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    Rock Climbing Photo: Fig 1 Untie your cordelette by Supercorn
    Build an Anchor in Poor Rock
    How many pieces do you need for a traditional anchor? Most climbers don’t have time to blink before they answer this question. But if you answered “three,” you’re wrong. An anchor takes as many pieces as it needs based on rock quality, positioning, angle, and other fa...
    Jason D. Martin at Climbing Magazine
    Rock Climbing Photo: Use Your Loops Wisely
    Attain Speed by Eliminating Gear-Fumbling
    Successful and swift trad climbing is all about efficiency. You can’t squander minutes searching for the perfect piece, drain strength by over-gripping while you untangle runners from your cams, or waste energy by lugging up unnecessary weight. Mayan Smith-Gobat knows a ...
    Leia Larsen and Mayan Smith-Gobat 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
    Lengthen Pro for Maximum Safety
    Extending gear means clipping a long sling to a piece of protection (bolts or traditional pro), and it is a vital part of learning to lead, especially on long, blocky, or wandering routes. The top two reasons for extending a placement are minimizing rope drag and keeping ...
    Julie Ellison at Climbing Magazine
    Rock Climbing Photo: Fig 1. how to remove a cam
    How to Clean Cams
    Getting humbled in the art of cam-cleaning is a rite of passage for aspiring tradsters. You know the story: The second, a trad-climbing newbie, fiddles with a cam for what seems like eternity before declaring it totally stuck. Welded. Fixed. Beyond saving. The more experi...
    Laura Snider at Climbing Magazine
    Rock Climbing Photo: Stacking Ropes on Multi-Pitch Climbs
    Stacking Ropes on Multi-Pitch Climbs
    Good rope management at belays saves time and headaches. When you belay on a ledge, feed the rope into a small pile, about two feet around, as you take it in. Compact the growing rope pile with your hands or feet to keep it stacking bottom to top, and to keep it from slid...
    Ian Nicholson at Climbing Magazine

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