QC Lab: Ulimate Strength Testing of the Gear You've Always Wondered About
KP and the QC Lab crew field the most common questions they get about gear and do what they do best—break it! Check out the fascinating results in the latest QC Lab. Read more >
QC LAB: Gear Doesn't Last Forever—Crampons
Our QA engineers take a look at the realistic life span of a crampon. Read more >
QC LAB: Gear Doesn't Last Forever - SLINGS and QUICKDRAWS
This month, KP and the crew present Part III of their Gear Doesn't Last Forever series (check out Part I and Part II), where they investigate the complex world of slings and quickdraws. Enjoy. Read more >
QC LAB: Gear Doesn't Last Forever—Ice Tool Picks
This month is first part of a series the QA engineers are doing on gear lifespan. Gear, no matter how well designed and constructed, doesn't last forever. First off, they'll focus on ice tool picks. Read more >
QC Lab: Girth Hitching a Stopper
In this post, KP weighs in on a weird one, but curious nonetheless. What happens when you girth hitch a stopper to a bolt hanger? Read more >
QC Lab: How Sketchy Is a Sharp-Edged Carabiner?
I've yanked a lot of worn, sharp-edged biners off of routes, and I've tested a lot of them. It's not the ultimate strength that makes me the most nervous; it's the risk of cutting a rope. Read more >
QC Lab: How strong are Himalayan fixed lines?
Our QC Lab posts aim to answer some of climbing's most common gear-related questions. This month features fixed ropes from the Himalayas. Read more >
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. Read more >
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. Read more >
QC LAB: Can a hot belay device melt my 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? Read more >
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." Read more >
QC LAB: Choosing the Right Carabiner
Our QC Lab posts aim to answer some of climbing's most common gear-related questions. This month we talk about carabiners. Read more >
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. Read more >
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. Read more >
QC Lab: Dangers of rope worn carabiners
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. Read more >
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. Read more >