A fairly recent term (okay, recent for me) is to describe a rope system is either “open” or “closed”. If you’ve heard these terms and they left you scratching your noggin, have a look at this post to learn what it means. Hint - closed is good.
If you have a team of three on a moderate climb that still requires a rope, end-roping can be a good strategy that balances speed and relative safety.
“Dang, prusiking up this fixed rope is so much fun!” said no one, ever. Learn a Smarter Way to ascend a rope that is a BIG improvement on the traditional 2 prusik system.
Your ATC Guide or similar plaquette-style belay device is of course great for belay and rappel, but can also be rigged as an ascender. Learn how here.
Beginning climbers often hear a confusing mish-mash of different advice and rules. Read this Tip to discern what's a definitive rule, and what’s more personal preference.
When learning any climbing skill where a mistake has potentially lethal consequences, it's good to take a very conservative approach. Here's one step-by-step method.
Airflare is a sophisticated yet easy to use phone app that can potentially help a Search and Rescue team find you much faster. Learn more about it here.
When your rope team is transitioning between glacier travel, pitched climbing and easy terrain, you probably don’t want the rope at full length, especially for the easy parts. Solution: the Kiwi coil.
When buying runners, try keep all your single runners one color, and all your double runners another color. This lets you grab the right one with just a quick glance at your harness.
Are you roped up and ascending an easy but loose, chossy gully? Put in a few cams and clip the rope to lift it away from the loose rocks.
A basic climbing skill is knowing how to rack your cordage In a tidy and fast manner. One great method: Do the Twist. Learn how in this short video from expert climber Beth Rodden.
Here are two simple and quick ways to be sure your team always stays together at night or in low visibility.
Yeah yeah, everyone knows climbers need to hydrate properly to perform well. But do you know the interesting physiology behind actually why this true?
Here’s a few simple ways to shave hours of of your climbing time. Individually, not so much, but taken together, it can save you major time.