A Guide to Climbing Balms

There are a lot of climbing balms on the market. If you are having a hard time figuring out the difference between some of the top brands, check out this guide to help select the best one!

This is Erick Barros and the rest of the Dirtbag Climbers gang. We actually just sat down for a beer with Erick Barros; because that’s just how MOJA Gear and Dirtbag Climbers does business. 
Meet the Maker
After a long leave of absence from climbing, founder Erick Barros returned to climbing 4 years ago and found himself again in need of a chalk bag. Erick says, “I just didn’t want to pay for a chalk bag so I decided I could just make one myself.” After making his first one with merely a needle and thread, a demand among his roommate and friends began developing. Before he knew it, he was making chalk bags.

read the rest of this article ➜  OR check out the chalk bags ➜

This is Erick Barros and the rest of the Dirtbag Climbers gang. We actually just sat down for a beer with Erick Barros; because that’s just how MOJA Gear and Dirtbag Climbers does business. 

Meet the Maker

After a long leave of absence from climbing, founder Erick Barros returned to climbing 4 years ago and found himself again in need of a chalk bag. Erick says, “I just didn’t want to pay for a chalk bag so I decided I could just make one myself.” After making his first one with merely a needle and thread, a demand among his roommate and friends began developing. Before he knew it, he was making chalk bags.

read the rest of this article ➜  OR check out the chalk bags ➜

rock climbing news of the week: July 13 - July 19:Felipe Camargo first ascent of Brazil’s Hardest Boulder: Fortaleza (V15)
V14 sends for Mirko Caballero (Golden Shower, Rocklands) and Sam Davis (Jade, RMNP)

Alex Megos establishes Et dieu créa la Flemme (5.14d) in Ceuse
V12 sends for Jule Wurm (Pura Vida, Magic Wood) and Alex Puccio (European Human Being and Secret Splendor, RMNP)
Cedric Lachat free ascent of Orabayu (8b+/8c MP) in Naranjo de Bulnes; partner, Nina Caprez, followed all but one pitch clean

rock climbing news of the week: July 13 - July 19:
Felipe Camargo first ascent of Brazil’s Hardest Boulder: Fortaleza (V15)

V14 sends for Mirko Caballero (Golden Shower, Rocklands) and Sam Davis (Jade, RMNP)

Alex Megos establishes Et dieu créa la Flemme (5.14d) in Ceuse

V12 sends for Jule Wurm (Pura Vida, Magic Wood) and Alex Puccio (European Human Being and Secret Splendor, RMNP)

Cedric Lachat free ascent of Orabayu (8b+/8c MP) in Naranjo de Bulnes; partner, Nina Caprez, followed all but one pitch clean

MOJA Gear is Hitting the Road!

MOJAMOBILE

Last summer I learned the hard way that, while tents are great, no amount of water resistance can prevent sogginess during a three day Squamish downpour.

Commence serious van envy.

While my partner and I were shivering in damp sleeping bags, van dwellers were tucked in their very warm, very dry, comfy beds. It was about this time that we decided van life was a necessity to our immediate future. One year later, our dreams are finally becoming a reality.

          We purchased a built out Sprinter from a rad climber/surfer named Phoenix. It comes perfectly tricked out with solar power, custom sound system, kitchen, roof rack, and too many other goodies to list. I’m freaking out just thinking about it.

The only problem is our dream home is currently located in North Carolina, 2,786 miles away. So, we’re off to the east coast to pick up the vansion and then breaking it in with a road trip across the country back to California.

          If anyone has a driveway we can park in or is crazy enough to meet up with us at the crag and attempt some climbing in south east conditions (we just can’t help but try … ) please shoot me an email at sara(at)mojagear(dot)com. This is our very tentative itinerary, but if anyone has beta to share, please let us know!  

Itinerary: 

July 19 - 20: Fayetteville, NC

July 21: Chattanooga, TN

July 22: Jaspar, AR

July 23: Ouachita National Forest

July 24 - 25: Albuquerque, NM

July 26: Grand Canyon

July 27 - 28: Temecula, CA

July 28 - 30: San Luis Obispo, CA

July 30 - 31: Sacramento, CAimage