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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.