Why Do I Choose CAMP Products?

I have been a CAMP athlete for over TEN years now and in that time I have never thought about leaving. Why?

  1. Because in that time I have become a part of the family. I am not just saying that, because when you learn how its been run by the same family for over 125 years and get to know the owners personally and get to know the designers personally, you become attached to their passion for the product and the brand.
  2. Because I don’t like to carry more than I have to. CAMP products from harnesses to carabiners are the lightest and easiest to use in the world. Whether I am bigwalling or sport climbing, I know that I don’t have to carry extra weight. My personal favorites are the photon wires. These carabiners are easy to clip and plenty big for sport draws, trad racks and even work wonderfully in the cold! The harness system that prevents twisting of the belay carabiner is a simple but perfect way to solve the twisting problems during the belay process.  http://vimeo.com/59671003
  3. Loyalty. Simply put, they want to support me and my climbing and teaching as much as I want to support them with spreading the word about their great products. It is a situation where I don’t just use the equipment but where I believe in it. I will always be loyal to CAMP.
  4. Because with age comes wisdom and a desire to be the best. At 125 years old and supporting it’s small mountain community in Premana, Italy CAMP wants nothing more than to make its family proud of its product. If you ever get a chance to visit the HQ, it will change how you think about climbing companies.

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CAMP, made for the big mountains, the small mountains and everything in between!

Training Poll

 

The reason that I ask this question is that it has always made me wonder why some people are at the gym. Some folks have climbed for 20 years and have never improved, some folks attend regularly but never really climb, while others are getting after it all the time.

I can say that for me the gym is a place where I work and train. I use it specifically to address my weaknesses and to develop a high level of fitness. It is hard to just go do some routes without a particular focus, it is hard to boulder a couple problems with no particular reason. The joy that I get is when I am outside and climbing and realize that my indoor time has allowed me to reach my personal potential outside. I analyze where I need work while outside and then focus on those areas while inside. For me the gym is best described as a tool and I would rather not be there unless I am able to do that.

For others though the social part of the gym is the reason to go. To see who is there and talk to whomever is climbing next to you. Climbing is certainly a social beast, but I head to less populated areas because I am not looking for that all the time.

What are your thoughts?

No matter what the reason, I am glad that you are climbing and having fun with it!

Rob Pizem,  Zion NP, UT

Smith Rock Craggin Classic Sposored by the AAC and CAMP

A few weeks ago I was invited to teach how to offwidth to the visitors of Smith Rock during an American Alpine Club community building event.

The events are called Craggin Classics and are meant to bring climbers together for clinics, climbing, and conservation.

It was a great time where I had the chance to work with climbers who wanted to learn basic traditional climbing skills and some that wanted a little bit of offwidth technique. We headed out to the basalt crack climbing area near the river and enjoyed a perfect day out. We placed gear, built anchors, talked safety and planning and climbed some too!

Don’t be afraid of these events! They are great fun and you get a super deal on the clinics. Whatever people paid (no more than 50$) the kind of training and one on one attention that you get during these clinics would cost you over a hundred bucks through anyone else.

I love sharing my experiences with other climbers and tips that make life easier on the wall. Whether it is gear beta or how to approach a long day. I wish that there were events like this bringing climbers together when I started climbing 20 years ago. It would have helped me a lot, as I had to learn the hard way to get to where I am today. (where ever that is, HA)

Get outside and have some fun!

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