Survive the Winter Elements

October 13th, 2011 by gripped | Posted in 2011.05, Rack | Comments Off on Survive the Winter Elements

Constructed to protect climbers in the worst weather, these tents will remain standing after a night of howling wind and drifting snow.


Warm Jackets

October 13th, 2011 by gripped | Posted in 2011.05, Apparel, Gear, Rack | Comments Off on Warm Jackets

Stay warm during belays.





Belay Devices

August 17th, 2011 by gripped | Posted in 2011.04, Rack | Comments Off on Belay Devices

Here are some belay devices that should satisfy the need of most climbers – except perhaps the dedicated free soloist.





Lightweight or Beefy Quickdraws.

August 17th, 2011 by gripped | Posted in 2011.04, Rack | Comments Off on Lightweight or Beefy Quickdraws.

Weight reductions in quickdraws are a welcome improvement for many multi-pitch trad climbers and alpinists.





Beefy Ropes

May 30th, 2011 by gripped | Posted in 2011.03, Rack | Comments Off on Beefy Ropes

Larger diameter ropes with their thicker sheaths and cores, deliver better abrasion resistance, greater edge-cutting resistance and increased fall-catching performance. Here are some concepts worth considering when buying a thicker rope.





Road Tripping Essentials

May 30th, 2011 by gripped | Posted in 2011.03, Rack | Comments Off on Road Tripping Essentials

Here are some items that will help climbers get the most out of any climbing trip.





Big Harnesses for Big Comfort

May 30th, 2011 by gripped | Posted in 2011.03, Rack | Comments Off on Big Harnesses for Big Comfort

Big wall climbing requires a wide, supportive, Barcalounger-like harness, plush enough for the multi-hour leads required on most routes. Here are some options for any big wall.