How to Choose the Right Ice Tool this Winter
Finding the right ice tool is like finding the perfect climbing partner. If you don’t jive or have the same climbing interests, you won’t climb your best or have the most fun. But with so many models of ice tools out there, where do you begin?
How to Fine Tune Rock ShoesEach rock-shoe manufacturer’s choice of rubber is akin to a Formula One’s team of engineers matching suspension and tire choice to a specific track. The nuances of rubber performance are vast, but all rubber is … Continue reading "How to Fine Tune Rock Shoes"
Is a Superlight Skinny Climbing Rope For You?Scores of manufacturers make skinny single ropes from 8.9mm to 9.4mm. At between 52 and 57 grams per meter—a skinny rope can shave up to three pounds off a 60-meter rope. What’s more, the thin … Continue reading "Is a Superlight Skinny Climbing Rope For You?"
How to Choose Ice Climbing, Mixed and Mountaineering BootsMATERIALS PLASTIC UPPER Plastic boots have a hard plastic outer shell, and a durable and removable synthetic inner boot. This double-boot model is great for all alpine climbs, expeditions and multi-day situations because the inner … Continue reading "How to Choose Ice Climbing, Mixed and Mountaineering Boots"
When to Retire Climbing GearMost climbing equipment is packaged with manufacturer’s recommendation for usage, maintenance and longevity, in accordance with directives from CE and UIAA (industry standards association). In addition to presenting a formidable recycling challenge, this labeling does … Continue reading "When to Retire Climbing Gear"
How To Minimize Your Rappel ImpactSAVE THE TREES When climbers wrap ropes around a tree, the wear will saw into the bark, harming the tree. If you have to rap off a tree, first make sure it’s bomber, then … Continue reading "How To Minimize Your Rappel Impact"
How to Choose a HelmetCE CERTIFIED All helmets are tested by the CEN (European Committee for Standardization), chiefly for shock and energy absorption and conical impact. Testing and the attendant certification are required for helmets sold in Europe but … Continue reading "How to Choose a Helmet"
How to Build a Starter Climbing RackYou are just getting into climbing and on a limited budget. Cams are many and all are expensive. What should you buy first? Get cams that fit the most common-size placements. These are units in … Continue reading "How to Build a Starter Climbing Rack"
How to Fit, Care for and Resole Rock ShoesBy Larry “Toolman” Arthur Climbing shoes have the distinction of being the only piece of gear that will actually help you climb better. For any serious climber, choosing shoes will be the most important decision … Continue reading "How to Fit, Care for and Resole Rock Shoes"
How to Choose CramponsFLEXIBLE Flexible, or “hinged,” crampons are best for climbing snow and walking on glaciers. They are designed to flex with the boot, making walking more natural. If you plan on more hiking than technical climbing, … Continue reading "How to Choose Crampons"
Hot Versus Cold Forging of Climbing GearHot and cold forging are different means to a similar end. A manufacturer will choose one process over the other usually for economic reasons, or because one process more efficiently renders the product. Forging is … Continue reading "Hot Versus Cold Forging of Climbing Gear"
How to Fit a HarnessMost important of all in buying a harness is to find one that fits you well, and is comfortable. Try on a harness wearing the clothes you would use, not in shorts in the summer … Continue reading "How to Fit a Harness"
How to Resling CamsTake a moment and check out all the nylon webbing and cordage on your rack. This includes slings on cams and chocks, quickdraws, runners, daisy chains and cordelette. Manufacturers recommend replacing the slings on cams … Continue reading "How to Resling Cams"