After whetting their appetite sport climbing outdoors, many gym-to-crag climbers will eventually desire to get into trad climbing (AKA traditional climbing). Trad climbing gear is more complicated and varied than sport climbing equipment, leaving many beginner trad climbers overwhelmed with their purchasing options. Here, we will give a short list of trad climbing essentials, and … More What to Buy For Your First Trad Rack
Are you 20, but find yourself complaining to your friend sabout your bad neck? Feel like all those little bones are all crunched up and unhappy with you after every climbing sesh? You might be suffering from belayer’s neck, a common climbing ailment. The solution? Belay glasses. Yes, we know: belay glasses look dorky. There’s … More Best Belay Glasses for Climbing
A first-timer’s guide to buying quickdraws for bolted sport climbing … More Best Quickdraws for Beginner Sport Climbing
One of the necessary pieces of equipment for sport climbing outside is a personal anchor system, or PAS. Popular examples of these PAS climbing safety systems include the Metolius PAS, the Petzl Connect Adjust, and the Sterling Rope Chain Reactor. In this article, we’ll review the need for a personal anchor system while climbing, alternative … More Best Personal Anchor Systems (PAS) For Sport Climbing
Some high-end gifts for rock climbers and aspiring mountain climbers. … More Expensive Presents for Climbers
Passive protection devices—nuts / stoppers, hexes, and tricams— form the basis of any trad climber’s gear rack. These pieces are relatively inexpensive because they feature no moving parts. But “relatively inexpensive” in climbing is still “pretty expensive.” What Climbing Nuts Should You Buy? Consensus favorites: Black Diamond Stoppers and DMM Wallnuts Black Diamond Stoppers 4-13 Pretty … More Best Stoppers and Nuts for Trad Climbing
A common question that many beginner rock climbers have is: how much does it cost to buy all my own climbing gear? There is a bit of a perception out there that rock climbing is an expensive sport. It’s easiest to answer this question if we consider climbing as a sport with “tiers.” One enters at … More How Much Does it Cost to Get Into Rock Climbing?