There are times when lowering, rather than rappelling, is a smarter way to get down a route. Learn of some of the scenarios when this might be a smart move, and also how to set it up correctly.
Using a sling to make an anchor from two pieces of gear? Try a clove hitch at the master point; it has several advantages over the standard overhand loop.
Making an anchor with only the rope and a few carabiners can be a very useful skill. Here is a Crafty Rope Trick (CRT) that does this with just a few carabiners and knots you already know.
So, this isn't technically rock climbing, but these two short videos will get your blood pumping. Alternative ways to scary yourself on the iconic and amazing central Oregon rock feature, Monkey Face.
The “quad” anchor rig doesn’t have to be tied with a humongo cordelette. If you have two stout bolts or screws next to each other, get the benefits of fast set up, super strong, good load distribution and complete redundancy, all in a light, compact package with the “mini quad.”
There are now some fantastic navigation resources online, but it can be a little confusing how to use the most effectively and where to get started. Watch this video to see the complete process from start to finish.
There are lots of different options when it comes to headgear. One can even keep you from a coughing attack.
I think this is my new favorite climbing video, and it doesn't even have a climber in it. One more reason to love Metolius gear.
If you anticipate climbing a big wall in hot temperatures, here are two lightweight and inexpensive things to bring to make your outing a little more bearable.
Want to know the amount of snow on the ground anywhere in the US and most of Canada? This is your go-to website. This interactive map from the US Forest Service is easy to use, understand, and shows real-time snow info for your trip planning.