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Black Diamond founder Yvon Chouinard famously said he didn't own a tent until he was almost forty. Coming from an expert like Chouinard, who put up first ascents on El Cap, Fitz Roy and the South Howser Tower in the 60s, it might make you think tents aren't necessary. However, Chouinard wasn't your average climber, he survived entire seasons in Yosemite by dumpster diving, hunting porcupines and eating cat food. To boot, tents of his era were heavy, cumbersome and not particularly waterproof, making the underside of boulders and snow caves comfier than the tents available to him.
Since the Golden Age in The Valley, manufacturers have been refining their products and are now offering a wide range of tent options for a spectrum of activities from car camping to high altitude climbing. The abundance of options can make the buying process complicated, so we wanted to offer some insights into the world of tents. We'll go over a few defining characteristics of tents, explain what 30D x 430T fabric is, offer some advice to maximize the lifespan of your precious tent, and ultimately help you decide which tent you'll call basecamp for your next mission.
Carabiners come in a variety of shapes and sizes, are designed for different purposes and have become very specialized over recent years. This guide is designed to help the reader understand which carabiner is best suited to which application and to help them make an informed purchase. The following is a breakdown of the different aspects you should consider when buying a carabiner.
So you're looking for a pair of mountain boots. Maybe you want to summit Denali or maybe you want to tackle the famous WI5+ La Pomme d'Or. Maybe you just want to have a shot at Garibaldi next summer. If you have already started shopping, you've likely noticed the numerous designs available on today's market, but might be confused by the abundance of options.
To help you decide and understand, we will describe some important mountain boot characteristics and the way they impact their performance. We'll then break down all of the available models into a few categories from which to choose, depending on your intended use. Whether you're looking for a high altitude, ice climbing or summer mountaineering boot, we've got you covered.
Due to the ease and convenience of quickly selecting, placing, and removing cams, and with their superior performance in parallel cracks, cams are the staple of the modern day crack climbing rack.
Your rope is your lifeline and, when it comes to climbing, it's arguably the most important piece of safety gear. So, it makes sense to know what you need out of a rope. In this article we discuss the key features, decision points, and end uses when selecting your next rope.