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Chris Summit (sporting the styley mullet) on Are You Experienced (V10)...
Chris Summit (sporting the styley mullet) on Are You Experienced (V10).
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Chris Summit

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Chris Summit Yes it’s his real name. A Northern California native he started climbing and bouldering at his local North Bay crags about 1989. Since then he has authored many first ascents of sport and traditional climbs as well as many new boulder problems all over Nor Cal. He has also authored a total of 7 guidebooks on climbing and bouldering. He self published his first guidebooks for his local crags Mt St Helena and the popular Wine Country Rocks. More recently, for SuperTopo, he authored Bay Area Bouldering, Northern California Bouldering, Tuolumne Bouldering and Bay Area Top Ropes. He also authored, with Tom Slater and Maximus Press, the massive California Road-trip Northern California. Chris has bouldered V10, sport climbed 5.13 and has led multi-pitch traditional style crack climbs but his specialty is finding and climbing new rocks in uncharted areas and establishing first ascents to share with the world. He also loves teaching climbers of all ages and skill levels about the many benefits of indoor climbing and the infinite and priceless rewards of climbing in the great outdoors.

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Best Bouldering Crash Pad of 2022

Best Bouldering Crash Pad of 2022

Looking for a new pad? This review examines the best 12 models on the market to help you find the right model for your needs and environment. Our expert testers carried, climbed, and...
Five Ten Dragon

Five Ten Dragon

If you're looking for some lightweight and sensitive send machines that excel at technical footwork, the Dragon could be your secret weapon. This downturned shoe rock on steep sport...
Mad Rock Mad Pad
Best Buy

Mad Rock Mad Pad

If you want a crash pad to cushion falls and don't need any frills then the Mad Rock Mad Pad will not let you down. It has some of the thickest foam of any pad we tested and is one of the...
Mad Rock R3
Top Pick

Mad Rock R3

The best pad we tested for conforming to lumpy landings and for packing gear. It is also one of the best pads for steep low-ball falls on your backside. This pad is very well made and...
Black Diamond Positron

Black Diamond Positron

[tip]Product Recall: February 2016 Positron straight gate 210153 / 210261 and bent gate 210154 were recalled by Black Diamond in February of 2016. If you believe that you might own any of...
Evolv Pontas 2

Evolv Pontas 2

The Evolv Pontas 2 is a revised version of the first Pontas designed by Chris Sharma. The main additions are a third Velcro strap and a thicker rand in the toe. The sole is the same 4.2mm...
Tenaya Oasi

Tenaya Oasi

A fairly new rock climbing shoe company Tenaya comes out swinging with the worlds hardest/first 5.15a flash by Alex Megos in the Oasi! A "flash" means that he did one of the hardest...
Evolv Nexxo

Evolv Nexxo

This ultra high performance shoe is the newest design in the Chris Sharma Series from Evolv. Evolv says it represents "a new way of approaching how we build shoes". The aggressive...
Petzl Alto

Petzl Alto

This is a great pad, with great foam for falls and some convenient features and design attributes. It's also expensive compared to the
Asana Hero Highball Pad

Asana Hero Highball Pad

The new edition of the Asana Hero Highball has a hinge that I don't think is an improvement over the older taco style bouldering pad. Some people may prefer the hinge, but not me. They...
Metolius Boss Hogg

Metolius Boss Hogg

The Metolius Boss Hogg comes with a few things not found on any other crash pads we tested: an added foam layer covering the angled hinge we call an "angled hybrid hinge", car upholstery...
Five Ten Anasazi Lace-Up Pink

Five Ten Anasazi Lace-Up Pink

"The Pinkies" are back! I actually bought a pair of the originals to save for slab emergencies when I heard they were discontinuing them many years ago. I still have them saved for just...
Wild Country Nitro Quickdraw

Wild Country Nitro Quickdraw

The Wild Country Nitro is one of the best values in a sport climbing draw. It is also one of the lightest full-sized quickdraws, but is narrowly beat out in weight by the full-sized CAMP...
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