Tech Tips

One Hand Clove Hitch

The clove hitch is used in climbing for many different applications. It is handy for attaching oneself to an anchor because of the ease of adjusting it during its use. Tying it one handed can be of great benefit to secure yourself when you are hanging by one hand. Here is a tech video I made where Cody Bradford shows the one handed clove hitch.

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Ski strap skins (tech tip)

Ski straps have many uses. Today I found out a new one. As Lindsay, Buster and I got to the top of Red Mountain Pass and started getting our gear ready I heard some choice words coming from the back of the truck. Lindsay who was so psyched to use her brand new skis had just realized that she had forgotten her skins. It was a long ride back to Ouray and with out missing a beat Buster looked at me and asked how many ski straps I had. After digging around the truck we found six. We put the straps on the skis and were off to earn our turns. A few things we learned. Keep the straps under foot...

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Equivocation Hitch

The equivocation hitch, also known as the daisy of death, has been getting more mainstream use as of late in the guiding world. I went ahead and put together a tech tip for Fox Mountain Guides, and a few of us went out and "red-neck" tested it. The EQ hitch is useful in a few different situations; the main one being when the ends of the rope are not available. I find this happens when short-roping clients as well as cleaning a single pitch climb with a Gri-Gri counterbalance. The latter is usually less applicable since time is not much of an issue when working in single pitch terrain. It is also...

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Carabiner Brake Rappel (Tech Tip)

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Locking Munter Hitch (Guide’s Tip)

Here is a guide's tip on the locking Munter hitch:

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