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.
Finding high quality, fairly priced, and low quantity supplies for a wilderness first aid kit can be tough. Good news: the folks at WildMedcenter.com have you covered. If you want to build up a 1st aid kit from scratch or resupply an existing kit, this is a great place to start.
If you like to adventure in the outdoors, odds are pretty high that sometime you're going to have to deal with a dislocated shoulder, yours or someone else's. Knowing the proper sequence of diagnosing, examining, and reducing, can be a huge help, especially in a remote setting. Learn how to do it here.
“Triangulation”, espoused In just about every navigation book, is a method of using a map and compass together to theoretically get yourself unlost in the backcountry. What the books fail to mention is that it only works in extremely favorable circumstances, and should not be relied upon to stay found. Learn the three cases where triangulation fails.
When aid climbing, the transition from your nice comfy aider steps into free climbing a few 5.6 moves can be surprisingly terrifying. After you know these two clever tips from big wall expert Chris McNamara, it's a LOT easier.
You finish pitch 1 on a multi-pitch bolted route, look up, and see some hard moves right off the belay on pitch 2. Here’s a way to safeguard your belay and prevent a possible factor 2 fall.
This week - map scale. Understanding scale lets you calculate real world distances on a topo map. You have a map with a ratio scale of 1:50:000. One cm on your map equals how many km in the real world? Would a 1:100,000 scale map be a good choice for a technical climbing trip? How can you use a twig to measure distance on your map?
You're setting up a top rope anchor at a cliff top. There are no bolts or hangers at the top of the route, but there are some stout trees growing a ways back from the edge of the cliff. You have two ropes. What's a good way to quickly rig a super strong and secure anchor?
You're on a hard, multi pitch climb. The next pitch above the belay goes straight up, and you know it's going to be tough for your partner. Here’s a simple way to prevent a potential catastrophe.
“Which Way Wednesday”, features a post about wilderness navigation or trip planning. We’ll share a few excerpts from the Wilderness Navigation Challenge; this week - contours and terrain. What’s a saddle look like on a topo map? The contour lines are bending; does that show a ridgeline or a gully? I see a closed circle on a topo map; is that a mountain top, or just a small knoll? How is the summit of a major mountain indicated on a topo map?
British big wall expert Andy Kirkpatrick has some battle-tested advice for staying relatively comfortable on a big wall, even when the weather goes sideways. These tips are from his excellent book, “Higher Education”.