You top out on a pitch, and see a perfect tree anchor 10 feet back from the edge. Here's how to quickly rig a stout anchor that will position you in the perfect spot with a ready-made masterpoint to belay or haul.
Part tensioning hitch, part rope sorcery. Plus, it has a great name. You don't need to learn the “voodoo hitch”, but you should. Tie it 10 times, you still probably won't figure out how it works.
The bowline can be a helpful knot for climbers to fix a rope around a tree or boulder. But, many people it tricky; the “rabbit coming out of the hole and running around the tree” thing is not as easy as it might sound. Check out the “snap bowline”, where a slip knot and little bit of rope sorcery semi-magically cause a completed bowline to “snap” into place.
Every climber knows how to tie a water knot in webbing. But, there is a lot more you can do with a length of webbing, and canyoneers know all the tricks. Check out this video by canyoneering expert Rich Carlson to learn a few of them.
One of the happiest moments in climbing is seeing your rappel rope drop freely through the sky down to you. And one of the worst moments is when it doesn’t! Here are a series of steps to consider when you have a stuck rappel rope, and some tips to avoid the problem.
Every trip, summit or not, is an opportunity to reflect, learn and improve. The best way to do this is with an honest talk / debrief session with your partner(s) ASAP after your climb.
A normal response of your body to adrenaline is to narrow your visual focus. Generally, this is NOT helpful when you’re climbing. Read a short cautionary tale, and some simple things you can do to mitigate this.
Want to learn some snow climbing tips from the guy who founded the American Alpine Institute and former president of the American American Guide Association (AMGA)? We thought so. While these are some great tips for beginners, even you crafty veterans may learn a few new things.
Here’s a slick way to quickly rig a 2 person carry / evacuation for a patient with minor injuries in the backcountry.
Despite access to solid weather forecasts, deciding to continue on a climb or bail is often a challenging and subjective decision. The climbing rangers at Mt. Rainier National Park made a clever decision matrix to help remove some emotion from this important choice.
The Mt. Rainier climbing rangers have written an excellent series of guides for the most popular routes. which have a lot more detail and quality than you might expect. Definitely recommended reading if you are planning a Rainier climb.
Often in alpine climbing, making shorter rappels can minimize the chance of your rope getting hung up. Here's a trick to mitigate that problem even further.
To treat hypothermia, or to keep a patient with another injury (hopefully) warm dry and comfortable when it's cold in the backcountry, the “thermal burrito” technique works great.
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.
Cold fingers. Everyone has to deal with them. Something as simple as “windmilling” your arms can help a lot.
Want to quickly measure straight-line distance between points on your map? Just take a twig, and break it to match a mile or kilometer on your map’s scale bar.