How to Maintain Rock Climbing Gear

Learn tips and techniques for maintaining mountaineering and climbing equipment, including how to coil rope, how to care for shoes, helmets and harnesses, and stow and store climbing gear in these free video clip.

Series Summary

Maintaining and inspecting the highly specialized equipment used in rock climbing and mountaineering is of paramount importance. Checking over and scrutinizing the condition of your ropes, harnesses, shoes, helmet and other gear can mean the difference in life and death on your next climb. With all of the physical challenges involved in climbing the last thing you want to worry about is the safety of your equipment.In this series of free video clips you’ll learn tips and techniques for inspecting and maintaining rock climbing gear. Expert climber Paul Helwig demonstrates how to examine various stress points in runners, tricams, ascenders and stoppers, how to properly clean and coil climbing rope, and offers advice on how to pack your gear safely in a haul bag. Following these simple safety precautions before you climb will help you focus on the primary objective: an exhilarating and successful climb to the top.

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