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How to assemble your first kit.

Turns out your favorite dirtbag climbers aren't the only gross thing hanging out at the local wall.

You need only the essentials, but make sure you know what to look for

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Mike Libecki has climbed some of the world’s most remote and demanding walls, often alone, in pursuit of embracing the unknown. Now, for the first time ever, the man who wouldn’t “ration passion” is bound for Antarctica on his greatest expedition yet with the perfect partner in tow—his 11-year-old daughter.

The outdoor adventure company doesn't do girly. Their new women's gear is designed for adventurers, explorers, and athletes who play in the mountains for a living. Not surprisingly, the apparel works pretty well for the rest of us, too.

Lightweight, durable, and comfy, this gear finds its way into Chris Solomon's pack every time he heads out the front door.

Lighten up your kit for faster ascents.

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For years, professional climbers Freddie and Janet Wilkinson would come home from some of the world’s tallest mountains to a 12-by-12-foot box they built on a New England hill. Why? Because big lives need few walls.

Would you buy a $400 tie—if it's been to the top of Everest?

Forget about rubbing two sticks together. Without matches, your only hope of getting a fire started in the wild is to take advantage of other tools at your disposal. Mykel Hawke—a former U.S. Army Special Forces Green Beret and founder of survival school Spec Ops—recommends two easy,…

The chemistry-led quest to create the world’s best super chalk blends for climbers and weight lifters

The polar explorer talks about the gear, prep, and mental conditioning necessary to undertake what he hopes will be longest unsupported polar journey in history

I'm wondering could you recommend some sunglasses that could block 100% UV and 82-91% visible light. I want to use it for high altitude climbing and snow activities.

The Black Diamond pack that promises to set a new standard for avalanche survival gear

A free guide to Red Rocks in Nevada

Climbing is an intrinsically risky sport, so it's important to buy a little insurance wherever you can, especially where your kids are concerned.

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Peter Metcalf has transformed his company, Black Diamond, into one of the fastest-growing and innovative outdoor-gear and apparel makers in the world. Here he talks about their most radical product yet, a next-generation avalanche airbag-equipped backpack.

The traditional climbing gym is about to evolve—or at least that’s what the owner of Brooklyn Boulders believes. With a second, satellite location slated to open this spring in Somerville, Massachusetts, the company is planning to house an unusual and disparate blend of climbing, retail, working, and community spaces under one roof.

Ali Carr Troxell spoke to Climbing's Julie Ellison and Jes Nelson, a manager at Bent Gate gear store, after they climbed the 5.7 route about the experience and what pieces of gear were pivotal

I do a lot of ice and mixed climbing in rocky areas of New England. What are the best crampons for me?

When world renowned alpinist/speed climber Ueli Steck has a new gear idea, his sponsors hit the drawing board to turn that idea into product. So when Steck told Scarpa he wanted the lightest insulated boot…

Scaling rock and ice in the winter is serious business. Bring the right stuff.

Dealing with your climbing rope at the crag is often a tangley affair. Most rope bags are some sort of sack that holds a detached tarp. While you’re climbing, the tarp is out of the bag with the rope piled on top of it, protecting the rope…

In Powderwhore's first ski trailer for its 2012 Choose Your Adventure, Chris Davenport is on a boat, one in Antarctica, skiing sick lines, singing and dancing and raising the roof.  He’s probably crooning so contentedly because he is in one of the…

The latest addition to Metolius's SafeTech line, the Patriot is a lightweight, minimalist harness that weighs in at just 14 oz.

There's been a lot of coverage of the this year's climbing season on Everest, and I'm curious as to what day-to-day life is like at the roof of the world. What are the basic necessities?

Five Ten’s Guide Tennie Canvas is a few ounces lighter than the original but every bit as capable on talus and techy trails.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2012 Summer Buyer's Guide, including the 5.10 Coyote Canvas climbing shoes.

Climber Freddie Wilkinson demonstrates what it takes to get a shower when living in a 12×12 New Hampshire cabin without running water.

This February, Jonathan Siegrist climbed a 5.14d/5.15a, one of the hardest sport climbs in the United States. Adam Roy reports on America’s homegrown climbing star.

An oldy but goody: The story of North Face athletes Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk’s attempt to climb India’s Meru. After 20 days on the wall, the giant fin of rock turns the team back.

Duct Tape Then Beer tackles a big wall in Nevada’s Red Rocks. Here’s how you can repeat the trip.

Duct Tape Then Beer shoots the best of ice climbing in the White Mountains. Here’s how you can repeat the trip.

Duct Tape Then Beer ticks off an ultra-classic mountaineering route in the Bugaboos. Here’s how you can repeat the trip.

Things were going well for Ed Warren and his ice-climbing partner until they got hit with an avalanche. Read True Tales Behind the Web’s Best (Worst) Moments for the behind the scenes story.

Sport climber Emily Harrington sends a 5.14b in Rifle, Colorado. See what it took in Andy Mann‘s short film.  …

Veteran alpinists Mark Richey and Steve Swenson attempt Saser Kangri II, the second highest unclimbed mountain in the world. More at theoldbreedmovie.com.

Conrad Anker and Ali Carr talk about the new jackets in The North Face’s latest lineup. Read Anker’s story of the failed ascent that inspired the new gear.

A look at how managers at Ouray, Colorado’s Ice Park prepped the walls for their 17th annual ice-climbing competition. A film by Allison Otto and Sam Bricker.

The story of 53-year-old climber Alf Randell and why he decided to prioritize climbing over money. Read more about him here.

The first ascent of a 5.14d by a woman. Read Adam Roy's list of the best climbing stories in 2011 here.

Watch Austrain climber Bernd Zangerl on the second ascent of Entlinge.

Behind the scenes with Jimmy Chin and the Camp 4 Collective as they gear up for a shoot in Wyoming’s Tetons.

Watch Chris Alstrin‘s film of Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker taking on the hardest off-width cracks in the world. Read about it here.

When reports surfaced last month that adidas was planning to acquire American climbing and outdoors shoe maker Five Ten, the companies dismissed them as rumor. Yesterday, however, they made it official: the German giant has reached an agreement to…

 The first winter ascent of GII made our top-ten list of adventure and climbing stories in 2011. You can purchase the award-winning documentary at Sender Films.  …

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2012 Winter Buyer's Guide, including the Cassin X-All -Mountain ice ax

Preview of the first winter ascent of GII by The North Face athletes.

I've been indoor climbing in my Vibram Five Fingers and I can't seem to move onto harder routes. Are my toes holding me back? Could you suggest a beginner climbing shoe for me?

Taking a cold camera inside a warm, moist tent is asking for trouble. So what do you do when filming on Everest? Outside Adventure Film School…

You are going to mistakes while filming and climbing the world's highest mountain. Michael Brown shares some of his. Outside Adventure Film School…

At the peak, the climbers and videographers will be physically and mentally spent. So how can one ensure good shots? Outside Adventure Film School…

Award-winning director Michael Brown talks about how to get the best shots, by staying ahead of climbers.

I know many readers are self proclaimed Gear Junkies so I thought a brief review of my gear I used to summit Everest would be of interest. As usual, these are not endorsements and I always paid for my gear unless noted otherwise. Overall, I used the same items…

Award-winning director Michael Brown walks you through his equipment and editing station.

A durable approach shoe built for scrambling over rough terrain.

In the first of a new web series, award-winning director Michael Brown and the pros at Outside Adventure Film School test out gear before heading to Everest.

Outside's Grayson Schaffer shows you how to tie a figure eight in a few easy steps.

Michael Brown and his team at Serac Adventure Films pack up for Everest.

Grayson Schaffer shows you how to tie a bowline in a few simple steps.

How to tie a prusik knot in a few easy steps.

Director Michael Brown returns from Everestto break down another season of filming.Outside Adventure Film School…

Fresh off her third successful summit of Everest, climber Melissa Arnot takes time out during Outside in Aspen Weekend. smalldogonthego.com…

Freesoloist Alex Honnold joins Jimmy Chin’s Camp 4 Collective on a trip to unclimbed towers in Chad’s Ennedi desert. Read David Robert’s profile of Honnold here.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Mammut 9.6 Climax Rope.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Black Diamond Hoodwire quickdraws.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Millet Wall 32 pack.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Metolius Wood Grips Compact Training Board.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Five Ten Hornet shoe.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the La Sportiva Python Slipper.

Go behind the scenes of Outside‘s April cover shoot with photographer Michael Muller and climber Jimmy Chin of Camp 4 Collective in California’s Death Valley.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Petzl Grigri 2 belay device.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Black Diamond Gridlock Screwgate Carabiner.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Arc'teryx S-220 LT Harness.

What's the best women's ice axe? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

For your first shoe, go with a simple yet versatile style and stick to easy on/off Velcro. The Hybrid handled both slab and crack climbs, thanks to its sticky rubber, which is also engineered for longer wear. millet.fr…

Sterling’s 70-meter, 10.1-millimeter Marathon Pro rope strikes a good balance between lightness and durability. sterlingrope.com…

A harness is more than just something to hang by. You’ll want it to be durable with plenty of gear loops for carabiners, like the featherweight (only 11.2-ounce) R-280. Sure, it might look paper-thin, but its strength-dispersing technology uniformly distributes your body weight for maximum comfort.

We also like Black Diamond HotWire Quickdraws. The key-lock gate on the top ‘biner won’t catch on bolt hangers, while the wire gate saves weight. bdel.com…