climbing safety

Climb With Your Eyes!  Tape Really Helps.

Climb With Your Eyes! Tape Really Helps.

New climbers are often given the advice “climb with your eyes”. This can have many nuances, but, in essence what this means is that visually planning a route all the way to the top of the wall is essential if you want to get to the peak. Good route setters know that using bright and […]

Setting Routes With Tape?  Don’t Forget The Floor

Setting Routes With Tape? Don’t Forget The Floor

Lots of climbing centers use cloth route setting tape for their walls. It’s durable, bright, easily applied and it leaves no tape residue when removed. What those centers don’t do (at least a lot of them) is use tape to mark their floors. I am talking about a vinyl tape product called “aisle marking tape” […]

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 […]

It’s Not Route Setting Tape, But It Is A Tape Every Route Setter Needs

It’s Not Route Setting Tape, But It Is A Tape Every Route Setter Needs

Lots of route setters use rolls of colored cloth tape to map out routes on a climbing wall.  Different colors for different routes and the ability to quickly change a route. There is another tape that should be part of every route setters tool kit. That tape is barricade tape, commonly known as caution tape, […]

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