QUICK FIXES FOR COM­MON CLIMBER PROB­LEMS

Climbing - - SKILLS - COM­PILED BY MATT SAMET

When I need a quick “clip- meup” but don’t want to drag up a full- sized rig, I ’ l l MacGyver i t: duct- tape an elec­trolyte- tab bot­tle to a Kong Panic, i nsert a selfie stick i n the bot­tle, clip up with the Panic, then re­tract the selfie stick. ( Here, the USB ca­ble i s the “rope.”) —JOSH WHAR­TON

I use bowl­ing- shoe cov­ers to keep my rock­shoe soles clean at the gym. They let me move quickly onto a climb so no one has to wait for me to lace up. Bonus: Wear them into the bath­room! —KEN­NETH SMITH

ON A LONG TRAD LEAD, TO SORT MUL­TI­PLE PIECES OF THE SAME SIZE, CLIP ANY AD­DI­TIONAL PIECES ONTO THE BINER OF THE FIRST PIECE: I . E., CLIP THAT OR­ANGE TCU TO YOUR GEAR LOOP, THEN, US­ING RACK­ING BINERS OF THEIR OWN, CLIP THE OTHER OR­ANGE TCUs DI­RECTLY ONTO THE FIRST TCU’s BINER. —KEVIN COR­RI­GAN

To or­ga­nize my slings on a trad lead, I’ll sling dou­ble- length run­ners over one shoul­der first, at­tach­ing the two ends with a cara­biner, then throw sin­gle- length slings over the other shoul­der. When I need a sin­gle sling, I sim­ply pull off the top sling; for a dou­ble, I un­clip the cara­biner from one side and pull the sling off my shoul­der. For easy ID, buy sin­gles in one color and dou­bles in another. — MICHAEL PARKER

You know the old, blown- out ropes that gyms keep i n ro­ta­tion de­spite them be­ing i mpos­si­ble to push i nto a tube- style de­vice? My 12- year- old daugh­ter fig­ured out a sim­ple so­lu­tion: Clip your de­vice to your harness sans rope, then feed the rope end man­u­ally i nto the tube, around the biner, and back out the tube. Ge­nius! —JAMIE CAMP­BELL

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