Essentials of Rock Climbing Video Series: Tips, Explanations, Inspiration

Ideas & Advice / Rock Climbing

While rock climbing can be as aggressive or as low-key as you want it to be, there are certain essentials of rock climbing that are true for everyone from indoor gym rats to death defying free climbers. Earlier this year, we challenged Eastern Mountain Sports Brand Ambassador and professional climber Joe Kinder to break down the essentials of rock climbing into short, entertaining videos that give climbers of all ability levels some helpful information to use on their next climbing session.

Eleven videos and thousands of views later, Joe’s Essential of Rock Climbing Series has offered useful advice on everything from How to Use Climbing Chalk to Overlooked Items You Need While Climbing. Joe breaks down these topics as well as some technical moves like heel hooking and crimping on the Essentials of Rock Climbing with Joe Kinder playlist we created on our YouTube channel.

While the subject matter is varied in this video series, the one constant is Joe Kinder and his “Always Psyched” philosophy that shines through in every video he makes, including his most viewed video to date that asked a simple question to a bunch of different rock climbers: Why do you rock climb?

A Simple Question from EASTERN MOUNTAIN SPORTS on Vimeo.

If you’re wondering what qualifies Joe to be an authority on the sport of rock climbing, consider the fact that in addition to Eastern Mountain Sports, he is also sponsored by Petzl, LaSportiva, Sterling Rope, Gregory Packs and Smith Optics. Joe is an internationally recognized professional rock climber, respected not only for his talent on the rock, but his passion for the ethical practice and growth of the sport.

Joe Kinder's rock climbing talents landed him on the cover of the coveted photo annual edition of Climbing Magazine in 2010.

Joe Kinder’s rock climbing talents landed him on the cover of the coveted photo annual edition of Climbing Magazine in 2010.

Joe is every bit as excited about pushing his own limits as he is about bolting new climbing routes for future generations to push THEIR limits. “Bolting” is the process of drilling and setting climbing hardware into rock climbing routes that future climbers can safely clip into without setting their own gear. I underscored safely because safety is at the heart of everything Joe preaches about climbing and when it comes to bolting new routes, it’s a lesson he learned the hard way, but fortunately, not as hard as it could have been.

Over the years, I’ve come to personally and professionally appreciate Joe’s comfort and presence in front of the camera as well as his video shooting and editing skills behind the camera. It’s not easy to be relaxed, authoritative and sincere on video while producing cool short films that are both humorous and informative. Joe walks this line like a professional documentary filmmaker and I’m excited to see how far we can go with the Essentials of Rock Climbing Video Series and beyond. Not everyone can live Joe’s free-wheeling, globe-trotting lifestyle, but we can all benefit from his positive energy and encouragement to expand our personal comfort zones and try new things.

What rock climbing or outdoor adventure topic would YOU like to see Joe take on next?

Leave us a comment and we’ll see what we can do!



Jim Darroch

Jim's love for the outdoors began with family camping trips in "Brady Bunch" style canvas tents and progressed to backpacking adventures with the Boy Scouts. In 2007, he fulfilled his teenage dream by joining Eastern Mountain Sports as Brand Communications Manager. When he's not in the office, you'll find Jim kayaking, hiking, and mountain biking around the Monadnock Region and throughout New England with his wife Brenda and his dog Brewski.