QC Lab: Connecting Two Slings Together
Our QC Lab posts aim to answer some of climbing's most common gear-related questions. This month we talk about connecting slings. Mehr erfahren >
QC LAB: Daisy chain dangers
I see it all the time. People at the cliff with one or two daisy chains girth hitched to their belay loop or tie-in points, and using them as a personal anchor system when at an anchor. Wrong. Mehr erfahren >
QC Lab: Risiken von durch Seilreibung eingeschliffenen Karabinern
There was an accident a few weeks ago at the Red River Gorge where a climber fell going to the second bolt and the rope was cut completely through by the fixed draw's sharp-edged, rope-end carabiner. Mehr erfahren >
QC Lab: Draws in a Gym
As you know, I've tested many fixed quickdraws from sport routes from all over the country. A while ago a gym owner asked me about replacing draws at a gym and how they compare to draws outside. Mehr erfahren >
QC LAB: FULL STRENGTH HAUL LOOPS
This month KP and the crew tackle a question that is often heard at the base of the crag. What does full strength really mean? Mehr erfahren >
QC LAB: Gear Doesn't Last Forever â€“ CRAMPONS
Our QA engineers take a look at the realistic life span of a crampon. Mehr erfahren >
QC Lab: The Electric Harness Acid Test
This month, the Quality crew investigates a mysterious harness failure and dives into the effects of chemical contamination on climbing textiles. Mehr erfahren >
QC Lab: Autoblock Misuse
Lately I've been getting quite a few questions on the use of the Black Diamond ATC-Guide and/or similar "autoblock"-style belay devices—and another installment of QC with KP was born. Mehr erfahren >
QC LAB: Can a hot belay device melt my rappel slings?
Our QC Lab posts aim to answer some of climbing's most common gear-related questions. This month—how hot do belay devices really get? Mehr erfahren >
QC Lab: Can I Use a Sharpie to Mark the Middle of my Rope?
Here's the question I get asked/emailed probably more than any other: "Can I use a Sharpie to mark the middle of my rope? "My answer: "I don't know." Mehr erfahren >
QC LAB: Choosing the Right Tool for the Job - Carabiners
Our QC Lab posts aim to answer some of climbing's most common gear-related questions. This month we talk about carabiners. Mehr erfahren >
QC Lab: Sling Strength in 3 Anchor Configurations
A few weeks ago a crew of super badass climbers rolled through the QA lab and one question came up more than just a few times: "What is the strongest way to rig an anchor at a belay?" Mehr erfahren >
QC Lab: To Screamer or not to Screamer?
This post comes direct from QA Manager Corey LaForge, who returned from a recent ascent of the Eiger Norwand with some questions about Yates Screamers that he promptly put to the test here in our lab. Mehr erfahren >
QC LAB: Via Ferrata
This month, KP and the crew discuss a via ferrata accident (NOT involving Black Diamond gear) that happened in Europe this summer, along with the ins and outs and proper use of via ferrata equipment. Mehr erfahren >
QC Lab: Weakness of Nose-hooked Carabiners
I've seen and/or heard of only a handful of carabiners that have broken in the field, and most have broken in the same way: nose hooked. The nose of the carabiner gets hung up on something. Mehr erfahren >
QC Lab: Welches ist der beste Knoten zum Abseilen?
Rappel knot choice (Double Fisherman's, Ring Bend or Euro Death/Overhand) has always been up for a large amount of debate. Mehr erfahren >