From interviews to behind the scene tours and first-hand experiences, we share stories of the lessons we’ve learned rock climbing.

Rock Climbing Gear Stories 1

On The Road Gear Storage with van.surf.climb

Living in a van leaves you with a very limited amount of storage space. However, having limited space...

0 Comment / Nov 01, 2018

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adventure.amanda and her SoCal Rack

As I look across The Valley, I am in awe of its tall, proud faces of granite covered with brilliant streaks...

2 Comments / Oct 22, 2018

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Michelle Vlasich's Ever Expanding Rack

My name is Michelle (@mvlasich44 on Instagram), and this is the story of my rack. To be honest I had a rocky...

0 Comment / Sep 17, 2018


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jay.halford's Go Anywhere Do Anything Climbing Rack

My rack is an odd assortment of old and new, conventional and unconventional. It's inspired by my mixed...

0 Comment / Aug 14, 2018

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4 Men's Climbing Pants Reviewed: Patagonia, Outdoor Research, 3rd Rock, DU/ER

I recently received a few pair of pants to review, and I'll compare them alongside my goto pants that...

0 Comment / Aug 07, 2018

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Black Diamond Fuel Hammer: First Hand Review

I find tools are sexy, unlike crampons. That's just how it is. Tools become extensions of our arms and our hands...

0 Comment / Jul 16, 2018


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John Gassel's Beautifully Organized Gear Stash

The WeighMyRack Instagram feed boasts a wide range of gear storage options. From simple plastic tubs,...

0 Comment / Jun 14, 2018

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Grivel G20 Plus Crampons: First Hand Review

Crampons are often the underdog and unsung hero of ice climbing gear. You normally don't often hear them...

1 Comment / May 11, 2018

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Outdoor Research Ferrosi: Pants Review

Although I've liked Outdoor Research as a brand, I haven't owned much OR gear, primarily because I worked...

1 Comment / Apr 18, 2018


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Josh Ferguson's Straightforward Get-Things-Done Gear Stash

Josh Ferguson's gear stash is wonderful -- you can tell the gear is used often. Whereas some climbers...

0 Comment / Apr 09, 2018

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3rd Rock Ramblas Rock Climbing Pants Review

3rd Rock is a core climbing brand making apparel for climbers. They're not a lifestyle brand looking...

1 Comment / Mar 07, 2018

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Edelrid Skimmer 7.1mm Pro Dry Ropes: First-Hand Review

WeighMyRack's ice climbing ambassador Kirk Turner reviews the Edelrid Skimmer 7.1mm Pro Dry ropes after...

0 Comment / Sep 12, 2017


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Two new climbing brands: Static Climbing + Bulletprufe Denim

Bonus: If you're reading this before June 13th you can enter to win a giveaway with goods from both brands!...

0 Comment / Jun 08, 2017

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Furnace Industries Dry Ice Training Tools: First Hand Review

Whether a professional athlete or just a weekend warrior, we are always seeking an advantage and any possible...

1 Comment / May 29, 2017

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The Push, By Tommy Caldwell: Book Review

I've shared a few dinners with Tommy Caldwell, and each time he has been humble and gracious. The introspections...

1 Comment / May 19, 2017


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Climbing Trad, in Frankenjura?!?!

A story of bucking the norm and going for the impossible. Thanks to some small nuts, this tale comes...

0 Comment / May 17, 2017

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Petzl Laser Speed Light Ice Screws: First Hand Review

Jeff Shaprio is a pro athlete who's spent 20+ years on ice. Here he reviews the Petzl Laser Speed...

0 Comment / May 08, 2017

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Cassin (CAMP) Blade Runner Crampons: First Hand Review

Pro athlete Jeff Shapiro is a total gearhead, always in search of the best tool to get the job done...

0 Comment / May 02, 2017


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The Most Creative Gear Rooms of 2016

The @weighmyrack Instagram feed often features gear rooms, closets, and storage systems. This post shows...

0 Comment / Dec 14, 2016

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How to Make Your Own Nut Tool

In previous posts we've covered the basics of how to Booty Gear stuck in a crack. This process works...

2 Comments / Sep 29, 2016

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Tales of Booty from a Master Pirate

Over the years we’ve all had wonderful and memorable climbs: hard routes sent, projects completed,...

3 Comments / Sep 21, 2016


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Quick and Dirty Tips on How to Booty Gear

Whether you are an alpine, sport, or trad climber, gear is expensive, and despite best intentions and skill,...

2 Comments / Sep 12, 2016

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Pro Climber Sean Swarner Shares his Mt. Kilimanjaro Gear List

Sean Swarner is a pro climber whose adventures range from battling through two deadly forms of cancer...

0 Comment / Sep 07, 2016

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Kush Climbing Bouldering Pads - A Brand in the Making

I first heard about Kush Climbing right around the time their Kickstarter campaign launched. My curiosity...

3 Comments / Aug 02, 2016


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The Top 10 Best Looking Helmets (from 10,000+ votes)

WeighMyRack set up a comparison test, à la Hot or Not, of 144 helmets. Tens of thousands of votes were...

4 Comments / May 25, 2016

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Black Diamond Vector Helmet Review

I've been wearing a helmet while climbing for many years now and I think as a whole they've become so light...

1 Comment / May 02, 2016

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Red Chili Corona VCS: Review

When WeighMyRack was offered a pair of Red Chili shoes to test I promptly elbowed Alison out of the way and claimed...

3 Comments / Apr 26, 2016


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Dura Draw Review: First Hand Experience

For years, climbers with difficult long-term projects or heinously steep sport routes would leave their...

0 Comment / Apr 18, 2016

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CAMP Nano 22: Firsthand Carabiner Review

If WeighMyRack gave out a "Most Improved" award, it would without question go to the CAMP Nano 22. It's...

0 Comment / Apr 09, 2016

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Cypher Codex shoe: Review

The CoDex is billed as "the go-to shoe when things get steep [and] can handle small edges and keep...

1 Comment / Apr 07, 2016


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Lost Gear on Lost Chord

The photo above represents the large amount of lost gear from a party climbing Lost Chord, a beautiful...

0 Comment / Feb 04, 2016

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3rd Rock Climbing - Climber Clothes

The first time I tried on the 3rd Rock Eclipse top and Skat trousers my partner exclaimed, "You look...

0 Comment / Jan 25, 2016

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Review: Square Water Bottle

Since we carry water on virtually every climb, we consider water bottles to be essential gear. When...

2 Comments / Oct 22, 2015


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Talking Gear: Carlo Traversi and the Eiger

On August 29th, Carlo Traversi and Sasha DiGiulian topped out the north face of the Eiger, completing the...

1 Comment / Oct 08, 2015

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Kevin Jorgeson's "Perfect Pack" (aka Duracell Quantum Battery Review)

Following his success on the Dawn Wall project, Kevin Jorgeson partnered with Duracell to create a...

17 Comments / Sep 29, 2015

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Black Diamond Bullet 16 Climbing Pack: Review

While climbing I found the Bullet 16 pack to be great. It rides well and feels secure without limiting...

5 Comments / Sep 25, 2015


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Black Diamond Icon Headlamp: Review

Powered by 4 AA batteries, the Icon is Black Diamond's most powerful headlamp. At 8.35oz / 236.6g with...

2 Comments / Sep 23, 2015

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25 Rock Climbing Shoes Coming in 2016

Find photos and details of all the rock climbing shoes coming out in 2016 from Boreal, Butora, Climb...

4 Comments / Sep 16, 2015

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Athlete's Choice: JP Ouellet's Favorite Ropes

Athlete: Crack climbing machine JP "PeeWee" Ouellet History: JP's been climbing for over 20 years and has used most...

0 Comment / Dec 08, 2014


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V Line: Made in the USA

It can be a challenge to find equipment manufacturers that keep all their production here in the US. A lot of the small...

1 Comment / Apr 23, 2014

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8 Tactics Omega Pacific uses to Manufacture in America

When a company makes the choice to manufacture in America they need to prioritize efficiency to survive;...

2 Comments / Apr 02, 2014

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What Makes Black Diamond Tick: Part 2

Black Diamond was born out of litigation so it's no surprise that the company has a very rigorous approach...

5 Comments / Mar 19, 2014


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What Makes Black Diamond Tick, Part I

With it's steepled brown roofs and off-white walls, arriving at Black Diamond is like stumbling across...

5 Comments / Mar 12, 2014

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11 Things I Learned Touring Metolius

WeighMyRack spent a day at the Metolius Headquarters in Bend, Oregon. In addition to a tour, I talked...

7 Comments / Nov 18, 2013

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I'll take half a rack, please

It was my first alpine climb and I was going to lead all 4 pitches of the West Ridge of Prusik Peak,...

2 Comments / Oct 02, 2013


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AAI Guides Choice Awards: Explained

Every company wants to claim their gear is Award Winning. When you see an award winning piece of gear...

5 Comments / Jul 17, 2013

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Why I Made the Switch

Growing up it sometimes felt like my parents ran a recycling center in our house. Even when I thought...

0 Comment / May 20, 2013

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Unsafe Beginnings

In college I climbed a bit indoors. After college, my goal was to move somewhere I could climb and explore...

8 Comments / Feb 12, 2013


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How WeighMyRack Began

I'm all about stories. It only seems fitting to start with a mini-story of how WeighMyRack started. I'm...

3 Comments / Jan 01, 2013

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