It’s All About The Adhesive

It’s All About The Adhesive

There are lots of tapes that can be used for marking routes on climbing walls. We’ve seen duct tape, vinyl tape, paper tape and electrical tape used for that purpose. All of them are wrong! Duct tape leaves a sticky residue and has no “grippability”. Paper tape is not very durable and does not like […]

Virtual Rock Climbing-Maybe Not As Safe As You Thought

Virtual Rock Climbing-Maybe Not As Safe As You Thought

Using virtual reality headsets has been promoted as a totally safe way for someone to learn and practice climbing with no risk. The “climber” is presented with a climbing environment through a headset screen and can move around in the virtual environment by gripping actual hand holds and moving through the climbing challenge presented there. […]

Ready To “Up” Your Game?  How About Attending A Clinic

Ready To “Up” Your Game? How About Attending A Clinic

Even the best route setters need inspiration from time to time. Working on your own or with the same small group day after day can make you stale. How about attending a clinic? Lots of climbing centers host them, and this will give you a great way to integrate into the local community. Don’t be […]

“What’s In Your Toolbox” (Or Canvas Bag)?

“What’s In Your Toolbox” (Or Canvas Bag)?

We have no idea what “ticktapetighten” means, but that web site has a great posting on what you need in the well-equipped route setters tool kit. Click here to see what they recommend. You probably ought to add route setting tape to the list.      

More Climbing Centers Implement “Auto Belay”

More Climbing Centers Implement “Auto Belay”

 We’re all becoming more comfortable with non-human interfaces in areas that have traditionally required a person. Everything from self-service checkout to self-driving cars are being introduced to do jobs that have always required a human. Now, auto belay on climbing walls is allowing climbers to manage their own safety belays without another person being involved. […]

Need Finger Protection?  Try Gaffers Tape

Need Finger Protection? Try Gaffers Tape

Finger protection tape can be expensive.  This cloth tape with vinyl adhesive can cost as much as $3.00 for a 15 yard roll. Gaffers tape (route setting tape) is essentially the same product and can be purchased for as little as $7.19 for a 55 yard roll.  Big difference! Gaffers tape is woven cotton cloth […]

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