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Rock Climbing Photo: Storm-proof your tent setup by Mike Tea
How to Prepare Your Tent for the Worst Storm
When a storm hits, most expedition climbers play cards, pick lint off of their boot liners, or fantasize about sipping Mai Thais. A little “tent pitching” and a flask of grandpa’s cough syrup easily bide the downtime for most, but when Mother Nature blows nuclear-stren...
Molly Loomis at Climbing Magazine
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing in a storm by Mike Clelland
How to Avoid Lightning When Rock Climbing
It happens to the best (and even the fastest) of us. Hundreds of feet off the deck, you suddenly find yourself trapped, pinned down by an ugly beast spitting white-hot lightning and drowning the rock. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees when dealing with objective haza...
Matt Samet at Climbing Magazine
Rock Climbing Photo: Setting up a clean rappel
Prevent Rope Snags During Rappels
Setting up a clean rappel THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT thing when retreating in a storm is to maintain steady downward progress. Foremost, this means avoiding a stuck rope. As you descend, be mindful of rope-eating blocks or flakes. If y...
Mark Synnott at Climbing Magazine