What Do I Do with My Descent Shoes When I’m Climbing a Long Route?
For climbers who rack gear on the harness, carrying shoes in a pack minimizes gear-loop clutter. If you’re carrying water or rain gear on a route, the second can carry a summit pack big enough to hold both climbers’ descent shoes. Many times, a firm toprope can help offset the extra energy expenditure required to climb with such a load. For shorter objectives, clip the shoes to each climber’s harness. Tip: Back up the shoes’ clip-in loops by clipping to the knotted laces. —Dave Sheldon