How-tos for the Climber

To set up your own anchor for a climbing top rope (or slackline, or car stuck in a ditch), all you need is a 20-foot piece of webbing, a carabiner, and a tree.

» Learn How to Build a Bomber Anchor
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Build a Bomber Anchor

To set up your own anchor for a climbing top rope (or slackline, or car stuck in a ditch), all you need is a 20-foot piece of webbing, a carabiner, and a tree.

» Learn How to Build a Bomber Anchor

Stroll Away from a Fall

Riding the ragged edge of your skill level is key if you want to break through in any sport, so brutal endoes, yard sales, and whippers are de rigueur. Soften those blows with a little preemptive TLC from the experts.

» Learn How to Stroll Away from a Fall


Know if Your Rope is Safe

Is there anything I can do to physically check the condition of my rope and feel comfortable using it for glacier travel? I truly hate to toss a rope after one trip.

» Learn How to Know if Your Rope is Safe

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Choose an Ice Axe

I’ve done a small amount of mountaineering and have been trained on how to use an ice axe. But now I’m getting more into the sport and would like to buy my own equipment. How do I pick out an ice axe?

» Learn How to Choose an Ice Axe

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Tie the Most Useful Knot in the World

Look cool, tie a bowline.

» Learn How to Tie the Most Useful Knot in the World


Fix a Hole in a Down Jacket

Don't throw out your down jacket just yet. Patch that sucker up and march on.

» Learn Fix a Hole in a Down Jacket

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