Let’s start this review off with a caveat. I’m a trad dad. You know the type. A middle-aged guy who loves long moderate trad routes. I climb some sport routes every season but I’m not as concerned with sending the hardest routes anymore. Truth be told I never was. Same with bouldering. I do a lot of it in the gym but all my climbing that isn’t multi-pitch is considered training for my climbing trips, so I’m in good enough shape to get in a lot of pitches. [Read more…] about Petzl Adjama Climbing Harness Review & Rating!
In a world of shiny cams, why would anyone care about some oddly shaped metal at the end of a wire?
Stoppers, nuts, chocks or wires. Call them what you will. So many names for a piece of tapered metal. But can you really call yourself a trad climber if you aren’t up to speed on using passive protection? [Read more…] about Black Diamond Offset Stoppers Review
Like everything these days, we are buried with options. When I started climbing the only shop that had climbing shoes had two models. Not two brands. Two models.
I had the choice of Boreal Fire and La Sportiva Mariacher. In my first few years of climbing, I tried both. They were vastly better than climbing in hiking boots or tennis shoes. Plus the Fire was used by John Bachar. I had his poster on my wall. It was like the Air Jordans of the climbing world.
Fast forward 35 years and the selection is overwhelming. Off the top of my head, I can think of ten brands, each with multiple models. You can get shoes at outdoors stores, the climbing gym and of course, you can buy them online. While I have more experience with shoes than the average climber, it’s still tough for me to settle on what I want out of a shoe. Edging, smearing, cranks and pulling with my toes on overhanging boulder problems. Like you, I read a lot of reviews and narrowed my list down. Last summer I wanted to see if I could get a shoe that would be good in the gym but still perform well and be comfortable enough to wear on multi-pitch trad routes. [Read more…] about Scarpa Vapor V Review
Climbing ropes are some of the most important pieces of equipment used by climbers for both practical and safety purposes. However, there are many different types, lengths, and widths of climbing ropes and each is used for different types of climbing activities. It is important to buy the correct climbing rope to meet your needs. If you are buying climbing rope for the first time, the vast array of different ropes for climbing may seem confusing. Even experienced climbers can find choosing the best climbing ropes a tricky process simply because of the sheer volume of options. The reviews of the best climbing ropes available along with a buying guide will help you to maneuver your way through the decision-making process as it highlights all the factors you need to consider when making your decision. [Read more…] about Best Climbing Ropes- Buying Guide & Reviews
Rock climbing is a challenging activity and it can take lots of practice and experience to tackle difficult climbs. Developing the skills needed is something that happens over time as climbers gain confidence and build their strength. One way they do this is to train out of season so that they are on form for when climbing season begins again. There are a variety of products that can help climbers to train, and one of these is a climbing hangboard, also known as a rock climbing fingerboard. There are lots of hangboards on the market and these vary greatly in terms of the materials, the design, the features and the price. Some hangboards are suitable for beginners while others are better suited to experienced climbers. The reviews followed by a buying guide will help you to identify the best hangboard for you.
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