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Ascenders and Aiders: How and When To Use Them

Ascenders and Aiders: How and When To Use Them

“Ascending the rope” is a technique also referred to as “jugging up” or “Jumaring”. It is when a climber uses the rope to quickly pull themselves up, rather than using their hands and feet to climb up the rock face. If you’ve ever been working your project and just couldn’tRead More

Climbing Rope Bags and Tarps: Keeping it Clean

Climbing Rope Bags and Tarps: Keeping it Clean

The most obvious use for a rope bag is to have a convenient way to carry your rope and even to store it in between climbing sessions. If you are mainly climbing at the gym this may be your only reason for needing or wanting a rope bag. If youRead More

Training for Grip Strength with Hangboards

Training for Grip Strength with Hangboards

If you are just beginning to rock climb, then your grip strength isn’t going to be the thing that is holding you back from progressing. You will have a lot of technique to perfect, and muscle strength to build, before you really need to start training your grip. Finger andRead More

The Best Approach Shoes for Rock Climbers

The Best Approach Shoes for Rock Climbers

What is an approach shoe? Approach shoes are a cross between a hiking shoe and a climbing shoe. They usually have stickier rubber soles than a standard hiking shoe, since the terrain you will be walking on or “scrambling” through as you get to the crag will often be rocky.Read More

The Best Climbing Gear for Kids

The Best Climbing Gear for Kids

Children are natural born climbers. Instead of teaching them not to climb, we believe in teaching them how to climb safely. Introducing your child to rock climbing will give them an opportunity to learn, stay fit, and could lead to a lifetime of fun and adventure. Since there is notRead More

Trad Climbing Gear: What Do You Need In Your Rack?

Trad Climbing Gear: What Do You Need In Your Rack?

The first step in building your own rack of trad climbing gear is to get the most common pieces that you will need at most climbs. Once you have the most common pieces, you’ll likely begin adding in other pieces that are specific to climbs that you want to do.Read More

Our Search for The Best Beginner Climbing Shoes of 2017

Our Search for The Best Beginner Climbing Shoes of 2017

What makes a climbing shoe good for beginners? Beginner rock climbers should be looking for a good, basic pair of shoes, not necessarily ones that are focused on advancing your climbing powers. Here are some helpful things to think about as you’re shopping for the best beginner rock climbing shoes:Read More

Hand Care Tips for Climbers

Hand Care Tips for Climbers

The skin on your hands is very important as a climber. The abuse that your hands will go through can put you out of climbing commission. It’s important to find the best method for keeping your hands in as good of shape as the rest of your body. Even asRead More

Everything You Need to Know About Rock Climbing Ropes

Everything You Need to Know About Rock Climbing Ropes

It’s important to trust your equipment when you’re dangling 50 feet off the ground. Knowing a lot about rock climbing ropes may help ease your fear so that you can relax and focus without worrying whether or not your gear is going to catch you. Today we are taking aRead More

Rock Climbing Helmets That You Won’t Mind Wearing

Rock Climbing Helmets That You Won’t Mind Wearing

We all know that protecting your head is of great importance. We also know that climbing can be dangerous, especially outdoors. So why is it that so many rock climbers climb without wearing a helmet? There are many excuses that people make, and the ones that we hear the mostRead More