Outdoor Research Belay Gloves Review (Direct Route Glove, Fossil Rock Gloves & Splitter Work Gloves)

Outdoor Research Belay Gloves Review (Direct Route Glove, Fossil Rock Gloves & Splitter Work Gloves)

Often overlooked, belay gloves can make or break a day of climbing. From long days at the crag to long multi-pitch routes belay gloves should always come along in your pack. Nothing ruins a good day of climbing like dirty, raw palms from belaying your partner over and over on their project that they are “just a few moves away from sending”.

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What's in Your "Oh Shit Kit"?

What's in Your "Oh Shit Kit"?

In preparation for another season instructing in the Colorado Rockies, I've been sorting through my gear closets and passing along the equipment that I no longer use or need. When I came across my emergency kits, it occurred to me I don't remember everything I put into these many months ago when I made them. With that in mind I figured this was the perfect opportunity to talk about emergency preparedness. 

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Why Your Phone is More Useful Than a Map and Compass

Last week I came across an article from the Washington Post discussing the flaws of relying on the use of GPS to navigate and so proclaimed “lost art of map and compass skills”. While at first I found myself agreeing with the author, I quickly became lost by the argument that a GPS unit (or more likely, a smartphone GPS) isn’t as useful or powerful as a standard map and compass. While the main argument of the author was that more and more hikers are becoming lost due to failure to utilize the appropriate tools to navigate, I couldn’t help but returning to the argument of usefulness.

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