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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

climber resting in kneebar

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.

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.