What Do I Do with My Descent Shoes When I'm Climbing a Long Route?

What do I do with my descent shoes when I’m climbing a long route? Clip to my harness, or carry them in a pack? —Anonymous

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

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