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ATC Guide Autobloc Belay Device (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.60/5 Average Rating : 4.60/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Belay Devices & Descenders

Great all-around belay device 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: saxfiend, 2006-11-24

I picked up my ATC Guide several months back and have been happy with how it performs for belaying and rapping (even rapping on skinny doubles in the rain!), but it wasn't until recently that I got to make full use of it in guide mode. For bringing up a second on multi-pitch, it is terrific. It locks off very securely and makes it easier to deal with rope management as you belay. Like others, I've found using two biners through the keeper loop and rope loop makes feeding easier.

Focus Harness (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.00/5 Average Rating : 4.00/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Harnesses: Fixed

Review 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: saxfiend, 2006-08-02

Very comfortable harness, more so than my old Mammut. It's also easy to get in and out of. The only thing I don't like about it are the gear loops, which are the standard flexible semi-circles. Trad gear gets bunched up, making it hard to remove; also the back gear loops are not very conveniently located.

Camalots (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.49/5 Average Rating : 4.49/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Protection: Active

Review 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: saxfiend, 2006-05-31

I have just three of these to go along with my full rack of Metolius TCU/FCU cams. Camalots are very nice, though I wouldn't consider them superior in any noticeable way to the Metolius pieces. Just another good alternative to have in the toolbox.

Superclip (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.00/5 Average Rating : 4.00/5

In: Gear: Add-On Climbing Gear

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: saxfiend, 2006-04-18

This is a great stickclip, almost perfect in its simplicity and functionality. There's no moving parts to fiddle around with like on other clips I've used, and no gymnastics needed to release it after you've clipped the bolt. Just pull hard and it releases and the draw is in place. I do consider it overpriced considering how little there is to it, but it's so nice I still give it a five.

SELECTED CLIMBS IN NORTH CAROLINA (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.50/5 Average Rating : 4.50/5

In: Gear: Archive

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: saxfiend, 2006-02-02

With my first trip to North Carolina climbing coming up soon (Rumbling Bald), I knew I wanted a guidebook, and this one really fills the bill. The detailed history of how the various areas were developed is great reading. The route descriptions are nice and the topos are easy to follow. One thing I particularly appreciate is that while not all routes are listed in this book, the ones that were skipped are included on the topos. I look forward to getting to the crags with this book in my pack.

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