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climber belaying with Grigri

Are assisted-braking belay devices safer?

The answer should be obvious, but this misconception about assisted-braking devices still persists. Time to clear things up once and for all

collection of ultralight backpacking gear

How to choose gear for ultralight backpacking

Ultralight gear isn’t cheap. Avoid any post-purchase dissonance by learning how to choose the right gear for going fast and light.

hiking in the Cederberg

Is it right to go light? The pros and cons of ultralight backpacking

Learn everything you need to know before taking an ultralight approach to your next backpacking trip.

runner negotiating wet trail

Gear for trail running in the rain

With a little preparation and the right gear, you can stay reasonably dry and warm regardless of what mother nature throws at you.

climber belaying with dry rope

Is a dry rope worth the cost?

Dry ropes have their benefits, but are they worth the extra cost. This guide gives you everything you need to know to make an informed decision.

climbers inspecting rope

When to retire a rope

Is your rope looking the worse for wear? Here’s how to tell if it’s time to retire it.

tarp rigged in A-frame configuration

Gear guide: tarps

Tarps come a wide range of shapes, styles, and sizes. Here you’ll learn what to look for when picking out your next ultralight shelter.

trad climber leading on double ropes

One rope or two: when to use half ropes

How do you choose between the simplicity of a single rope and versatility of two half ropes? Here you can learn which to use when.

waterproof symbol

Waterproof-breathable fabrics explained

If you’ve ever wondered what is meant by ‘DWR’, ‘tricot’ or ‘water-resistant’, you’ll find answers to your questions about waterproof fabrics right here.