This article appeared in Rock and Ice issue 247 (January 2018).
I’ve always believed in getting the right tool for the job, yet I’ve never had a specific multi-pitch climbing harness—a choice I have questioned while fighting to get gear off overloaded gear loops. Therefore, as I prepared for a pain-au-chocolate-fueled trip to Southern France, I salivated when I saw the new Petzl Adjama harness, updated for 2018.
This new Adjama embraces everything that a multi-pitch trad harness needs: five big gear loops and a tag loop, adjustable leg loops, drop seat, a little extra padding and a softer, more supple design. Did I mention the five gear loops? The extra-large rear loop was a greater luxury than the self-serve espresso machine in our hotel, and freed up the other loops for gear, making pro easier to select.
In the Gorges du Verdon we spent long days on walls filled with hanging belays. Weighing a hair over 17 ounces, the Adjama is twice the weight of my sport harness, but it is four times more comfortable. As we headed north to Céüse I wondered if I would notice the weight and regret having not brought a sport-specific harness. I didn’t. In fact, the width of the harness actually made me feel secure and confident, especially when facing those old-school Céüse runouts.
-14.8 oz. (medium).
-Five gear loops and tag loop.
-Gear loops are a touch too far back.
-Multi-pitch climbing, trad climbing.
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