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8 Things You Need to Start Climbing

8 Things You Need to Start Climbing

December 26, 2019

  Some folks start climbing as campers, students, or as guests of climber friends – but what do you need to start climbing? Fear not – Philly’s own Tufas Boulder Lounge is here to tackle that question in this week’s OnSight and give you the rundown on how to get started at a climbing gym! […]

Bouldering Basics: Climbing Gym Etiquette

Bouldering Basics: Climbing Gym Etiquette

December 4, 2019

Climbing Gym Etiquette is pretty much the same as table manners: try to keep things as clean as possible and be considerate of the people climbing around you. In this edition of On Sight we’re going to talk about one of the most contentious questions in climbing (aside from grading) and that is Climbing Gym […]

Bouldering Basics: How to Choose Climbing Shoes

Bouldering Basics: How to Choose Climbing Shoes

November 20, 2019

Whether you find yourself on bouldering pads or tied-in to a top-rope climb, buying your first pair of climbing shoes and buying your tenth pair of climbing shoes can be a remarkably similar experience. When buying a climbing shoe there are a number of key factors to look out for. Since climbing has a number […]

Send Global: R. Syracuse and the Mind-Body Connection

Send Global: R. Syracuse and the Mind-Body Connection

October 18, 2019

‘My understanding of myself as a climber is inseparable to me from my transgender identity.’   Editor’s Note: As a bouldering-only climbing gym in Philadelphia, Tufas Boulder Lounge knows a thing or two about loving the ones in your community. Our new Send Global series is the platform for all those amazing folks who make […]

Anniversary Competition Summary

Anniversary Competition Summary

September 18, 2019

On Saturday, September 14th, athletes triumphed over some of the toughest and most exciting problems on the East Coast for our anniversary competitions! Sydney McNair and Joey Jansen were two of the several talented setters of our USAC Rust Belt Youth Regional comp and our Tufas Tufurious Citizen’s Comp! With over two hundred people in […]

Send Global: Climbing and Bouldering Gyms in Amsterdam

Send Global: Climbing and Bouldering Gyms in Amsterdam

September 6, 2019

Welcome to Send Global—a blog dedicated to all things international about climbing and bouldering! This our second entry and is on the climbing and bouldering gyms in Amsterdam. If you’d like to read the first blog, click here! If you would like to submit a blog about your experiences with climbing abroad, message us here! […]

Send Global: International Perspectives on Climbing, or How Bouldering Changed My Life

Send Global: International Perspectives on Climbing, or How Bouldering Changed My Life

August 30, 2019

Climbing, bouldering, in particular, has been a godsend for me while abroad. Recently, during a six-hour layover in Zurich, I found myself tapping “climbing gyms near me” into my phone before the plane had taxied to our gate. Indoor bouldering is the rapidly growing sport of our time—it’s the next logical step, as the end […]

Bouldering Basics: How to Fall When Climbing

Bouldering Basics: How to Fall When Climbing

August 21, 2019

Bouldering is distinct from other kinds of climbing because there is no rope or harness to catch you if you fall. That means every time you fall while bouldering, you will hit the padding or the ground.

Bouldering Basics: Understanding Climbing Grades

Bouldering Basics: Understanding Climbing Grades

August 1, 2019

If you’ve been to a climbing gym in the US, chances are you have seen the Yosemite Decimal System (5.1-5.X) on the roped climbing routes and the Vermin (V0-VX) grades on the bouldering problems. In this edition of On Sight, we’ll demystify climbing grades, and take a closer look at how a subjective sport like […]

Bouldering Basics: Climbing Footwork

Bouldering Basics: Climbing Footwork

July 2, 2019

Climbing is a diverse sport. It’s one verb for the swinging of ice axes in frosty Ouray Ice Park, CO, and using the warm Mediterranean as your bouldering pad in Majorca, Spain. There is a universal aspect to climbing, whether it’s ice climbing or deep-water soloing, and that’s the value of footwork. Welcome to On […]