Equipment

Lightning strike showing how dangerous a wet climbing rope can be as it conducts electricity
Equipment

Can A Wet Climbing Rope Conduct Electricity?

Recently, some climbing friends had gathered together for a non-climbing scenario. I know, shocking, right? Anyway, one of the newer guys who had just gone out on his first crag after spending time on the climbing wall at the gym asked us about wet ropes and electricity. To me, it […]

Camp Matik belay device
Equipment

7 Best Belay Devices

Looking for a new belay device? Or perhaps you’re just beginning your adventures into climbing and getting your first one. Whatever the occasion, I hope I can provide some valuable insight to help guide you in the right direction. If you’re here, you know what a belay device is but […]

Woman climbing up a boulder wearing a Petzl climbing helmet
Equipment

7 Best Climbing Helmets

I’m going to go ahead and state the obvious here: climbing is a very dangerous sport to engage in. BUT, I’d like to put that “but” right in there and say this: that is why we have special safety equipment to protect us. When used properly, this equipment can protect […]

Locking carabiner and ropes on a climbing wall
Equipment

8 Best Locking Carabiners

The purpose of carabiners, in general, is to stay shut. But when you’re well above the ground, you don’t want to take the chance of trusting that it will stay shut. That’s why climbers favor locking carabiners to be extra sure that it’s not coming open until YOU open it […]

Petzl Grigri 2 Belay Device with orange climbing rope and carabiner
Equipment

Different Types of Belay Devices

Once into the world of climbing, you’ll be using a lot of new gear. Which is why, it’s important to know what does what and how each different item benefits you. There are plenty of awesome brands and it really depends on your needs and comfort for which one you […]

A climber using his climbing shoes to climb a wall
Equipment, How-tos

How Tight Should Climbing Shoes Be?

Climbing shoes should never hurt! They might be tight when you first start breaking them in, but they should never ever cause you pain. In this post, I’m going to talk to you more in-depth about how tight your climbing shoes should be and everything you need to know to make sure once you determine the best kind of climbing shoe for your needs that you choose a pair that fit just right.

Climbing shoes on a boulder 5 10 five ten
Equipment, How-tos

Different Types of Climbing Shoes

It all boils down to what you’re going to use your climbing shoes for, your preference of style, and your preference of materials. For beginners, I suggest the neutral style and you can work your way on up to a more technical shoe from there. Even when you do, that neutral shoe will be with you on your multi-pitch climbs to give you more comfort.