Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole 20 Litre Pack

August 16th, 2019 by Dave Smart | Posted in Gear | No Comments »

One of the best lightweight packs of the year


Petzl Hirundos, a lightweight, flexible, indoor and crag harness

August 8th, 2019 by Dave Smart | Posted in Gear | Comments Off on Petzl Hirundos, a lightweight, flexible, indoor and crag harness

This is the third iteration of the Hirundos and Petzl has been improving it in small ways with every new release


Crag Etiquette: Finesse Your First Trips to the Rocks

July 19th, 2019 by Dave Smart | Posted in News, Profiles, Special Feature | Comments Off on Crag Etiquette: Finesse Your First Trips to the Rocks

You’ve had fun at the gym, learned a lot of great movements, mastered belaying indoors and heard tell of the outdoors where the sport began. You’re confident you know the safety techniques of outdoor […]


The All-Arounder Rope Bag: Edelrid Drone 2

July 16th, 2019 by Dave Smart | Posted in Gear, Special Feature | Comments Off on The All-Arounder Rope Bag: Edelrid Drone 2

If you don’t already have a rope bag, you should get one now. Flaking and dragging rope through the dirt can cause it to wear out 25 per cent sooner than if you keep […]


Great Sling Options: Petzl Anneau and Black Diamond Rabbit Runner

July 10th, 2019 by Dave Smart | Posted in Gear, Profiles | Comments Off on Great Sling Options: Petzl Anneau and Black Diamond Rabbit Runner

Two great sling options for your summer climbing


How to Choose a Baaa-ase Layer: The Merits of Merino

July 2nd, 2019 by Dave Smart | Posted in Apparel, Gear, Gripped Outdoors, Special Feature | Comments Off on How to Choose a Baaa-ase Layer: The Merits of Merino

Wool: The Choice for the Real Backcountry You’re a long way from the trailhead. It’s getting late, you’ve worked up a sweat, the temps are dropping and you can feel the cold air seeping […]


A Multi-Pitch Belay Device: Edelrid GigaJul

June 27th, 2019 by Dave Smart | Posted in Gear, Hardware | Comments Off on A Multi-Pitch Belay Device: Edelrid GigaJul

Following the success of their Jul and GigaJul devices, Edelrid has introduced the GigaJul. The GigaJul offers the unique ability to switch between assisted and unassisted belaying using the same device. To switch, just […]


Start Climbing Outdoors this Summer: A Friendly Primer for Gym Climbers

June 18th, 2019 by Dave Smart | Posted in Profiles, Special Feature | Comments Off on Start Climbing Outdoors this Summer: A Friendly Primer for Gym Climbers

If you’ve learned to climb in a gym, you are probably curious about how to start climbing outside on real rock. This article will tell you what you need to know and the gear […]


Black Diamond PosiWire Quickpack for All-rounders and New Climbers

June 6th, 2019 by Dave Smart | Posted in Gear, Hardware, Profiles | Comments Off on Black Diamond PosiWire Quickpack for All-rounders and New Climbers

A quickdraw that features the best of both carabiner worlds


Metolius Upshot Belay Glasses: See Better to Belay Better

May 28th, 2019 by Dave Smart | Posted in Accessories, Gear, Profiles | Comments Off on Metolius Upshot Belay Glasses: See Better to Belay Better

Belay glasses won’t win any fashion contests for eyewear. They look a little like the trick “see around the corner” glasses that used to be advertised on the front page of comic books. But […]