Skill Zone

Climbers need skills. Lots of them. I’m starting this page on my blog as a place to gather climbing related skills. I’ll share some personal tips & tricks but I’ll also be highlighting lots of content around the web from other blogs, companies, fellow guides, etc.

How to Plan a Hut Trip

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photo from Brooks Range Blog

How to Pack for Backcountry Travel

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From Brooks-Range Mountaineering

Saddlebagging your Rappel Ropes

Saddlebagging your Rappel Ropes
Saddlebagging your Rappel Ropes

 

Rappel Extensions

One of These Knots Can Kill You– by David Lottmann (Northeast Alpine Start)

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Figure of Eight Bend aka FATAL MISTAKE!

This Knot Can Save Your Life– by David Lottmann (Northeast Alpine Start)

Rappelling off The Eaglet, Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire
Rappelling off The Eaglet, Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire

Creating Safe Bail Anchors– by IMFGA Guide Mark Smiley

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Image from http://smileysproject.smugmug.com/

CLEANING AN ANCHOR IN SINGLE PITCH CLIMBING– From American Alpine Club

CLEANING AN ANCHOR IN SINGLE PITCH CLIMBING
Photo from the American Alpine Club, https://americanalpineclub.org/

Backcountry Rescue– reblogged from Jackson Hole Mountain Guides:

Backcountry Rescue
Photo from Brooks Range: https://brooksrange.wordpress.com/2016/03/28/jackson-hole-mountains-guides-explore-backcountry-rescue/

Universal Belay Standard


Ice Formation and Judgement– By Jason Hurwitz

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Travis finds some dry ice on Fafnir, WI5, Cannon Cliff- photo by David Lottmann

Five Safer Tips for Rappels

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Ice climbing basics: Ice screw placement, anchors and V-threads [EN] from Petzl-sport on Vimeo.

* note some of the techniques presented here regarding anchor management are not ideal if you are not swinging leads (leading in blocks or leading whole route/guiding).

HOW TO PREPARE A LIGHTWEIGHT BACKCOUNTY SKI REPAIR KIT

HOW TO PREPARE A LIGHTWEIGHT BACKCOUNTY SKI REPAIR KIT
photo from http://blog.hyperlitemountaingear.com/

HOW TO MOVE FASTER AND MORE SAFELY THROUGH 3RD AND 4TH CLASS TERRAIN

HOW TO MOVE FASTER AND MORE SAFELY THROUGH 3RD AND 4TH CLASS TERRAIN
Photo by Fredrik Marmsater http://www.outdoorresearch.com

Rappelling: The Holster Method

If you find a cool mountain skill you think I should highlight please email me at nealpinestart@gmail.com!