Author Bio

BJ Sbarra

BJ Sbarra

BJ Sbarra is a climber, route developer and guidebook author who lives in Carbondale, Colo., with his wife Tracy and dog Thunderpup. He coauthored the local climbing guidebook and has established around 150 first ascents in the Roaring Fork Valley. You can read more of his writing at He and his wife have been REI members since 1997.

Stories by BJ Sbarra...
A rock climber wears a helmet while belaying another climber.

Why I Always Wear My Climbing Helmet

When my wife and I first started dating, we picked up nicknames pretty quickly: Captain Safety and Sketchmo. Captain Safety always checked people’s knots, almos...