When your headlamp is dead, climbing tape wrapped around a big stick and lit with a lighter can provide hours of emergency light. The adhesive burns slow and bright, and the fabric holds together even while burning. Bonus: Add twigs or stones for airflow—the more gaps you have, the brighter and quicker it burns.
If you struggle with clipping fluidly, hang a draw from the rearview mirror in your car and clip a sling into it. Any time you’re stuck at a red light, unclip and reclip the sling one-handed like you would with a rope, switching hands each time. When you reach your destination, change the direction of the quickdraw and practice some more. I used this method when I was learning to lead, and then again when I got started on more difficult stuff and found myself struggling to clip smoothly from smaller holds.
Caffeine-a-holic? On summer days, leave a glass or metal bottle of coffee in your car. It will be hot and ready to drink when you finish climbing.
For a faster transition on multi-pitch climbs, if you’re top-belaying someone with an ATC in guide mode and are swinging leads, simply put them on belay with a Grigri and then remove the ATC, setting them up to lead the next pitch.
Eco-friendly, gluten-free stick clip: Loop the top eye of your dogbone over the end of a decently long stick, broken to be about as thick as your thumb at the end, and then use an 1.5” twig to keep your biner gate sprung open. Keep the rope taut to keep the open carabiner upright in case the fit isn’t great.
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