A crash pad is the single most important piece of gear in outdoor bouldering. You know why indoor bouldering gyms have their floors literally made of crash pads? Because they’re the key to making bouldering possible. Without them, you’re basically free soloing short climbs. One slip-up, and you’re looking at a broken ankle or worse. […]
There are only two pieces of gear that are used in every single discipline in climbing: climbing shoes, and chalk. Now, upgrading your chalk makes very little difference. Chalk is chalk. But climbing shoes? Climbing shoes are the single piece of gear that makes by far the most significant impact on your climbing performance. Pros […]
Auto belays are simply fantastic. They turn climbing into an experience as pure and accessible as bouldering. You can just hammer a route on an autobelay. It’s just you and the climb at that point. With an auto belay, you can go as hard as you can, fall, and let the device catch you – […]
A pair of crack climbing gloves is a straight-up improvement over taping your hands. That’s why pros like Adam Ondra use them. Save money and climb harder.
Find out why you might be surprised to find out how fun lead climbing really is.
If you’ve only stuck to top roping until now, you’ve been missing out!
Rope bags significantly increase the lifespan of your rope. They’re not just for carrying your rope and your gear to the crag. They’re a true essential.
Stainless steel is the top choice, but you should never mix it with zinc plated steel bolts. Enviro hangers also remove the visual impact of bolting.
Here’s the math on how many bolts you need and where to place them when building a sport climbing route. Includes both low first bolts and high first bolts.
Trust me, it’s not impossible. As long as you don’t have a terrible pair of climbing shoes, then technique can turn the most difficult holds into easy ones.
High first bolts can be pretty dangerous. Falling before you clip in can easily break your ankles, so let’s look at how to solve this problem for good.
It seems crazy that so climbers dont wear helmets while at the crag. There’s a reason why they dont wear helmets, but it isn’t a good reason. Find out why.
The definitive answer on whether you actually need a helmet for your particular climbing discipline.
Helmets are not primarily for protecting against falls.