Review: Black Diamond Ion LED Headlamp

Review: Black Diamond Ion LED Headlamp Today we write you from the bottom of a dark cave, surrounded by bats, wearing Black Diamond’s newest iteration of their Ion headlamp. It’s cold and weird down here, but visibility is high and spirits are soaring thanks to BD’s new microlamp offering. The Ion headlamp was designed to

Review: Mammut Tusk 9.8mm Climbing Rope

  Review: Mammut Tusk 9.8mm Climbing Rope The Mammut Tusk 9.8mm rope is a classic workhorse rope from one of the most trusted names in climbing. Mammut has been around for over 50 years and has been the leader in climbing ropes for as long as we can remember. Their reputation goes a long way,

Review: Black Diamond Spot Headlamp

Review: Black Diamond Spot Headlamp Black Diamond Spot Headlamp A headlamp is an absolute necessity in a climber’s kit. It’s one of those gadgets that you don’t need at all… until you do. And when you do it’s usually a sketchball situation where you’re glad you have the headlamp. Our team had just such an

Review: Belay Shades Belaying Glasses

Review: Belay Shades Belaying Glasses Today we set our steely, Eastwood-esque gazes on a really interesting product that I don’t think many people have been exposed to: belay glasses. Belay glasses are pretty ingenious. They are regular glasses with the lenses replaced with upward-pointing prisms. The prisms bounce light from above you into your eyes.

The Best Beginner Climbing Shoes: Low Price and High Quality

The Best Beginner Climbing Shoes: High Quality, Low Price There are lots of different types and styles of climbing, but climbing shoes are a universal fact of life. Unless all you do is ice climb, you’re going to need some rock shoes. We’ve reviewed a lot of shoes here and there are many great options,

Review: Osprey Manta 20 Hydration Pack

Review: Osprey Manta 20 Hydration Pack Whether you live and breathe all-day multipitch trad epics or prefer to spend those hot, sunny afternoons projecting huge boulders, one thing is clear: you better bring some water. Hydration is critical to your performance as an athlete. We picked up the Osprey Manta 20 Hydration Pack recently and

Review: Sterling Evolution Velocity BiColor 9.8mm 70m Climbing Rope

Review: Sterling Evolution Velocity BiColor 9.8mm 70m Climbing Rope Sterling Ropes Evolution Velocity BiColor 9.8mm 70m Today we review the Sterling Evolution Velocity BiColor 9.8mm 70m rope. This is one of the best ropes we’ve ever laid our dusty mitts on. I’m excited to write about our experiences with it because it has been a

GoPro Video of Trad Climbing Lady Luck (4th pitch) in Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas Nevada

Check out this video of Team RI climbing some multipitch trad outside of Vegas! It’s a GoPro video of leading the fourth pitch of the 1,000-foot, 7-pitch 5.7 multipitch trad route called Lady Luck in First Creek Slabs, Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, Nevada. Hope you like it! Ariel Rugged Innovations

Gifts and Stocking Stuffers Ideas for Rock Climbers ($5 to $20)

The holidays are right around the corner and that means it’s time to get presents for the mountain men and women in your life. This can be challenging because we have so many gadgets and doodads. All these little aluminum trinkets, and you have no idea what any of them do. What do they really

Review: Grand Trunk Parachute Nylon Double Hammock

Review: Grand Trunk Hammock We spend our weeks working hard and our weekends scaling mountains, exploring forests, and otherwise causing a ruckus in mother nature. It’s rare that we have time to just do nothing. We shouldn’t neglect the importance of nothingness, though. The American Psychological Association’s research shows that relaxing in nature (specifically while

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