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What Winter Gear are you Missing?

As the cold weather approaches and snow starts to fall we start to think about the the winter adventures that are to be sent and the gear we wish we had.  Below we break down all the key gear items you’ll need to stay prepared this winter. There are important considerations when making a purchase:

Why Fixe Ropes?

What Information should the Rope Include?  WHAT IS A FACTOR 2 FALL? The fall factor is used to determine the severity of a fall while climbing. It ranges from 0 to 2, with Factor 2 being the most severe. The fall factor is the ratio between the height of the fall and the length of

Safety Warning – Maillon Rapide

Peguet has publised a safety warning after a customer report of a cracked maillon rapide. More details can be found on the attached PDF or by navigating to the following page: https://www.peguet.com/news-gb

Precautionary Recall – CT Easy Speed

As a precautionary measure, Climbing Technology is voluntarily recalling its EASY SPEED (Ref. No. 2F714), subject to verification by the user. The recall is owing to a possible delay in the locking of the cam when used as follows:

UV Damage Webbing – Synthetic Materials overexposed to UV light degrades and weakens the fabric

Down here we all know about the harsh affects of UV damage! Did you know when synthetic material is overexposed to UV light it degrades it by breaking down the molecular bonds in the fibre structure, thus weakening the fabric? During Waitangi weekend Nat collected a piece of unknown UV damaged webbing on the route

Product Safety Update- Daisychain

Aspiring is voluntarily replacing all Daisychains manufactured since 2015. Although no accidents or failures have been reported a routine batch test identified a potential flaw in the design that could be easily fixed with a change in the production process. In the interests of customer safety Aspiring has decided to voluntarily establish a replacement programme.

The Lure of Caving

One of my favourite playgrounds is in a world that cannot be seen and most people don’t even know about. Little outcrops of limestone or marble along with streams and rivers emerging from hillsides can offer clues to the wonders that lie beneath your feet. Caving is often thought to be about thrutching around in

Tips for Planning an International Climbing Trip

Climbing in a new place, especially a new country, is always an adventure and planning it should be part of the fun. Over the years, I’ve climbed in a number of different countries including the US, England, Scotland, Wales, Spain, and France. Whether your sights are set on multi-pitch climbing in the Dolomites or deep

Ode to Belay Glasses

I’ll admit, when I first started seeing people with belay glasses, they were generally old white guys in gyms. I thought the glasses were a gimmick or just not worth the money unless you were rich, lazy, and elitist. Then, on a climbing trip to Spain, my partner was having some neck issues and couldn’t

Climbing in the Olympics – 2020 Update

Ever since 2016, when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to include climbing in the 2020 Olympics the format has been a hotly debated subject. The IOC is combining the three main forms of competitive climbing—speed, boulder, and sport—into one event and only offering one set of medals. I’ve covered the format before, interviewing chief