Gear Review- Petzl GriGri+ Belay Device

Can the newest version of the iconic Petzl GriGri really be the belay device for "all climbers"? What makes it different from the current GriGri 2? After a few weeks of testing it turns out the differences may very well make this the one belay to device to rule them all. I'll start with a … Continue reading Gear Review- Petzl GriGri+ Belay Device

Gear Review: KAILAS Men’s 9A Classic Pant

This past summer I've worn the Kailas 9A Classic Pants more than any other pant in my wardrobe. This Asian brand is not that well known in North America so I've had numerous climbing partners ask me about the pants I've been wearing. They have a similar style and quality to more common US brands … Continue reading Gear Review: KAILAS Men’s 9A Classic Pant

Swing leading or leading in blocks?(And Giveaway)

For many breaking into the multi-pitch rock climbing world swing leading seems to still be the default method of moving the rope up a climb when the two climbing partners are of relatively similar experience. Indeed this was my go-to option for my first decade of multi-pitch experience. It was in 2006 that I picked … Continue reading Swing leading or leading in blocks?(And Giveaway)

Sendember and Rocktober!

These two months are easily my favorite months to get out rock climbing and while Fall is historically a slower time for rock guiding in the Northeast it's one of the best times to get out and climb! The cliffs are quieter, the black-flies and mosquitoes are long gone, and the cool temps and lower … Continue reading Sendember and Rocktober!

Review- 50 Non-Textbook Anchors I Trusted My Life To, by Mark Smiley (IFMGA Guide)

Last week Mark Smiley released an online learning course focused on building anchors for traditional and alpine rock climbing. If you are following this blog Mark probably doesn't need an introduction as his name is quite well known in the industry, but if by some chance you haven't heard of Mark here's a quick recap … Continue reading Review- 50 Non-Textbook Anchors I Trusted My Life To, by Mark Smiley (IFMGA Guide)

Gear Review- Black Diamond Vapor Climbing Helmet

The Black Diamond Vapor Helmet is the lightest and most breathable helmet in Black Diamond's line and is only an ounce heavier than the Petzl Sirocco that I reviewed here. A sheet of Kevlar and a series of carbon rods in between co-molded EPS foam provides the bulk of impact protection along with a thin but … Continue reading Gear Review- Black Diamond Vapor Climbing Helmet

Deal Alert! Black Diamond up to 35% off!

I try not to post to many "sale" type posts but I noticed this morning Backcountry.com is running a great sale on Black Diamond gear and I'm quite a big fan of this brand having reviewed quite a bit of climbing gear and clothing over the years. So I'm leaving this short post here to … Continue reading Deal Alert! Black Diamond up to 35% off!

Do you need to back-up your tie-in knot?

The short answer is no. I recall reading an article in a popular climbing magazine about a decade ago where an IMFGA guide was encouraging climbers to stop "backing up" their tie-in knot. While the logic in the article was quite sound tying "back-up" knots above your standard Figure Eight Follow Through is still somewhat … Continue reading Do you need to back-up your tie-in knot?

Gear for Top Rope Climbing

After teaching an anchor building clinic last week my guest started an email chain with me looking for some specific recommendations on improving his top-rope "kit". After making a few suggestions I realized I get these questions a few times a year and there are probably others out wondering what an optimized top-rope kit looks … Continue reading Gear for Top Rope Climbing

Safety Academy Lab Rock- A free digital training platform for alpine climbing

This is my second year on the Ortovox Athlete Team and it has been so awesome representing such a top tier outdoor clothing and gear company. As an avalanche educator I've relied on Ortovox beacons and shovels for almost a decade and over the last two years I've discovered the difference between run-of-the-mill outdoor clothing … Continue reading Safety Academy Lab Rock- A free digital training platform for alpine climbing