The reports have just come in of five skiers dying in an avalanche in Austria. This is just the latest news on this front from what looks like another bad season. The incident took place in the Wattental valley, Tirol, and reports indicate that those involved had ignored warnings. The Guardian paper reported that: The experienced […]
Backpacker Magazine has set itself a task of assembling the cheapest safe climbing rack it could.
They came up with rock shoes, a harness, belay device, helmet and locking carabiner for $183 that were then tested climbing around the places including Joshua Tree.
This is their selection:
- Shoes: Rock Pillars Snake – $80
- Harness: Singing Rock Zenith – $35
- Helmet: Kong Magic – $50
- Belay device: Climb Axe Max Air Belay- $11
- Locking carabiner: Black Diamond Enduro Screwgate – $7.50
To upgrade to toproping costs more, adding $161 for the price of a rope, slings and carabiners. The cheapest rope they recommended is the delrid 10.5 mm Standard Skyline at $130.
Leading gets a lot more expensive – with a decent rack of stoppers, hexes and cams adding more than $380 to your bill.