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How to care for your climbing gear including climbing shoes, belay devices, rope, harnesses, etc.

What Quickdraws Do Trad Climbers Use?

Trad climbing gear has some overlap with sport climbing and in this case, quickdraws are relatively similar to sport climbing but there are some details that will influence what you purchase for your rack. Trad draws are lighter than typical quickdraws. The dogbone (nylon material between the two carabiners) is thinner than your sport climbing …

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What is the minimal gear needed for bouldering?

Bouldering doesn’t require as much gear as rock climbing because most routes are up to 12ft and if you fall, there isn’t a belayer to prevent you from hitting the ground. For bouldering, the minimal gear you need includes a pair of climbing shoes and a crash pad. Most climbers also prefer chalk and a …

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The Top 5 Crash Pads For Bouldering: How To Decide Which Is Best

Not every climber has the same needs when it comes to bouldering crash pads. For example, some climbers need more cushion for higher routes and some climbers need something light they can take with them after work to the crag. Which bouldering crash pad is best for you? The Mad Rock Mad Pad Crash Pad …

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How To Belay: Using Assisted Locking Belay Devices

How you use the assisted-locking device depends on what kind of assisted-locking device it is.  In this article, we will demonstrate how you can identify the type of belay device it is and how to use it. What Is an Assisted Locking Belay Device An assisted locking belay device is a tool that climbers use …

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The Evolution of Climbing Belay Devices

Before belay devices, people would just tie a rope around their waist while climbing. Eventually harnesses and different rods were used and to add additional safety to climbers but it wasn’t till the belay device that we saw a dramatic change in climbers safety. What is a climbing belay device? A climbing belay device is …

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23 Storage Ideas for Your Climbing Gear

Storing your gear in an environment-controlled space is important to ensure that the gear lasts as long as possible. With that being said, here are 23 ideas for storing your climbing gear. 1. Customized Book Shelf Heaven Reorganizing the height of shelves, adding rods for hanging jackets and drawers makes a bookshelf a great way …

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6 Of The Best Belay Devices For Beginner Climbers

I have nine belay devices (tubular, semi-assisted and auto-locking) and I still have a couple on my wish list that I’d like to add to my arsenal so when it comes to climbing gear, you can bet that belay devices are my favorite.  As a beginner climber, I bought the cheapest gear on the market …

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