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How Tight Should Rock Climbing Shoes Be?

It’s the question as old as Friction Labs Unicorn Dust, how tight should rock climbing shoes be? When I first started climbing, I didn’t think a climbing shoe would be part of the climbing equipment I needed. Eventually, I rented climbing shoes at the gym and I could barely squeeze into them. I was embarrassed […]

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Equipment For Rock Climbing – The Climber’s List

List of Rock Climbing Equipment Shoes La Sportiva FinaleTC Pro Belay Device Petzl GriGri Climbing Harness Black Diamond Momentum Harness Bouldering Gear Mad Rock Mad Pad Rope Sterling Evolution Velocity Dynamic Sport Climbing Equipment Black Diamond Vapor HelmetPetzl Spirit Express Quickdraw Trad Rack Wild Country FriendDMM Alloy Offset Nuts I was taking some friends climbing […]

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Rock Climbing Gear Packages: The Eight Best

Rock climbing gear packages are an excellent way to get new gear and save some money… so you can buy more gear! Whether you’re a beginner at the gym or a seasoned trad fiend eyeing your next ultra classic multi-pitch, these climbing gear packages will keep your wallet full and your closet stocked. Also, check […]

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Beginner Rock Climbing Gear: Five Pieces You Need

If you’re a beginner at rock climbing, here are five pieces of gear to get you started off on the right hold! We here at ORB have created this gear guide for new climbers heading to the gym. We’ve taken our past experiences into account and are recommending pieces of gear that will have longevity […]

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What is Climbing Rope Made of?

What exactly is climbing rope made of? Climbing ropes are the most critical component in a climber’s safety system. Modern climbing ropes are made of materials that are both incredibly strong and durable. I know whenever I buy a dynamic climbing rope, I usually find a color and pattern we like and buy it. We […]

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The Truth About Gear For The AMGA SPI Assessment

Let’s gear up and find the truth about gear for the AMGA SPI Assessment (and here’s how to pass the SPI Exam on your first try) The American Mountain Guide Association Single Pitch Instructor Assessment is a two day (16-hour) exam. The exam is the follow-up to a three-day (24 hours) course. The course and […]

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Rock Climbing Gifts

Searching for rock climbing gifts for the climber in your life? It’s easy to smile and nod when you listen to rock climbers talk about their latest escapades, but what are we supposed to do now that we have to actually find gifts for climbers!? Yea, we could just get them an REI gift card, […]