The Black Diamond Reactor is Ice Climbing Machine

March 3rd, 2020 by Brandon Pullan | Posted in Gear, Hardware | Comments Off on The Black Diamond Reactor is Ice Climbing Machine

The Black Diamond Rector is one of the best pure ice tools on the market


Omega Pacific is Closing For Good After 38 Years

January 25th, 2020 by gripped | Posted in Gear, Hardware, News | Comments Off on Omega Pacific is Closing For Good After 38 Years

The manufacturer of Link Cams opened their doors in 1982


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 […]


Check Out the New Black Diamond Z4 Cams

June 10th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Gear, Hardware, News | Comments Off on Check Out the New Black Diamond Z4 Cams

The new cams feature an innovative stem


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



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Watch How to Set Up A Metolius Portaledge

May 30th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Gear, Hardware | Comments Off on Watch How to Set Up A Metolius Portaledge

A how to guide to setting up a Portaledge and fly and pack it back up again.


Edelrid Spoc is a Slick and Efficient Capture Pulley

May 21st, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Gear, Hardware, Profiles | Comments Off on Edelrid Spoc is a Slick and Efficient Capture Pulley

The Spoc is a really compact little motion-capture device, (meaning, simply, the rope slides through it in one direction and locks when weighted). It’s beautifully made, fits well in the hand despite its small […]


Here are Five Reasons to Wear a Climbing Helmet

March 21st, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Gear, Hardware, News | Comments Off on Here are Five Reasons to Wear a Climbing Helmet

Over the past few years, there’s been a number of serious injuries and deaths from climbing accidents. Last year, a high-profile one involving top British climber Mina Leslie Wujastyk left many climbers thinking about […]


Russ Clune is a Legendary American Climber

March 19th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Gear, Hardware, Video | Comments Off on Russ Clune is a Legendary American Climber

Russ Clune is a cornerstone of the company Black Diamond’s history and an integral part of climbing’s humble beginnings in America. Recently, Sam Elias paid Clune a visit at his home in the Gunks, […]


First Look: New Cassin Alpinst Tech Crampons for 2019

February 11th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Gear, Hardware, Ice, News | Comments Off on First Look: New Cassin Alpinst Tech Crampons for 2019

The new Cassin Alpinist Tech is an aggressive mono-point that has a shorter secondary point for more support and stability. We got a first look at the new crampons at the Denver Outdoor Retailer […]



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