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The Rocky Talkie Blog

In this comprehensive guide on how to stay safe while rock climbing, Michael Levy outlines the necessary communication essentials while weaving an exhilarating narrative of his alpine adventures through Peru.
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When Felipe Tapia Nordenflycht mentioned an interest in route development, his friends threw him into the deep end. The team ultimately established a huge new 5.11+ in Zion—but not without some fits and starts.
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This summer, a hiker fell 30 feet, dislocating his femur and tearing open a major artery. Quick action from the Organ Mountain Technical Rescue Squad allowed rescuers to pull off a complicated extraction from a desert ravine—just in the nick of time.
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When Mike Marr’s ski hit a submerged rock and failed to release, he was left immobile and in excruciating pain on the slopes of Colorado’s highest mountain. Just as night fell, Lake County Search and Rescue arrived to begin a complex winter rescue on skis.
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In one of the most involved rescues in Summit County history, volunteers hauled a patient over a ridge and more than 1,500 vertical feet through remote, loose mountain terrain—all just ahead of a looming winter storm.
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For skiers, early winter brings the stoke—but not necessarily the snow. Regardless of conditions, the early season has its charm. 
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This summer, Avi Ruben was climbing a steep couloir when he slipped, started sliding—and realized he had no idea how to self-arrest. Just as panic set in, he heard his radio come to life: It was his partner, giving him step-by-step instructions.

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Give the rock climber in your life the perfect gift this holiday season. Of all the good gear out there, these are our top 10 favorites.
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On June 29, 2020, Taylor Gibler fell about 30 feet into a crevasse while descending Mt. Baker. 

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Even after years of first-hand experience, it’s hard for Don Bowie to believe just how harsh winter in the Himalaya can be. High winds scour the mountains of snow, leaving behind rock and bulletproof ice. Temperatures regularly drop to -50 degrees—as low as -80 with wind chill.
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Kaspar Podgorski should have died. Instead, he was left with a broken femur at the base of a cliff with wet, technical fourth-class terrain separating him from the road. A team of volunteer climbers and rescuers rallied together to get him out.
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On July 2, 2020, Zach Eiten survived a sudden torrent of rockfall while climbing Montana's Granite Peak. He was left stranded with a broken foot, over ten miles from the trailhead and with storms on their way.
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