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Climber rappelling with tag line

How to rappel with a tag line

When you need to make long rappels but don’t want to climb with double ropes, using a tag line with a single rope offers certain advantages. Here’s how.

climber tied into figure 8 knot

Figure 8 vs Bowline

Which is better for tying in – a figure 8 or bowline? Here, I try to answer that question by looking at the pros, cons, and best uses for each.

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

climber in kneeler

How to kneebar

Besides allowing you to cop a no-hands rest, a kneebar can also free up a hand to clip or make an otherwise difficult reach. This is how you do it.

climber resting on route

How to rest on route

Whether you climb 5.11 or 5.13, being able to rest on route can make the difference between a send and flail.

climber leading trad route

Essential skills needed in trad climbing

When honing their craft, new tradsters usually focus on their gear skills, but there’s more to trad climbing than being able to place nuts and cams.

climber leading trad route

How to lead on trad gear

Before you rope up for your first trad lead, you need to know how to place and extend gear. Here’s how it is done.

One climber spots another

Essential spotting techniques for bouldering

Besides lowering the risk of injury, solid spotting skills can give your climbing partners the confidence they need to push their limits

climber falling

How to overcome a fear of falling

Conquering your fear of falling is the most important thing you can do to improve your climbing and have more fun.