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Rock and ice climbing gear and equipment, including shoes, harnesses, belay devices, ropes, protection, carabiners, clothes, packs, and helmets. Also reviews, recommendations, manufacturers, and gear maintenance and repair.
  1. Climbing Shoes (17)
  2. Climbing Harnesses (7)
  3. Belay and Rappel Devices (5)
  4. Climbing Ropes (6)
  5. Climbing Slings (10)
  6. Crampons (7)
  7. Packs (4)
  8. Ice Axes (5)
  9. Pitons (5)
  10. Climbing Clothes (5)
  11. Climbing Helmets (9)

10 Rock Shoe Buying Tips
The rock shoes you buy, even your first pair, is one of the most important climbing equipment purchasing decisions you will make. Learn here how to decide what rock shoes to buy and what kind of rock shoes you need.

Which Rock Shoes Should I Wear?
You're just learning how to climb and want to buy a new pair of rock climbing shoes. Learn the essentials here about what kind of shoes to buy and how they should fit your foot.

Your Climbing Harness
A climbing harness is a key piece of your personal climbing equipment. Your harness, with a waist belt and leg loops constructed of sewn webbing, connects you to your climbing rope with a knot. Learn here about the evolution and types of harnesses.

All About Carabiners
Carabiners are an essential piece of climbing equipment that you use every time you go climbing. Learn more about carabiners, the types of carabiner gates, and how they are used in the climbing safety system.

Portable Solar Chargers for Mobile Devices
Climbers like most outdoor enthusiasts take their mobile devices, including phones, GPS units, and tablets, out to cliffs and climbing areas. The biggest problem is keeping your devices charged and ready to work. The solution is found by buying an affordable portable solar chargers that you can take climbing and keep your phone working.

10 Tips to Place Better Nuts
Nuts, pieces of metal wedged into cracks, are an essential piece of climbing gear that protect you while leading a route or creating belay anchors. While nuts are easy to place, you need to learn to find the right crack, evaluate the placement, and set the nut by jerking it. Learn how to place great nuts by following these 10 important nut tips.

Essential Ice Climbing Equipment
You want to go ice climbing this winter, but what equipment do you need? Here is a list of all the climbing equipment you need to go ice climbing and stay warm outside in the winter, including a helmet, boots, harness, crampons, ice tools, headlamp, belay device, and warm clothes.

How to Clean Carabiners
Your carabiners get dirty and the gates stick. What's the best way to clean your carabiners? Read here and find out the best way to clean the carabiners you use when climbing.

Essential Sport Climbing Gear
Here's the equipment you need to go sport climbing, including rope, quickdraws, locking carabiners, and personal gear.

Top-Rope Climbing Equipment
Here's what you need to get out top-rope climbing, including rope, carabiners, slings, and personal gear.

Wear a Climbing Helmet
If you climb long enough, then you’re going to need to wear a climbing helmet. Climbing helmets protect your head from falling rock and in falls. Find out here about why you should wear a helmet.

Using a Daisy Chain
A daisy chain, used in rock climbing, is a length of webbing with variable-length sewn links which can be clipped into anchors with a carabiner. Learn here about daisy chains and how to properly use them.

Taking Care of Climbing Equipment
Climbing equipment takes a beating. Learn about caring and maintaining your climbing gear, including how to check and store gear, take care of your rope, and when to retire gear.

Spiky Plus Ice Cleats
A review of Spiky Plus ice cleats, which are attached to hiking and climbing boots for hiking and climbing on snow and ice slopes and trails.

Mobile Phones are Smart Tools for Climbing
Your smart phone or other mobile device is a great tool to take climbing and hiking in the mountains. Lots of useful outdoor apps help you find your way to the cliff, give route beta, provide GPS tracking, let you check the weather, helps you identify plants and animals, and takes photos and videos of your adventures. Find out how to use a smart phone in the field, how to protect it, and how to conserve and boost battery power.

5 Gifts That Make You Climb Like Chris Sharma
The holidays are coming and you have to figure out what you’re going to ask Santa for. “Okay,” you think, “I want to climb stronger cause I wanna send my project so I’m going to ask for Chris Sharma’s strength and style.” Then you think, “Oh right, Santa’s not a genie. He can’t make me into Sharma.” Chris Sharma, of course, is one of the world's best climbers. Year after ye…

Slings for Climbing -- All About Climbing Slings
Climbing slings, simply lengths of webbing that are tied or sewn into closed loops, are an essential piece of rock climbing equipment. Learn all about slings, how climbers use slings, the different materials used to make slings, and the differences between sewn and tied slings.

Resling Your Climbing Cams
The slings on your cams wear out and need to be replaced. Find out why you should replace cam slings, how often they need replacement, and who can do the replacement job for you.

All About Climbing Packs
You're going to need a pack whenever you go climbing, whether it's sport climbing at your local cliff or scaling a big mountain in the Rockies. Find out what are the five types of climbing packs you need to carry everything for your adventure and which pack is right for you.

Locking Carabiners
Locking carabiners are essential climbing equipment that keep you safe on the rocks. Learn all about locking carabiners, auto-locking carabiners,...

Climbing Helmets Wear Out
Climbing helmets wear out from regular use and from exposure to UV light. Learn when you should retire your helmet and buy a new one, and how to take care of your helmet to make it last longer.

Which Ice Axe Do You Need?
An ice axe is an essential piece of climbing equipment used in mountaineering from traveling across snow and ice. There are lots of different kinds of ice axes and ice tools available. Which ice axe do you need? Find out here how to determine which ice axe is best for your climbing adventures.

All About Crampons
Crampons are essential climbing equipment for climbing hard snow, ice falls, and mountains. Crampons, spikes attached to the bottom of your boots, allow you to climb all kinds of wild terrain. Learn more about crampons, the history of crampons, and the basic types of crampons.

Caving Equipment
You want to go underground and crawl around in caves? Here's all the essential equipment that you need to get out caving, including helmet, headlamp, oversuit, and personal gear.

All About Spring-Loaded Camming Devices
Spring-loaded camming devices (SLCDs) are essential pieces of climbing equipment for your rock adventures. Cams are placed in cracks for protection while you're leading or for belay anchors. Find out more about cams, what they are, how they work, why they're easy to place, and which ones you should buy.

10 Tips to Place Cams
Spring-loaded camming devices or SLCDs are an important part of your rack of climbing gear. While cams are easy to place, they are only safe and secure if you place them correctly. Learn how to place camming units; which cracks are best for cams; why you use quickdraws on cams; why cams aren't great for top-rope anchors; and how to remove stuck...

Climbing Chalk
Climbers use chalk or magnesium carbonate as a drying agent on their hands and fingers to decrease moisture, reduce slippage, and increase performance. What is climbing chalk and how does it work? Does it actually help you climb harder? Find out all about climbing chalk and the answers to these questions.

4 Types of Climbing Chalk
Climbers use chalk to dry sweaty hands and to enhance their grip on handholds. Find out here about the four types of climbing chalk that you can buy and use on the rock.

Use Colored Chalk to Leave No Trace
White climbing chalk leaves unsightly blotches on the surface of cliffs and boulders, as well as damages the rock surface. Many climbing areas, including most national parks, require climbers to use colored chalk which matches the color of the rock. Find out more about colored chalk and how to Leave No Trace of your passage when you're climbing.

Your Personal Trad Climbing Gear
Here's all the personal equipment that you need to go trad climbing with a buddy, including rock shoes, climbing harness, belay device, locking carabiners, personal anchor system, and a climbing helmet. Also shop and buy all the guide-recommended climbing gear you need.

Your Basic Trad Gear Rack
What do you need to buy to build a basic rack of equipment for traditional climbing? Here are my suggestions for starting to build your trad rack, including cams, nuts, slings, and carabiners.

BlueWater Titan Loop Chain
The BlueWater Titan Loop Chain is one of the best, lightest, and strongest personal anchor tethers available for rock climbers to clip themselves into anchors. Read this review for the BlueWater Titan Loop Chain, an important piece of guide-recommended climbing equipment.

All About Aiders
Aiders are the most important piece of gear for aid climbing. Aiders, taking the place of footholds, allow you to ascend blank faces by stepping up these ladders made of webbing. Read more about aiders, the 3 types of aiders, and what to know before you buy aiders.

Drink Liquids for Climbing Performance
It's important to stay properly hydrated when you're rock climbing, especially when it's hot outside. Learn how much you need to drink to stay hydrated and how to determine how much water to bring for a day of rock climbing.

Ascenders: Essential Climbing Equipment
Ascenders, mechanical devices used to ascend a fixed rope, are an essential piece of equipment used for climbing big walls and followoing aid routes. Learn all about ascenders, which ascenders you need for rock climbing, and important safety tips to follow when you are using ascenders.

All About Chalk Bags
Chalk bags are simply small fabric sacks that are filled with climbing chalk and carried on a belt around a climber's waist. Learn more about chalk bags, their different sizes and shapes, how to buy a chalk bag, and how to carry a chalk bag.

All About Nuts, Chocks, Wired Nuts, and Micro Nuts
Nuts, also called wired nuts, chocks, artificial chockstones, and micro nuts, are essential pieces of climbing equipment. Nuts are simply small pieces of metal that are wedged and slotted into cracks. A climber then attaches a rope or a knot to the nut with a carabiner, creating a solid and secure anchor. Find out all about nuts, what they are,...

Basic Bouldering Equipment
The beauty of bouldering is not just doing hard moves but also its minimalism. You dont need to spend lots of money on equipment to have fun on the boulders. Here are the 3 essential pieces of climbing equipment that you need to go bouldering.

How to Check Climbing Gear for Wear and Tear
Climbing equipment gets used and abused. We take our gear out in extreme environments so it can be easily damaged. Learn how to check and evaluate your important climbing gear--rope, harness, slings, helmet, and carabiners--so that you can retire old equipment before it breaks.

Which Clothes Should You Wear Climbing?
"What should I wear rock climbing?" is a popular question. The short answer is: Anything that is comfortable, loose-fitting, and doesn't restrict movement. Find out more about what kind of clothes you should wear rock climbing, what a good summer outfit is, and why you should dress in layers in cool weather.

Wear Climbing Shorts in Summer
Shorts are the best article of clothing to wear for warm weather rock climbing in the summer. Find out all about climbing shorts, how long they should be, what kind of fabric is best, why a gusset is important, and what kind of pockets your shorts should have.

Climbing Shoe Design and Lasts
Before you buy a pair of rock shoes, find out about the different types of rock shoes, how they are made, what a climbing shoe last is, the differences between board-lasted and slip-lasted shoes, and rock shoe construction.

How to Remove Stuck Camming Devices
Spring-loaded camming devices or cams are expensive pieces of climbing gear that can get stuck in cracks on routes. Learn tips and tricks and how to remove stuck cams, including using a nut tool and wired nuts, how to analyze the cam placement, and the reasons that cams get stuck in cracks.

The Best Mountaineering Glove System
When you're ice climbing or climbing high mountains, your hands are going to get cold. What's the best glove system to use to keep your hands and fingers toasty warm and free from the risk of frostbite? Learn from mountaineer Susan Paul how to create a glove system for winter climbing.

Keep Your Hands Warm
If you're ice climbing or mountaineering in the winter, it's easy to get cold hands and even frostbite. It's important to keep your hands warm. Find out more about how to keep your hands toasty and protect your digits from frostbite.

Seven Tips to Help You Buy the Right Harness
You want to buy a new harness? Here are seven tips on how to fit and buy a climbing harness. If you've never owned a harness before, it's best to shop at a store rather than buying one on-line so that you can try on different harnesses and find the best fit for your body type.

All About Climbing Bolts
Bolts, metal shafts placed in predrilled holes in the rock, are used by rock climbers for anchors and protection. Learn about the three main types of bolts used in climbing; the two types of bolt strengths that are important to climbers; and why thicker bolts are better than thin bolts.

Racking Gear for Trad Routes
Once you've decided what climbing equipment you're going to carry on a route, you need to organize it so that the gear is easy to reach and in a systematic order. Learn here how to properly rack climbing gear on a gear sling for trad climbing.

Review of GoLite Cady 2477 Jacket
The GoLite Cady 2477 Jacket is a warm, lightweight, and affordable insulated jacket with recycled synthetic fill. It offers great features at a low price and wears well at the crag.

Worn Carabiners Cut Climbing Ropes
Carabiners that are worn and sharpened by a climbing rope passing over them are extremely dangerous, especially for sport climbers who fall on them. Many accidents and even some fatalities have occurred after a lead climber fell, cutting his rope on the sharpened edge and hitting the ground. Read how to avoid using worn carabiners and the results of tests by Black Diamond on the strength of worn and damaged carabiners.

Rack Cams & Carabiners to Save Weight
How you rack your cams on your gear sling depends on the type of route you're climbing. Learn here if you should rack cams on their own carabiners or double them up and how to save weight on big racks of cams by using ultralight carabiners. Go light or go on a diet!

Rack Equipment on Harness Gear Loops
It's easier to rack your climbing equipment, including cams, nuts, and quickdraws, on the gear loops on your harness rather than on a gear sling carried over your shoulder. Learn here why it's easier much of the time to rack gear loops and how to efficiently rack your cams and nuts so you can quickly grab the right piece when lead climbing.

Your Personal Aid Climbing Gear
Aid climbing requires lots of equipment. You can start off using your regular gear but later you'll want to get a beefier harness and stiff rock shoes. Here's what you need for aid climbing, along with suggestions and tips for all your personal aid gear.

How to Buy a Crash Pad
Bouldering crash pads are an essential part of your bouldering equipment. Learn here about bouldering pad construction, what are the important structural elements and frills on bouldering pads, and tips on buying a bouldering pad.

The Evolution of Pitons in Rock Climbing
Pitons are one of the oldest tools used for rock climbing, originating from 1492 on the first ascent of Mont Aiguille in France. In the 20th century climbers refined the use of pitons, making lots of different sizes and shapes for different-sized cracks. Learn all about pitons; early use of pitons in Europe and the US; the use of pitons on...

The Clean Climbing Revolution
Pitons, repeatedly hammered into and out of cracks, cause a lot of environmental damage to rock surfaces, leaving unsightly piton scars behind and forever altering the rock. About 1970, climbers began using nuts instead of pitons to lessen rock damage and preserve rock resources. Read about piton use; the damage that pitons cause; the first nuts...

Angle Pitons
Definition of Angle Pitons, climbing equipment words for metal pitons or spikes that are hammered into cracks for climbing protection and anchors.

Take Night Sky & Star Photos
It's surprisingly easy to make stunning photographs at night of star trails and the stars when you're outside on a climbing trip. All you need is a digital camera, tripod, and some basic exposure and composition information and you'll be wowing the audiences at your climbing slideshow.

What Gear Should a Beginning Climber Buy?
"What is the essential climbing equipment that I need to buy when I am starting out rock climbing?" is one of the most commonly asked questions (FAQs) by beginning and novice rock climbers.

Energy Bars and Foods are Ideal for Climbing Nutrition
Energy foods and drinks, including energy bars, are an ideal food to take climbing and mountaineering. Energy bars are easy to carry, don't get damaged, last a long time, and have lots of nutrition. Read more about eating for climbing performance and energy foods.

Use Eco-Friendly and Animal-Friendly Climbing Equipment
Is rock climbing gear eco-friendly? Find out what climbing gear is environmentally-friendly and animal-friendly, how to buy equipment like eco-friendly rock shoes, and how to make your gear last to lessen your climbing footprint.

What to Bring on a Long Climbing Route
Before you climb a big route in a day, you need to figure out how much climbing equipment to bring and how you are going to carry it. Learn how to put together your rack, extra clothing, water and food, as well as essential extras.

All About Quickdraws: Essential Climbing Equipment
Quickdraws, simply sewn slings with two carabiners, are an essential and indispensable piece of equipment used by rock climbers, ice climbers, and mountaineers. Learn all about quickdraws and why climbers use them to reduce rope drag.

How to Assess Bolts on Climbing Routes
Climbing bolts are used for permanent anchors for lead protection, lowering, and rappelling on climbing routes. Learn how to assess bolts by their size, strength, placement, age, and type of rock they are in so you can climb safely.

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