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Climb Safe: Top Roping is Not So Safe
Toproping is so safe it’s virtually foolproof, right? Think again. Just a brief belay lapse can produce high loads, testing the holding power of your gear. In this week's Climb Safe, Rock and Ice field-tests real-world climbing scenarios.
TNB: The Only Blasphemy
John Bachar laces up his boots and cinches the sling on his chalk bag. “Ready?” Only then do I realize he means to climb all two thousand feet solo, without a rope. To save face, I agree, thinking: Well, if he suggests something too crazy, I’ll just draw the line. I was the first to start soloing out at Josh anyhow.
"The best story I know of Bridalveil Falls," says Vince Anderson, "involves a couple of friends who ended up in an all-night chase through the forest, eventually eluding the police."
A new user-friendly crag may offer the best fix of all.
Arco Climbing Comp, the Face of 2010
The mighty Grimer and the world's best climbers square off at Arco.
Black Diamond Cobra Ice Tool Review
The carbon-fiber Cobra has the rigidity of a steel pipe with virtually none of the weight, and what heft there is, is mostly in the head, right where it should be. The best part, though, is the tool's feel.
Fingers: Taping Truths
I found a study comparing various taping methods for pulley injuries. It mentions the H taping method as the best. What is the H method?
Climbing Literacy - Get Better Instantly by Reading Routes
When it comes to route reading, many climbers don’t. Instead, they simply leap on the rock and see what happens. Yet route reading is a crucial skill that has a powerful and direct effect on performance. Here's how to do it.