"I get asked a lot at trade shows if I trust my gear."
-Karl Guthrie, Co-Founder of ClimbTech and Co-inventor of Removable Bolt
Lake Amistad, Texas
ClimbTech Co-Founder proves the faith he has in his own company's gear by falling 50 feet (though it may have been more like 60 or 70) off a rock overhang. Jeff Jackson, editor of Rock and Ice magazine, also gives his testimony to the faith he has in the ClimbTech Removable Bolt.
Wild Country and Climbing Magazine have produced a series of 'How To' videos designed to demonstrate basic climbing skills and techniques. In this video Julie Ellison, Climbing Magazine Gear Editor, demonstrates how to coil a rope.
There are many techniques for coiling a rope, depending on circumstance and in this video Julie shows off possibly the most useful, what she calls ‘the backpack coil’. This is a great way of coiling a rope that allows you to carry a rope in an unobtrusive manner if you’re walking down from the top of a crag or in any situation where you need free hands.
Julie is using a selection of Wild Country and Red Chili gear whilst making these videos and you can check out her gear here including: the 360 helmet http://bit.ly/YQJDmN the Vision women's harness http://bit.ly/12rzKQH as well as the Ion screwgate http://bit.ly/13lHKl2.
You can check out Red Chili shoes here: ww.redchili.de
You can also check out Wild Country's latest harness range including the superb new Summit and Spire here: http://bit.ly/15lkhUT
One of the benefits of being part of a search and rescue team, particularly one so close to a lot of climbing activity, it that you get to learn from the lessons of others mistakes.
Rocky Mountain Rescue members Dan Lack and Alison Sheets will share some of these important lessons from the last 15 years of climbing accidents in Boulder County.
This discussion, based on a paper published in 2012), will outline the simplest climbing accident prevention measures and dispel some of the myths on what causes climbing accidents.
The discussion will also provide some valuable insights on making an assessment, if an accident occurs, of whether you should call for organized rescue, and if you do, what you can do to tip the scales to a better outcome.