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Climb Safe: Ascending Rappel Ropes 101
At some point in your climbing career, you’ll probably end up at the bottom of a double-rope rappel, marooned in space, staring wistfully at the next rap anchors overhead. Fear not! With a little bit of knowledge, you can quickly and easily climb the rap ropes. Here’s how.
John Long: Mountains of Trouble
The cement-bucket drop test, swami belts and the beginning of the end of a fabled climbing club.
The Black is Beautiful
TWO ESSAYS ON STUNNING DEVELOPMENTS IN COLORADO'S NOTORIOUS BLACK CANYON OF THE GUNNISON
John Long: What I've Learned
John Long, original Stonemaster and climbing's most popular writer, spills his guts.
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.
Omega Pacific Gym Pro Steel Carabiner
This affordable, hardened steel carabiner was made for use in gyms, where repeated lowering and toproping quickly wear grooves in standard aluminum biners, but the Gym Pro is equally applicable for outdoor use on anchors in high-traffic areas and on popular routes.
Fingers: Blown Tendons
I had pain about halfway down my forearm on the biggest and outermost tendon that connects in the middle right at the base of the palm. I think it happened after hanging too hard on my middle and ring fingers.