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Climbing Harness

What is a Climbing Harness?

Some types of climbing involve getting high enough off the ground that it is necessary to use ropes for safety.…

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What is a Climbing Shoe

What are Climbing Shoes?

Like a lot of specialty sport shoes, a climbing shoe is made to perform a specific function. If you’ve never worn…

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what is climbing rope

What is a Climbing Rope?

A rope designed for rock climbing is dynamic (not static), meaning it can stretch and absorb the energy of a…

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What is a Belay Device

What Is A Belay Device For Climbing?

A belay device is a piece of equipment used in rock climbing to manage the rope while belaying, a technique where…

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What is a Carabiner for Climbing?

In climbing, a carabiner is a piece of gear that is used as a connection point. This could be connecting a belay…

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Carabiner Gate Opening

Carabiner Gate Openings Explained

What is a carabiners gate opening? Gate opening refers to the distance between a carabiner’s nose and the…

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Carabiner Gate Flutter Gate Shutter

Gate Flutter and Gate Shutter Explained

There are two types of scenarios that will unintentionally cause a carabiner’s gate to open, gate flutter…

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Which Belay Device

What Type of Belay Device Do I Use?

Depending on the style and location of your climbing, you’ll have different expectations from your belay…

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Tools needed to effectively clean and maintain a carabiner

How to Clean, Maintain, and When to Retire Carabiners

A carabiner can last much longer than most climbers usually keep them (well over 15 years). Often new gear is so…

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8 Reasons It’s Time To Retire Your Carabiners

Carabiners are incredibly strong. They can easily last 10, 15, 20 years or even a lifetime when properly…

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Choosing Belay Carabiner

What’s the Best Belay Carabiner?

Carabiners used for belaying and/or were designed to be used for belaying are most often called belay carabiners.…

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The Best Locking Carabiner: How to Pick? 36

The Best Locking Carabiner: How to Pick?

Locking carabiners come in 2 main styles: screw gate (where you manually “screw” or twist part of the…

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Guide Mode Belay Device

Do I Need a Belay Device with Guide Mode?

What is Guide Mode? Guide mode is when a belay device attaches directly to an anchor, and the climber is belayed…

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Belay Device Types Explained

The 5 Belay Device Types Explained

Most climbers own 1-3 belay devices, and use different devices depending on the type of climbing, rope thickness,…

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Do I Need Assisted Braking?

Do I Need Assisted Braking?

Across the spectrum of belay devices, there are many design features that help belayers catch falling climbers.…

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Best Climbing Rope

What’s the Best Climbing Rope?

Determining the best climbing rope for your needs often comes down to where you’re climbing and what type of…

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Rope Sheath Slippage

What is Rope Sheath Slippage?

Rope sheath slippage is when the outer core and the inner sheath of a rope move or stretch separately from each…

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How Climbing Ropes Are Made

How Climbing Ropes Are Made (at Edelrid)

In 2017 we travelled to Germany and spent a few weeks at Edelrid’s headquarters and rope making facility. We…

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How to Clean A Climbing Rope

There are 2 main ways to clean a climbing rope: hand wash in a tub (or container) of water or wash in the washing…

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How Strong is Climbing Rope

Is rope strong enough to climb on?

All ropes that are made, tested, and certified (by the UIAA/CE) for recreational climbing are plenty strong for…

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