A summary of just about everything I wish I knew when I started aid climbing. This post may take years off your learning curve.
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.
The munter pop? Is that some kind of Austrian ice cream? Nope, it’s a very Crafty Rope Trick (CRT) you can use if you ever need to lower someone two rope lengths.
The munter mule overhand, or MMO knot, is a load releasable hitch. While it’s helpful in complex rope rescue scenarios, it’s not required in crevasse rescue, and in the opinion of various experts, does not need to be taught to beginners.
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.
You’ve probably wondered how strong that piece of gear actually is, especially compared to others in the same category. Can you really rappel safely off that micro stopper? How much trust should I put in that single bolt? Most all of that gets answered, right here.
Do you have a climb on a moderate angled glacier, such as a standard route on many Pacific NW volcanoes? Consider a static rope.
Need to contact 911 when you're in the backcountry? Better have a way to tell them where you are. Learn three different ways to get your latitude longitude coordinates from your phone.
Here's a fast, clever and easy-to-remember way to ensure proper spacing between team members when traveling on a glacier.
Does it seem like that bolt is always J U S T out of reach? How about aid climbing a bolt ladder where it was drilled by somebody 7 feet tall? Here's your answer: the stiffy quick draw.