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Climb Safe: Extending a Cam Sling
To help make more climbers safer climbers, Rock and Ice has teamed up with Black Diamond Equipment to present the Climb Safe series.These articles aim to answer some of climbing's most common gear-related questions. Here, Kolin Powick, Black Diamond’s Director of Quality, looks at extending cam slings.
John Long: A Man for All Seasons
The myth of Oliver Moon changed the face of Yosemite climbing forever.
Steep is out, retro is in and shelf road is taking over by popular demand
Nobody thought twice when Sean plugged a meager five-point word onto the Scrabble board at the campsite in Hueco Tanks. He was, after all, losing by o...
A tricky crux, a surprise pop, a very fast 15-foot descent. I was delighted to find myself dangling from my beloved little blue Metolius. But when doing a quick body inventory, I noted that my left foot was attempting an inward 180. Suddenly, explosively, it hurt like hell. My partner Peter quickly lowered me, winced, and suggested we call an ambulance.
Climbtech Everyman's Pro Deal Quickdraw
Climbtech, the company that invented removable bolts [Field Tested, No. 174] has just come out with a line of price-point gear dubbed Everyman's Pro Deal. The new gear includes carabiners, ascenders, camming wedges, belay/rappel devices, pulleys and quickdraws.
Leg: Pulled Hamstring
About eight weeks ago I pulled my right hamstring at the attachment while heel hooking. I didn’t actually feel it until about five minutes after I’d come off the route, but once I did, holy cow!
How to Beat Fear
I learned to climb in the 1970s, before sport climbing. Back then, many climbs were dangerous and falling was taboo. Because of that early experience,...