Carabiners 101

Outside Online’s “Gear Guy” fielded a good question, and offered up a nice answer as well, today concerning carabiners. The question comes from someone new to climbing who is a bit confused by all the choices and options when it comes to those handy little devices that are so good at helping us defy gravity.

You can read the whole thing here. But as always, the Gear Guy does a nice job of breaking down the basics and offering up some good solid advice, including recommending some brands, uses for various sizes and shapes, and insights into how carabiners and harnesses are rated for safety. It’s a short, but informative read for anyone who is getting into climbing or has an interest in it in general.

Being a bit of a gear head, I suppose it’s no surprise that the Gear Guy is one of my favorite sections over at Outside Online. I like his no-nonsense approach to answering the questions and I usually find some new nugget if info, even when I’m reading about something I already know about.

Kraig Becker

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