How to Make a Tape Glove

by Tom Markiewicz on September 3, 2009

Chris Weidner describes in detail how to make a tape glove for crack climbing. Whether learning how to jam cracks or cruising 5.13 testpieces, tape gloves will prevent the back of your hands from turning into hamburger. Not only will this help you avoid needless suffering, it will allow you to climb exponentially more than […]

Silent Feet, How to Have Better Climbing Footwork

by Tom Markiewicz on August 18, 2009

Silent feet was one the best exercises I learned for better technique when I started climbing. This Tech Tip from Climbing goes into details on how to have better footwork while climbing. As your main points of weighted contact, your feet matter. Placing them silently forces you to be deliberate and aware with your choice, […]

Trad Climbing Techniques, Tricks, and Tips

by Tom Markiewicz on June 24, 2009

Rick from Cremnomaniac has complied a nice list of trad climbing techniques, tricks, and tips. Trad climbing has lost some of its appeal, or is a smaller blip on the radar. I still know plenty of folks that prefer trad, but there was a day when there was only trad. Trad climbing may be analogous […]

Climbing Magazine has a detailed bouldering tech tip on how to top out on a boulder problem (obviously for those slopey, nasty ones).

Pre-Equalized Anchors and the American Death Triangle

by Tom Markiewicz on January 22, 2009

The American Alpine Institute points out a series of videos by Canadian climbing guide Mike Barter on the pre-equalization on anchors: There is a little bit of controversy over pre-equalized anchors. Some feel that one leg of the anchor will get more force than another, which means that such an anchor could never be fully […]

How to make a prusik knot

by Tom Markiewicz on October 8, 2008

The prusik hitch may be pretty basic for many readers, but there are certain essential knots that every climber should know. The American Alpine Institute has posted a great video illustrating the prusik knot. Alpinists keep a variety of technical tools in their back-pockets. One of the most important tools is the prusik hitch. The […]

Crack climbing technique

by Tom Markiewicz on December 7, 2007

You can never have too much insight from great climbers on their technique. Steph Davis has an article on her blog, High Places, discussing her techniques for climbing cracks (via The key to pure crack climbing, as with every type of climbing, is the feet. I like to start from the basics, which with […]

Climbing tech tips

by Tom Markiewicz on May 19, 2006

Climbing Magazine has all their tech tips nicely listed on their site now.

Carabiner brake rappel

by Tom Markiewicz on April 22, 2005

Chockstone has a pictorial article on the carabiner brake rappel. The also include an alternative method.

Rope knots instruction, comparisons, and ratings

by Tom Markiewicz on January 31, 2005

Dave Root has a comprehensive listing of the most useful rope knots for the average person to know on his web site. Especially interesting is an included chart comparing knot strength ratings.

Big Wall Climbing Guide from FISH

by Tom Markiewicz on January 22, 2005

FISH Products has a great intro to climbing big walls. Filled with attitude, this guide go through the basics from equipment to hooking to sneaky tricks of the trade.