The “VT prusik”, invented by canyoneering expert Rich Carlson, is increasingly popular with SAR teams and riggers. It has a some big advantages over the traditional perlon cord prusik loop. Learn the two key knots, some applications, and see a video on all the ways to use it.
Are you into canyoneering, cave exploring, off the beaten track climbing or other types of extreme adventure thrashing? Nor Hex gear, made in Portland Oregon, just might have the right stuff for you.
A rabbit runner is not something you're probably going to find in the local gear shop, but it's well worth having one or two on your rack.
When so much manufacturing overseas, it's heartening to see a long time NW company stay local. Watch this video for a fascinating look at how Metolius cams are handmade in Bend Oregon, USA. Tip - You can probably stop by, get a tour and see this for yourself!
High tech cartography meets handcrafted art - Check out Oregon artist Justin Healy’s 3D terrain models.
That big burly “belay” carabiner might appear to be stronger than the tiny “paper clip”, but check the load ratings to be sure. Good news: all carabiners certified for climbing are strong enough for anything you need.
You’ve probably wondered how strong that piece of gear actually is, especially compared to others in the same category. Can you really rappel safely off that micro stopper? How much trust should I put in that single bolt? Most all of that gets answered, right here.
It’s tricky to give boots an adequate test drive before you buy them. Solution: Spend an hour on the treadmill at a gym. You'll have a much better idea if they fit . . . or not.
Want a strong and lighter weight alternative to paracord for backcountry cordage? Check out bank line.
Hesitant to use your phone to take that great photo because you're worried you might drop it with cold fumble fingers? Here's the solution - a phone lanyard.
When shopping for a new tent, consider to how you might feel when you’re storm bound for a few days inside. Color has a strong effect on your mood. Yellow is probably going to treat you better than green or blue.
Sunscreen lotions can be a drag for climbing. Trader Joes has a great little solid stick sunscreen, most recommended.
Tyvek, the material used for strong envelopes and wrapping houses, can be handy as backcountry paper.
Selecting a backpack for climbing can seem overwhelming. With these guidelines, you'll learn what modern features you need, and some you probably don’t.
Many books refer to an “HMS” carabiner. What ‘da heck is that, you might be saying? If you don't speak German, that’s an excellent question. Here's why using one as your main belay carabiner is a good choice.
Heading out for a longer climb or trek, like Kilimanjaro, Peru, or Everest base camp? Having a few extra personal care items along can really go a long way. Here’s six goodies you may want in your kit.
What’s a “triple locking” carabiner, and why might you want to have a few? Well, pretty much every arborist or industrial rigger has a few on their gear rack, so you might want to get some too.
Having dedicated gear to perform crevasse or rock rescue can be a fine idea. Here’s a few items you may want to carry.
It's a rare opportunity to hear from a world class expert on what specifically they bring for an overnight alpine climb. Get it straight from Steve House. (You’ll never believe what he fits in a 30 liter pack!)
Micro LED lights are very handy to have around the camp. They’re inexpensive, so might as well buy a multi pack.
There’s one tool that you can always rely on to light your camp stove. And it's not a lighter or matches.
What are the two chemicals you should always avoid getting on your rope? If a rope is wet, is it less strong, and by how much? Can I safely mark my rope with a Sharpie pen? Learn all this and more from the experts at Sterling, in their technical manual.