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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 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.

climber inspecting damaged 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.

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.

collection of carabiners

Gear guide: carabiners

Given how long your hardware can last, it’s worth giving some thought to what carabiners you want in your rack. Learn all you need to know here.

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Gear guide: quickdraws

The right quickdraws can make clipping easier or lighten the weight of your rack. Here’s how you choose the best draws for your climbing objectives.

climber on rock face

Rock climbing gear: a beginner’s guide

If you’re just getting into climbing, this gear guide can tell you what equipment you need, why you need it, and when to buy it.

climber carrying rope

How to choose a climbing rope

With half ropes, single ropes, different diameters, and varying lengths, choosing a new rope is no easy thing. Luckily you’ve found this handy gear guide.