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There are more climbing-shoe companies out there than ever before

From the folks at Impact Route Setting, this video shows how they built a backyard bouldering wall

Alex Honnold and Black Diamond are out to make climbing iconic areas like El Cap and Devils Tower "a little bit more mellow"

Sending indoors can be fun. Here are our favorite tools.

Welcome to professional climber Cedar Wright’s Boulder gear shed, or, as he calls it, his “discombobulated junk show.” It’s also an adventure athlete’s paradise packed into a one-car garage that’s bursting with ice climbing, paragliding, big-wall climbing, and biking equipment stacked in neat—and not so neat—piles.

Most ice axes are made from metal—and for good reason. But last month, the geniuses at Furnace Industries launched their new wooden tool that’s as strong as it is pretty. While you may be tempted to just hang it over the fireplace, please don’t.

All you need to tackle unbolted routes.

Patagonia's Jenna Johnson is on a mission to get women into high-tech gear that can take on real adventures.

Lighten up your kit for faster ascents.

The Black Diamond pack that promises to set a new standard for avalanche survival gear

Scaling rock and ice in the winter is serious business. Bring the right stuff.

Five Ten’s Guide Tennie Canvas is a few ounces lighter than the original but every bit as capable on talus and techy trails.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Metolius Wood Grips Compact Training Board.