First Look Review: Beal Gully Half/Twin Ropes

Beal has really been setting the standard for superlight and safe climbing ropes lately and the new(ish) Gully is no exception. Amazingly light and dry the Gully half/twin ropes excel at alpine and ice climbing. The biggest selling feature for me is the Unicore technology that bonds the sheath to the core and in doing so drastically increases safety (not to mention durability). After a … Continue reading First Look Review: Beal Gully Half/Twin Ropes

Review: Edelrid Rap Line II (new)

Climbing with a rappel or tag line can offer a number of advantages over using double or twin ropes in many situations.  As a result they’ve been quickly gaining in popularity. Traditionally a long piece of accessory cord was the go-to for a tag line.  However, due to increasing popularity, many companies now make a specific product for this use including Sterling Ropes, Mammut, Petzl, … Continue reading Review: Edelrid Rap Line II (new)

Beal Opera

Beal Opera 8.5mm Single Rope Review

The Beal Opera 8.5 is not only the lightest and thinnest single rope on the market, with the inclusion of Beal’s UNICORE technology, it’s also a very safe rope.  While it didn’t hit the market in North America with much fanfare this rope, and the Unicore tech in general, is a game changer!  One of the biggest dangers in climbing is damaging or cutting a rope: sharp … Continue reading Beal Opera 8.5mm Single Rope Review

Refreshing the Center Mark on a Climbing Rope

I often get asked how I mark the middle of my climbing ropes when the factory marks start to fade.  As I’m sure you know many manufacturers warn against using any dyes or markers on their product leaving people in a difficult position when the center mark disappears.  Of course one way to deal with this issue to purchase ropes with a mid-rope pattern change.  … Continue reading Refreshing the Center Mark on a Climbing Rope