Life Line



The HERA foundation, the climbing-souled org raising awareness and funding for ovarian cancer since the first Climb4Life, in 2002, has in recent years teamed up with climbing-gear manufacturers to co-brand products, often in its trademark teal and orange colors. A great new HERA offering is the BLUEWATER ROPES LIGHTNING PRO ($185.99 for 60m,, a popular 9.7mm lead line in those hues, with $15 from each sale going to HERA. (The cord comes with a free rope bag, an $11 value, and shipping is gratis when you order online.) The Lightning Pro is a high-performing, easy-feeding redpoint, free-big-wall, and extreme-alpine rope, weighing 61g/m. Use it with your Petzl HERAbiner and Evolv HERAs for an elegant teal ensemble that shows you’re down for the cause.

—Matt Samet