Rock Star Peter Croft’s Crag Pack is the TNF Cinder 40

May 17th, 2019 by Dave Smart | Posted in Accessories, Gear, Profiles | Comments Off on Rock Star Peter Croft’s Crag Pack is the TNF Cinder 40

It’s an open secret that some manufacturers have not learned: cragging is really hard on backpacks. Lots of packs can carry your load, haul bags can do it without tearing, but even in their […]


Evolution in Climbing Ropes with Sterling Evolution VR9

May 6th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Gear, Ropes | Comments Off on Evolution in Climbing Ropes with Sterling Evolution VR9

The Sterling Evolution series offers a broad range of ropes, and the Evolution VR9 fits into the category of a great all-rounder for rock climbers. It has a Dry Core treatment to prevent water […]


Re-enter the Ninja: Boreal Updates its Classic Slipper

April 29th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Footwear, Gear, Indoor Climbing, Profiles | Comments Off on Re-enter the Ninja: Boreal Updates its Classic Slipper

When Boreal introduced the Ninja it was the first-ever slipper style climbing shoe. Since then, the comfortable and pliable slipper style shoe has evolved and become a staple shoe for all types of climbers. […]


See the New Black Diamond Zone Climbing Shoe

April 26th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Footwear, Gear, Profiles | Comments Off on See the New Black Diamond Zone Climbing Shoe

The new Black Diamond Zone climbing shoe is a high-performance shoe built with the much-loved knit technology. Designed for hard, steep climbing, the Zone combines excellent breathability and comfort, thanks to the knit upper, […]


The Sterling Hollowblock for Rappel Back-Up

April 26th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Gear, Ropes | Comments Off on The Sterling Hollowblock for Rappel Back-Up

Smart climbers use a prusik, AutoBlock or klemheist hitch as a back-up when they rappel. Wear and tear from friction means that climbers tend to keep a particular sling just for this purpose that […]


Patagonia Provisions Introduces New Belgian-Style Wit Beer

April 1st, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Gear, News | Comments Off on Patagonia Provisions Introduces New Belgian-Style Wit Beer

Patagonia Provisions, in partnership with Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) in Portland, has just released Long Root Wit, a classic Belgian-style wit beer made with organic ingredients and Kernza perennial grain. Looking for solutions to […]


Perfect for Multi-Pitching: Hang Dogs Shoe Keepers

March 31st, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Footwear, Gear | Comments Off on Perfect for Multi-Pitching: Hang Dogs Shoe Keepers

The Hang Dogs Shoe Keepers offer a quick and easy way to remove your shoes on multi-pitch routes without the fear that your shoes will fall. Airing your feet out between pitches, while your […]


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, […]


Patagonia’s R1 Turns 20 and Has Fresh New Look

February 13th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Apparel, Gear, News, Profiles | Comments Off on Patagonia’s R1 Turns 20 and Has Fresh New Look

Even after 20 years, Patagonia’s iconic R1 midlayer remains a benchmark for alpine efficiency. For the 20th anniversary of one of our favorite products, Patagonia is celebrating the amazing adventures (and mishaps) that have […]