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  1. Buying Guides

    How to Choose an Ice Axe

    Find out how to choose the right ice axe for your intended use. Learn how to size your ice axe, the parts of an ice axe and key features to consider.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 27 reviews
  2. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Climbing Nuts, Stoppers and Chocks

    Getting into leading trad routes? Learn how to choose types of passive protection, such as chocks, nuts and hexes.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 32 reviews
  3. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Rock Climbing Shoes

    Learn how to choose and fit rock climbing shoes, including information on types of rock shoes, features and fit tips.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 544 reviews
  4. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Cams and Wedges (Active Pro)

    Learn about the two main types of active climbing protecction (pro) including the ubiquitous cams and the less common spring-loaded wedges.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 19 reviews
  5. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Climbing Ropes

    Learn how to find a climbing rope that's right for you, with information on types of ropes, diameter, length, features and safety ratings.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 521 reviews
  6. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Quickdraws

    Learn how to buy quickdraws. This article covers carabiner size, shape and gate, as well as sling length and how many quickdraws to have.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 134 reviews
  7. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Climbing Slings, Cord and Webbing

    Slings, runners, cord, cordelettes and webbing are all climbing essentials. Learn how to choose the type you need.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 86 reviews
  8. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Avalanche Transceivers

    An avalanche transceiver is essential for backcountry travel on snow. Learn about digital and analog technology, antennas, range and more.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 169 reviews
  9. Buying Guides

    How to Choose and Use Gaiters

    Gaiters come in different shapes and sizes. Learn how to choose and use gaiters for hiking, mountaineering and trail running.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 57 reviews
  10. Buying Guides

    How to Choose and Use Climbing Chalk and Chalk Bags

    Learn about the different types of chalk for climbing and get tips on choosing and using it.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 81 reviews
  11. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Hydration Packs

    Which hydration pack is best? Learn about reservoir size, gear capacity and other key pack features for cyclists, runners, hikers and more.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 185 reviews
  12. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Climbing Harnesses

    Learn how to choose the correct climbing harness for the type of climbing you do, whether it's sport, trad, ice or alpine.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 74 reviews
  13. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Crampons

    Learn how to choose crampons for snow walking, mountaineering and ice climbing, and the benefits of hybrid, step-in and strap-on crampons.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 161 reviews
  14. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Daypacks

    Choosing a daypack can be daunting. Learn how to find the right one by looking at how you plan to use it, plus capacity, features and fit.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 224 reviews
  15. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Climbing Helmets

    Get the right helmet—and fit—to rock climb, ice climb or go mountaineering. Learn the difference between hardshells and shelled-foam models.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 30 reviews
  16. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Bivy Sacks

    Learn to choose a bivy sack for ultralight backpacking trips and mountaineering. Includes info about materials, construction and designs.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 149 reviews
  17. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Mountaineering Boots

    Mountaineering boots are a big investment. Learn when to buy versus when to rent, and what to look for when buying your first pair.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 5 reviews
  18. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Belay Devices

    Learn how to choose a belay device for rock climbing. Includes the pros and cons of tubular, assisted braking and Figure 8 devices.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 71 reviews
  19. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Carabiners

    Learn how to choose carabiners for rock climbing, and the benefits of locking, nonlocking, wiregate, bent-gate and straight-gate carabiners.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 143 reviews
  20. Buying Guides

    Ice and Snow Protection

    Ice climbers and mountaineers use ice screws, ice pitons, pickets and flukes. Learn how they work and what accessories you may need.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 12 reviews
  21. Buying Guides

    How to Choose and Use Snow Shovels

    Snow shovels are an important piece of safety equipment for winter travel. Learn how to choose and use a shovel best suited for your needs.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 8 reviews
  22. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Avalanche Safety Gear

    To manage risks in the backcountry in winter, you need the right gear. Learn about transceivers, snow shovels, probes, airbags and more.

    rated 3.5 out of 5 with 139 reviews
  23. Skills

    What to Wear Mountaineering

    Learn which clothes to bring on a mountaineering trip to stay comfortable in a range of terrain and weather conditions.

    rated 5 out of 5 with 10 reviews
  24. Skills

    Route Finding and Navigation for Mountaineering

    Learn important route-finding and navigation skills to help you stay on course and travel efficiently up a mountain.

    rated 5 out of 5 with 3 reviews
  25. Skills

    Glacier and Roped Travel for Mountaineering

    Learn how to rope up to travel as a team as you cross a glacier or a steep snow slope.

    rated 5 out of 5 with 2 reviews
  26. Skills

    Snow Anchors for Mountaineering

    Learn about the common snow anchors you'd use when traveling on a glacier, crossing steep slopes, or to aid in crevasse rescues.

    rated 5 out of 5 with 1 reviews
  27. Skills

    How to Use a Hangboard to Train for Rock Climbing

    Increasing finger strength is key when you’re looking to take your climbing to the next level.

    rated 5 out of 5 with 9 reviews
  28. Care and Repair

    Crampon Care

    Learn how to inspect, sharpen and store your crampons to keep them in tip-top shape for walking and climbing on glaciers and snow.

    rated 5 out of 5 with 24 reviews
  29. Skills

    How to Train for Mountaineering

    Get tips on fitness assessment and how to develop a personalized mountaineering training plan; also learn some specific strength-training exercises.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 11 reviews
  30. Skills

    How to Use Rock Climbing Holds

    Learn about different types of climbing holds and get tips on how to use them.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 188 reviews