Do you have an ascender with a pretty much useless little hole in the bottom? Yeah, so did I until I did this simple modification.
A summary of just about everything I wish I knew when I started aid climbing. This post may take years off your learning curve.
Ever wonder what that hole is for in the top of your fifi hook? You're not the first one. Tie a short loop of cord in there to let you easily remove your hook off of pretty much anything.
There is a right (and definitely a wrong) way to rappel with a heavy haul bag. Also, learn some specialized crafty rappel tricks if you have a traverse or overhang. (This tip courtesy of Climbing magazine.)
On your next vertical camping trip, use a “big wall bucket” with a Gamma lid to keep delicate items from getting crushed, and to keep day use gear close at hand.
When ascending a rope with jumars, the length of your daisy chains is critical. Here’s a way to get them set up right every time, and a good reason why you want both of them the same length.
If you have two (or more) cams that are the same size, you can clip the racking carabiners to each other to save some space on your harness gear loops.
A lot of new aid climbers want the reassurance of adding a “safety” carabiner into the top hole of their ascender. It’s not needed most of the time, and there’s one reason why you may really want to skip it.
Are you toproping with an ATC Guide style belay device and want to make it autolock if your second falls, similar to a Grigri? Yep, it can do that. Learn how at this Tip.
Do those pictures in the rock rescue book of a 5 :1 rescue system leave you scratching your head? Yeah, me too. These posts, written for the math-challenged, takes a deep dive into the theory and application of mechanical advantage systems for climbers.