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How to Rappel with a Figure 8 Device (GUIDE)

Ah, the humble figure 8— so simple; a big old number 8 shaped hunk of aluminum with a big hole and a small hole. Throughout my guiding career working with multiple outdoor companies, taking groups of clients out on a day of rappelling, the figure 8 device has been our go-to for the clients to […]

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Best Crack Climbing Shoes in 2020 (REVIEW GUIDE)

What is the best shoe for crack climbing? In my option with what I like in a crack climbing shoe, the La Sportiva TC Pros are the shoes I would pick if I were given free rein in a climbing gear shop. While they are the most expensive on the list, their mix of durability, […]

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Best Canyoneering Shoes in 2020 (REVIEW GUIDE)

​What are the best canyoneering shoes? I’m a fan of the Tennies from Five Ten. They’ve been a favorite of river guides for years thanks to their unprecedented durability, incredibly sticky sole, and flexible design that makes them the perfect shoe for climbing rock faces, swimming through streams, and everything in between. If you were […]

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How to Rappel with a GriGri Belay Device (GUIDE)

For most rock climbers, or at least the ones that I know, the GriGri is the holy grail of belay devices. It makes life just that much better! I know for me, I’ll always choose the Gri for belaying over, say, an ATC like device. While the GriGri is primarily a belay device, it can […]

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How to Rappel with an ATC (GUIDE)

When it comes to rappelling, there are multiple devices that can be used to get your feet back safely onto flat ground. By far, the most popular device for this purpose is an ATC​ from Black Diamond, and it’s been my weapon of choice for rappelling applications for my entire climbing life so far. Though it’s […]

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Best Static Rope for Rappelling in 2020 (REVIEW GUIDE)

You know that age-old saying: how long is a piece of string? Choosing the best static rope for rappelling feels a little like that. A static rope is just that, a rope that is static and doesn’t stretch. They all look identical, have almost the same features and strength ratings, and do the same job. ​So […]

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Can You Use a Dynamic Rope for Rappelling

When you’re shopping for ropes, you’ll see there are mainly two kinds: static and dynamic. In general, static ropes are made for rappelling, anchors, and hauling. Dynamic ropes are made for climbing. But what if you want to use a dynamic rope for rappelling? ​Can you use a dynamic rope for rappelling? Yes. It is […]

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