

Pull on each of the 4 strands individually in order to tighten the figure eight knot


Focus and Fun! @briahnna_music on her way to lovers beach. Waves were crushing and water was splashing on our long traverse along the sea cliffs. Cabo really impressed us with its beauty and opportunities to venture out on these stunning granite rocks that are sprinkled all over its coastline.

Focus and Fun! @briahnna_music on her way to lovers beach. Waves were crushing and water was splashing on our long traverse along the sea cliffs. Cabo really impressed us with its beauty and opportunities to venture out on these stunning granite rocks that are sprinkled all over its coastline.


We learned its ok to back off. The spire in front would have been the ultimate summit on our Baja trip – a 50 foot needle sticking out of the sea in Cabo San Lucas. The ocean was powerful and ready to toss anyone around who would have dared taking the swim over to the sea urchins covered base of the spire. For our ego it can be hard to back off but it feels smart! Smart decisions keep us alive. Thats when climbing is fun. Here dreaming of more summits. Climb safe everybody!

We learned its ok to back off. The spire in front would have been the ultimate summit on our Baja trip - a 50 foot needle sticking out of the sea in Cabo San Lucas. The ocean was powerful and ready to toss anyone around who would have dared taking the swim over to the sea urchins covered base of the spire. For our ego it can be hard to back off but it feels smart! Smart decisions keep us alive. Thats when climbing is fun. Here dreaming of more summits. Climb safe everybody!


Ready? Partner check and Go. We learned way more than a few climbing moves! Trusting yourself and your partner. Communicating fear and doubt. Asking for help. Many things that most of us are hesitant to open up to in many life situations. Mother Nature provides a great playground to us with the opportunity to practice all this. Thanks everyone for the empowerment. No matter if we reached the top on our climbs or not… we were all strongly elevated. ⛰

Ready? Partner check and Go. We learned way more than a few climbing moves! Trusting yourself and your partner. Communicating fear and doubt. Asking for help. Many things that most of us are hesitant to open up to in many life situations. Mother Nature provides a great playground to us with the opportunity to practice all this. Thanks everyone for the empowerment. No matter if we reached the top on our climbs or not... we were all strongly elevated. ⛰


Don't be afraid of what you can't see around the corner. Be curious and remember that you will never find out until you go look for it. Kudos to our high school grad boys who crushed it yesterday to celebrate a new chapter of their lifes. Here is Devon making moves into the unknown.

Don't be afraid of what you can't see around the corner. Be curious and remember that you will never find out until you go look for it. Kudos to our high school grad boys who crushed it yesterday to celebrate a new chapter of their lifes. Here is Devon making moves into the unknown.


Let's start them young! Here is Lexi learning how to use a top rope setup belaying her sister. It is amazing how empowering a simple and yet highly responsible task can be. We surely had a a lot of challenges to tackle and were rewarded by great views. Thanks for coming out.

Let's start them young! Here is Lexi learning how to use a top rope  setup belaying her sister. It is amazing how empowering a simple and yet highly responsible task can be. We surely had a a lot of challenges to tackle and were rewarded by great views. Thanks for coming out.