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Climbing With Your Camera: Dos & Don’ts

Climb Away‘s vision is to bring people from all over the world together over the love of climbing. Get the organization’s pro tips on climbing photography here.

Rock walls are vast and full of opportunities for lessons and growth. Climb Away, a Canadian organization that employs a variety of outdoor instructors as guides for retreats, facilitates that. And one of the most important topics they cover is how to get beginners comfortable on the wall.

In this article, Alex Eggermont, a Squamish-based photographer and instructor at Climb Away, helps us break down the basics of climbing photography.

Climbing With a Camera
Photo credit: Alex Eggermont

Climbing With Your Camera: Dos

Climbing with your camera can be a safety hazard for you and those climbing around you, especially with all the gear that goes along with it. Before going outdoors with professional camera equipment, it’s important to know what the best practices are.

Here’s how to ensure staying light, safe, and agile, while getting the shots you’re searching for.

1. Know what you’re shooting

Ideally, you’ve climbed the route, or at least know when and where the hard parts are. To avoid disturbing the climber during these crux moments, go to the crag a few times and practice those moves with your climbing partner. Make sure you can climb it smoothly before taking it on as a photographer.

2. Take only one or two lenses

Ideally, you wouldn’t even have to change lenses on the wall and even have two bodies. You’re already hauling lots with you while you’re climbing, so only take the essential camera equipment. Remember to stay light.

3. Use static ropes

Redirect whenever you can so that you can see your anchor point and avoid sharp edges that could lead to core shots way faster than you think. Static will give you more control while climbing and help you be more intentional with directing your angles.

4. New point of view

Find that viewpoint you haven’t seen before. The beauty of photographing climbers is that there are so many movements you can capture. Take on a fresh, new perspective, something that’s special to the climber and their style. Try to be original and create some unique content!

climbing with your camera climber
Photo credit: Mark Doliner

5. Add some flexibility

Having two ropes attached to different anchors and two GRIGRIs is a great way to have lots of flexibility and movement. You want to have as much free flow of movement as possible while capturing the climber. The last thing you want is to feel limited or restricted by your positioning!

6. Get the look!

The eyes of the climber — that’s what we need to see. What’s going on in their head? The focus and intensity of the climber will be seen in their gaze. Make sure to stay present and look for that look. You’ll know it when you see it.

7. Duct tape for the win

Take it with you and tape sharp edges that the rope is rubbing on. The last thing you want to worry about is having your rope fraying and start cutting due to a sharp edge of the climb.

When you do those practice climbs in advance, make sure you identify where you need to place that tape. Don’t forget to pack it away afterward!

Climbing With a Camera
Photo credit: Alex Eggermont

Climbing With Your Camera: Don’ts

1. Don’t bother with lens caps

Use filters to protect your lenses, but you want to avoid the number of parts you need to deal with when hanging on a rope. Remember, stay light! The less you need to carry around with you, the better. Take only the essentials.

2. Don’t let your rope hang underneath you

Pull it back and clip it to your harness, or make it shorter so it doesn’t hang (don’t forget the knot)! The fewer pieces of gear dangling and flying around you, the better.

Ensure you’re staying compact while you’re hanging and moving around the wall to get different angles. No need for any tangling while you’re in action!


Alex Eggermont has over 10 years of global photography and videography experience. He’s traveled and climbed on multiple continents, and worked as a guide in Iceland. He started teaching photography 3 years ago.

Climb Away offers festivals, day trips, virtual classes, and more to help grow — and get people into — climbing. You can learn more about programs with Climb Away here

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Cliffhanger: What a ‘Life in the Vertical’ Is All About

Climber and photographer Julie Ellison explores how a small subset of athletes turned their pastime into a professional sport and worldwide phenomenon.  Read more…

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climbing

Black Diamond on Sale: Save on Mountain & Climbing Equipment

Sport Climbing in the Mountains in Black Diamond Gear
Photo credit: Black Diamond

Black Diamond is having an end-of-season equipment sale to help you save money and send your next route.

This week, you can get up to 25% off all kinds of rock climbing gear, ice climbing gear, ropes, shoeslighting, and more. Below, we’ve highlighted some of the best deals, but be sure to check out the entire sale as well.

Shop the entire Black Diamond sale

Trail Trekking Poles: $75 (25% Off)

Black Diamond Trail Trekking Poles Sale

The trail trekking pole is versatile for any terrain in all four seasons. Black Diamond updated the fusion strap to help provide better handling, more comfort, and added security. While durable, these poles are also pretty sleek, weighing in under 1.5 pounds.

Shop the Trail Trekking PolesSee more trekking poles

Vector Helmet: $68 (20% Off)

Black Diamond Vector Climbing Helmet Sale

According to the brand, the Vector Helmet combines lightweight protection, excellent ventilation, and “barely there” comfort, which makes it suitable for long routes where every ounce counts. We also love this helmet’s adjustment straps and fit.

Shop the Vector HelmetSee more helmets on sale

Liquid Black Gold Chalk: $15 (25% Off)

Black Diamond Liquid Black Gold Chalk

Black Gold liquid chalk is an alternative to regular chalk. According to the brand, it absorbs twice the moisture and, once dry, leaves a grippy layer of chalk so you don’t have to reapply as often. Plus, it contains 70% ethanol, which can help kill germs and viruses.

Shop the Black Gold ChalkSee more chalk deals

Creek 35 Pack: $142 (25% Off)

BD creek pack

Burly, water-resistant materials make the Creek 35 pack a popular option with climbers. It’s one of our editor’s go-to crag packs. In our tests, it was easy to carry, held a lot of gear, and all the pockets and zippers kept us organized.

Shop the Creek 35 PackSee more pack deals

Solution Harness: $60-80 (20% Off)

Black Diamond Solution Rock Climbing Harness Sale

This lightweight harness aims to provide comfort by evenly distributing your weight when hanging as well as reducing pressure on sensitive areas while still maximizing freedom of movement.

Shop the Solution HarnessSee more harness deals

Camalot C4: $58-112 (10% Off)

Black Diamond Rock Climbing C4 Camalots Sale

Black Diamond cams are the gold standard for rock protection. They are invaluable for trad climbing, mixed climbing, and building top rope anchors. We reviewed the new Camalot C4s when they first came out.

These cams are 10% lighter than its predecessor, which is huge weight savings. Beyond that, we love the trigger keeper tech on the larger sizes and that Black Diamond added color to both lobes and the webbing, making them easier to identify on your harness.

Shop the Camalot C4See more cams on sale

Technician Approach Shoes: $101 (25% Off)

Black Diamond Technician approach shoe

In our review, our tester noted, The Black Diamond Technician is a tight-fitting, sticky, and sensitive (yet supportive) approach shoe with an athletic feel. Available in men’s and women’s, it falls on the light side for a trail-oriented shoe, so it works best with sport climbing or lighter trad climbing loads on approaches short of true alpine.”

Shop Men’sShop Women’sSee more approach shoe deals

Man hiking along cliff

Save 50%: Gear Up for Fall With Backcountry’s Labor Day Sale

Backcountry’s Labor Day sale is underway, and we found the best discounted gear from brands like Arc’teryx, Patagonia, Smartwool, and more. Read more…

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climbing

Climbing With Your Camera: Dos & Don’ts

Climb Away‘s vision is to bring people from all over the world together over the love of climbing. Get the organization’s pro tips on climbing photography here.

Rock walls are vast and full of opportunities for lessons and growth. Climb Away, a Canadian organization that employs a variety of outdoor instructors as guides for retreats, facilitates that. And one of the most important topics they cover is how to get beginners comfortable on the wall.

In this article, Alex Eggermont, a Squamish-based photographer and instructor at Climb Away, helps us break down the basics of climbing photography.

Climbing With a Camera
Photo credit: Alex Eggermont

Climbing With Your Camera: Dos

Climbing with your camera can be a safety hazard for you and those climbing around you, especially with all the gear that goes along with it. Before going outdoors with professional camera equipment, it’s important to know what the best practices are.

Here’s how to ensure staying light, safe, and agile, while getting the shots you’re searching for.

1. Know what you’re shooting

Ideally, you’ve climbed the route, or at least know when and where the hard parts are. To avoid disturbing the climber during these crux moments, go to the crag a few times and practice those moves with your climbing partner. Make sure you can climb it smoothly before taking it on as a photographer.

2. Take only one or two lenses

Ideally, you wouldn’t even have to change lenses on the wall and even have two bodies. You’re already hauling lots with you while you’re climbing, so only take the essential camera equipment. Remember to stay light.

3. Use static ropes

Redirect whenever you can so that you can see your anchor point and avoid sharp edges that could lead to core shots way faster than you think. Static will give you more control while climbing and help you be more intentional with directing your angles.

4. New point of view

Find that viewpoint you haven’t seen before. The beauty of photographing climbers is that there are so many movements you can capture. Take on a fresh, new perspective, something that’s special to the climber and their style. Try to be original and create some unique content!

climbing with your camera climber
Photo credit: Mark Doliner

5. Add some flexibility

Having two ropes attached to different anchors and two GRIGRIs is a great way to have lots of flexibility and movement. You want to have as much free flow of movement as possible while capturing the climber. The last thing you want is to feel limited or restricted by your positioning!

6. Get the look!

The eyes of the climber — that’s what we need to see. What’s going on in their head? The focus and intensity of the climber will be seen in their gaze. Make sure to stay present and look for that look. You’ll know it when you see it.

7. Duct tape for the win

Take it with you and tape sharp edges that the rope is rubbing on. The last thing you want to worry about is having your rope fraying and start cutting due to a sharp edge of the climb.

When you do those practice climbs in advance, make sure you identify where you need to place that tape. Don’t forget to pack it away afterward!

Climbing With a Camera
Photo credit: Alex Eggermont

Climbing With Your Camera: Don’ts

1. Don’t bother with lens caps

Use filters to protect your lenses, but you want to avoid the number of parts you need to deal with when hanging on a rope. Remember, stay light! The less you need to carry around with you, the better. Take only the essentials.

2. Don’t let your rope hang underneath you

Pull it back and clip it to your harness, or make it shorter so it doesn’t hang (don’t forget the knot)! The fewer pieces of gear dangling and flying around you, the better.

Ensure you’re staying compact while you’re hanging and moving around the wall to get different angles. No need for any tangling while you’re in action!


Alex Eggermont has over 10 years of global photography and videography experience. He’s traveled and climbed on multiple continents, and worked as a guide in Iceland. He started teaching photography 3 years ago.

Climb Away offers festivals, day trips, virtual classes, and more to help grow — and get people into — climbing. You can learn more about programs with Climb Away here

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Cliffhanger: What a ‘Life in the Vertical’ Is All About

Climber and photographer Julie Ellison explores how a small subset of athletes turned their pastime into a professional sport and worldwide phenomenon.  Read more…

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climbing

Black Diamond on Sale: Save on Mountain & Climbing Equipment

Sport Climbing in the Mountains in Black Diamond Gear
Photo credit: Black Diamond

Black Diamond is having an end-of-season equipment sale to help you save money and send your next route.

This week, you can get up to 25% off all kinds of rock climbing gear, ice climbing gear, ropes, shoeslighting, and more. Below, we’ve highlighted some of the best deals, but be sure to check out the entire sale as well.

Shop the entire Black Diamond sale

Trail Trekking Poles: $75 (25% Off)

Black Diamond Trail Trekking Poles Sale

The trail trekking pole is versatile for any terrain in all four seasons. Black Diamond updated the fusion strap to help provide better handling, more comfort, and added security. While durable, these poles are also pretty sleek, weighing in under 1.5 pounds.

Shop the Trail Trekking PolesSee more trekking poles

Vector Helmet: $68 (20% Off)

Black Diamond Vector Climbing Helmet Sale

According to the brand, the Vector Helmet combines lightweight protection, excellent ventilation, and “barely there” comfort, which makes it suitable for long routes where every ounce counts. We also love this helmet’s adjustment straps and fit.

Shop the Vector HelmetSee more helmets on sale

Liquid Black Gold Chalk: $15 (25% Off)

Black Diamond Liquid Black Gold Chalk

Black Gold liquid chalk is an alternative to regular chalk. According to the brand, it absorbs twice the moisture and, once dry, leaves a grippy layer of chalk so you don’t have to reapply as often. Plus, it contains 70% ethanol, which can help kill germs and viruses.

Shop the Black Gold ChalkSee more chalk deals

Creek 35 Pack: $142 (25% Off)

BD creek pack

Burly, water-resistant materials make the Creek 35 pack a popular option with climbers. It’s one of our editor’s go-to crag packs. In our tests, it was easy to carry, held a lot of gear, and all the pockets and zippers kept us organized.

Shop the Creek 35 PackSee more pack deals

Solution Harness: $60-80 (20% Off)

Black Diamond Solution Rock Climbing Harness Sale

This lightweight harness aims to provide comfort by evenly distributing your weight when hanging as well as reducing pressure on sensitive areas while still maximizing freedom of movement.

Shop the Solution HarnessSee more harness deals

Camalot C4: $58-112 (10% Off)

Black Diamond Rock Climbing C4 Camalots Sale

Black Diamond cams are the gold standard for rock protection. They are invaluable for trad climbing, mixed climbing, and building top rope anchors. We reviewed the new Camalot C4s when they first came out.

These cams are 10% lighter than its predecessor, which is huge weight savings. Beyond that, we love the trigger keeper tech on the larger sizes and that Black Diamond added color to both lobes and the webbing, making them easier to identify on your harness.

Shop the Camalot C4See more cams on sale

Technician Approach Shoes: $101 (25% Off)

Black Diamond Technician approach shoe

In our review, our tester noted, The Black Diamond Technician is a tight-fitting, sticky, and sensitive (yet supportive) approach shoe with an athletic feel. Available in men’s and women’s, it falls on the light side for a trail-oriented shoe, so it works best with sport climbing or lighter trad climbing loads on approaches short of true alpine.”

Shop Men’sShop Women’sSee more approach shoe deals

Man hiking along cliff

Save 50%: Gear Up for Fall With Backcountry’s Labor Day Sale

Backcountry’s Labor Day sale is underway, and we found the best discounted gear from brands like Arc’teryx, Patagonia, Smartwool, and more. Read more…

Categories
climbing

Climbing With Your Camera: Dos & Don’ts

Climb Away‘s vision is to bring people from all over the world together over the love of climbing. Get the organization’s pro tips on climbing photography here.

Rock walls are vast and full of opportunities for lessons and growth. Climb Away, a Canadian organization that employs a variety of outdoor instructors as guides for retreats, facilitates that. And one of the most important topics they cover is how to get beginners comfortable on the wall.

In this article, Alex Eggermont, a Squamish-based photographer and instructor at Climb Away, helps us break down the basics of climbing photography.

Climbing With a Camera
Photo credit: Alex Eggermont

Climbing With Your Camera: Dos

Climbing with your camera can be a safety hazard for you and those climbing around you, especially with all the gear that goes along with it. Before going outdoors with professional camera equipment, it’s important to know what the best practices are.

Here’s how to ensure staying light, safe, and agile, while getting the shots you’re searching for.

1. Know what you’re shooting

Ideally, you’ve climbed the route, or at least know when and where the hard parts are. To avoid disturbing the climber during these crux moments, go to the crag a few times and practice those moves with your climbing partner. Make sure you can climb it smoothly before taking it on as a photographer.

2. Take only one or two lenses

Ideally, you wouldn’t even have to change lenses on the wall and even have two bodies. You’re already hauling lots with you while you’re climbing, so only take the essential camera equipment. Remember to stay light.

3. Use static ropes

Redirect whenever you can so that you can see your anchor point and avoid sharp edges that could lead to core shots way faster than you think. Static will give you more control while climbing and help you be more intentional with directing your angles.

4. New point of view

Find that viewpoint you haven’t seen before. The beauty of photographing climbers is that there are so many movements you can capture. Take on a fresh, new perspective, something that’s special to the climber and their style. Try to be original and create some unique content!

climbing with your camera climber
Photo credit: Mark Doliner

5. Add some flexibility

Having two ropes attached to different anchors and two GRIGRIs is a great way to have lots of flexibility and movement. You want to have as much free flow of movement as possible while capturing the climber. The last thing you want is to feel limited or restricted by your positioning!

6. Get the look!

The eyes of the climber — that’s what we need to see. What’s going on in their head? The focus and intensity of the climber will be seen in their gaze. Make sure to stay present and look for that look. You’ll know it when you see it.

7. Duct tape for the win

Take it with you and tape sharp edges that the rope is rubbing on. The last thing you want to worry about is having your rope fraying and start cutting due to a sharp edge of the climb.

When you do those practice climbs in advance, make sure you identify where you need to place that tape. Don’t forget to pack it away afterward!

Climbing With a Camera
Photo credit: Alex Eggermont

Climbing With Your Camera: Don’ts

1. Don’t bother with lens caps

Use filters to protect your lenses, but you want to avoid the number of parts you need to deal with when hanging on a rope. Remember, stay light! The less you need to carry around with you, the better. Take only the essentials.

2. Don’t let your rope hang underneath you

Pull it back and clip it to your harness, or make it shorter so it doesn’t hang (don’t forget the knot)! The fewer pieces of gear dangling and flying around you, the better.

Ensure you’re staying compact while you’re hanging and moving around the wall to get different angles. No need for any tangling while you’re in action!


Alex Eggermont has over 10 years of global photography and videography experience. He’s traveled and climbed on multiple continents, and worked as a guide in Iceland. He started teaching photography 3 years ago.

Climb Away offers festivals, day trips, virtual classes, and more to help grow — and get people into — climbing. You can learn more about programs with Climb Away here

cliffhanger julie ellison

Cliffhanger: What a ‘Life in the Vertical’ Is All About

Climber and photographer Julie Ellison explores how a small subset of athletes turned their pastime into a professional sport and worldwide phenomenon.  Read more…

Categories
climbing

Black Diamond on Sale: Save on Mountain & Climbing Equipment

Sport Climbing in the Mountains in Black Diamond Gear
Photo credit: Black Diamond

Black Diamond is having an end-of-season equipment sale to help you save money and send your next route.

This week, you can get up to 25% off all kinds of rock climbing gear, ice climbing gear, ropes, shoeslighting, and more. Below, we’ve highlighted some of the best deals, but be sure to check out the entire sale as well.

Shop the entire Black Diamond sale

Trail Trekking Poles: $75 (25% Off)

Black Diamond Trail Trekking Poles Sale

The trail trekking pole is versatile for any terrain in all four seasons. Black Diamond updated the fusion strap to help provide better handling, more comfort, and added security. While durable, these poles are also pretty sleek, weighing in under 1.5 pounds.

Shop the Trail Trekking PolesSee more trekking poles

Vector Helmet: $68 (20% Off)

Black Diamond Vector Climbing Helmet Sale

According to the brand, the Vector Helmet combines lightweight protection, excellent ventilation, and “barely there” comfort, which makes it suitable for long routes where every ounce counts. We also love this helmet’s adjustment straps and fit.

Shop the Vector HelmetSee more helmets on sale

Liquid Black Gold Chalk: $15 (25% Off)

Black Diamond Liquid Black Gold Chalk

Black Gold liquid chalk is an alternative to regular chalk. According to the brand, it absorbs twice the moisture and, once dry, leaves a grippy layer of chalk so you don’t have to reapply as often. Plus, it contains 70% ethanol, which can help kill germs and viruses.

Shop the Black Gold ChalkSee more chalk deals

Creek 35 Pack: $142 (25% Off)

BD creek pack

Burly, water-resistant materials make the Creek 35 pack a popular option with climbers. It’s one of our editor’s go-to crag packs. In our tests, it was easy to carry, held a lot of gear, and all the pockets and zippers kept us organized.

Shop the Creek 35 PackSee more pack deals

Solution Harness: $60-80 (20% Off)

Black Diamond Solution Rock Climbing Harness Sale

This lightweight harness aims to provide comfort by evenly distributing your weight when hanging as well as reducing pressure on sensitive areas while still maximizing freedom of movement.

Shop the Solution HarnessSee more harness deals

Camalot C4: $58-112 (10% Off)

Black Diamond Rock Climbing C4 Camalots Sale

Black Diamond cams are the gold standard for rock protection. They are invaluable for trad climbing, mixed climbing, and building top rope anchors. We reviewed the new Camalot C4s when they first came out.

These cams are 10% lighter than its predecessor, which is huge weight savings. Beyond that, we love the trigger keeper tech on the larger sizes and that Black Diamond added color to both lobes and the webbing, making them easier to identify on your harness.

Shop the Camalot C4See more cams on sale

Technician Approach Shoes: $101 (25% Off)

Black Diamond Technician approach shoe

In our review, our tester noted, The Black Diamond Technician is a tight-fitting, sticky, and sensitive (yet supportive) approach shoe with an athletic feel. Available in men’s and women’s, it falls on the light side for a trail-oriented shoe, so it works best with sport climbing or lighter trad climbing loads on approaches short of true alpine.”

Shop Men’sShop Women’sSee more approach shoe deals

Man hiking along cliff

Save 50%: Gear Up for Fall With Backcountry’s Labor Day Sale

Backcountry’s Labor Day sale is underway, and we found the best discounted gear from brands like Arc’teryx, Patagonia, Smartwool, and more. Read more…

Categories
climbing

Climbing With Your Camera: Dos & Don’ts

Climb Away‘s vision is to bring people from all over the world together over the love of climbing. Get the organization’s pro tips on climbing photography here.

Rock walls are vast and full of opportunities for lessons and growth. Climb Away, a Canadian organization that employs a variety of outdoor instructors as guides for retreats, facilitates that. And one of the most important topics they cover is how to get beginners comfortable on the wall.

In this article, Alex Eggermont, a Squamish-based photographer and instructor at Climb Away, helps us break down the basics of climbing photography.

Climbing With a Camera
Photo credit: Alex Eggermont

Climbing With Your Camera: Dos

Climbing with your camera can be a safety hazard for you and those climbing around you, especially with all the gear that goes along with it. Before going outdoors with professional camera equipment, it’s important to know what the best practices are.

Here’s how to ensure staying light, safe, and agile, while getting the shots you’re searching for.

1. Know what you’re shooting

Ideally, you’ve climbed the route, or at least know when and where the hard parts are. To avoid disturbing the climber during these crux moments, go to the crag a few times and practice those moves with your climbing partner. Make sure you can climb it smoothly before taking it on as a photographer.

2. Take only one or two lenses

Ideally, you wouldn’t even have to change lenses on the wall and even have two bodies. You’re already hauling lots with you while you’re climbing, so only take the essential camera equipment. Remember to stay light.

3. Use static ropes

Redirect whenever you can so that you can see your anchor point and avoid sharp edges that could lead to core shots way faster than you think. Static will give you more control while climbing and help you be more intentional with directing your angles.

4. New point of view

Find that viewpoint you haven’t seen before. The beauty of photographing climbers is that there are so many movements you can capture. Take on a fresh, new perspective, something that’s special to the climber and their style. Try to be original and create some unique content!

climbing with your camera climber
Photo credit: Mark Doliner

5. Add some flexibility

Having two ropes attached to different anchors and two GRIGRIs is a great way to have lots of flexibility and movement. You want to have as much free flow of movement as possible while capturing the climber. The last thing you want is to feel limited or restricted by your positioning!

6. Get the look!

The eyes of the climber — that’s what we need to see. What’s going on in their head? The focus and intensity of the climber will be seen in their gaze. Make sure to stay present and look for that look. You’ll know it when you see it.

7. Duct tape for the win

Take it with you and tape sharp edges that the rope is rubbing on. The last thing you want to worry about is having your rope fraying and start cutting due to a sharp edge of the climb.

When you do those practice climbs in advance, make sure you identify where you need to place that tape. Don’t forget to pack it away afterward!

Climbing With a Camera
Photo credit: Alex Eggermont

Climbing With Your Camera: Don’ts

1. Don’t bother with lens caps

Use filters to protect your lenses, but you want to avoid the number of parts you need to deal with when hanging on a rope. Remember, stay light! The less you need to carry around with you, the better. Take only the essentials.

2. Don’t let your rope hang underneath you

Pull it back and clip it to your harness, or make it shorter so it doesn’t hang (don’t forget the knot)! The fewer pieces of gear dangling and flying around you, the better.

Ensure you’re staying compact while you’re hanging and moving around the wall to get different angles. No need for any tangling while you’re in action!


Alex Eggermont has over 10 years of global photography and videography experience. He’s traveled and climbed on multiple continents, and worked as a guide in Iceland. He started teaching photography 3 years ago.

Climb Away offers festivals, day trips, virtual classes, and more to help grow — and get people into — climbing. You can learn more about programs with Climb Away here

cliffhanger julie ellison

Cliffhanger: What a ‘Life in the Vertical’ Is All About

Climber and photographer Julie Ellison explores how a small subset of athletes turned their pastime into a professional sport and worldwide phenomenon.  Read more…

Categories
climbing

Black Diamond on Sale: Save on Mountain & Climbing Equipment

Sport Climbing in the Mountains in Black Diamond Gear
Photo credit: Black Diamond

Black Diamond is having an end-of-season equipment sale to help you save money and send your next route.

This week, you can get up to 25% off all kinds of rock climbing gear, ice climbing gear, ropes, shoeslighting, and more. Below, we’ve highlighted some of the best deals, but be sure to check out the entire sale as well.

Shop the entire Black Diamond sale

Trail Trekking Poles: $75 (25% Off)

Black Diamond Trail Trekking Poles Sale

The trail trekking pole is versatile for any terrain in all four seasons. Black Diamond updated the fusion strap to help provide better handling, more comfort, and added security. While durable, these poles are also pretty sleek, weighing in under 1.5 pounds.

Shop the Trail Trekking PolesSee more trekking poles

Vector Helmet: $68 (20% Off)

Black Diamond Vector Climbing Helmet Sale

According to the brand, the Vector Helmet combines lightweight protection, excellent ventilation, and “barely there” comfort, which makes it suitable for long routes where every ounce counts. We also love this helmet’s adjustment straps and fit.

Shop the Vector HelmetSee more helmets on sale

Liquid Black Gold Chalk: $15 (25% Off)

Black Diamond Liquid Black Gold Chalk

Black Gold liquid chalk is an alternative to regular chalk. According to the brand, it absorbs twice the moisture and, once dry, leaves a grippy layer of chalk so you don’t have to reapply as often. Plus, it contains 70% ethanol, which can help kill germs and viruses.

Shop the Black Gold ChalkSee more chalk deals

Creek 35 Pack: $142 (25% Off)

BD creek pack

Burly, water-resistant materials make the Creek 35 pack a popular option with climbers. It’s one of our editor’s go-to crag packs. In our tests, it was easy to carry, held a lot of gear, and all the pockets and zippers kept us organized.

Shop the Creek 35 PackSee more pack deals

Solution Harness: $60-80 (20% Off)

Black Diamond Solution Rock Climbing Harness Sale

This lightweight harness aims to provide comfort by evenly distributing your weight when hanging as well as reducing pressure on sensitive areas while still maximizing freedom of movement.

Shop the Solution HarnessSee more harness deals

Camalot C4: $58-112 (10% Off)

Black Diamond Rock Climbing C4 Camalots Sale

Black Diamond cams are the gold standard for rock protection. They are invaluable for trad climbing, mixed climbing, and building top rope anchors. We reviewed the new Camalot C4s when they first came out.

These cams are 10% lighter than its predecessor, which is huge weight savings. Beyond that, we love the trigger keeper tech on the larger sizes and that Black Diamond added color to both lobes and the webbing, making them easier to identify on your harness.

Shop the Camalot C4See more cams on sale

Technician Approach Shoes: $101 (25% Off)

Black Diamond Technician approach shoe

In our review, our tester noted, The Black Diamond Technician is a tight-fitting, sticky, and sensitive (yet supportive) approach shoe with an athletic feel. Available in men’s and women’s, it falls on the light side for a trail-oriented shoe, so it works best with sport climbing or lighter trad climbing loads on approaches short of true alpine.”

Shop Men’sShop Women’sSee more approach shoe deals

Man hiking along cliff

Save 50%: Gear Up for Fall With Backcountry’s Labor Day Sale

Backcountry’s Labor Day sale is underway, and we found the best discounted gear from brands like Arc’teryx, Patagonia, Smartwool, and more. Read more…

Categories
climbing

Climbing With Your Camera: Dos & Don’ts

Climb Away‘s vision is to bring people from all over the world together over the love of climbing. Get the organization’s pro tips on climbing photography here.

Rock walls are vast and full of opportunities for lessons and growth. Climb Away, a Canadian organization that employs a variety of outdoor instructors as guides for retreats, facilitates that. And one of the most important topics they cover is how to get beginners comfortable on the wall.

In this article, Alex Eggermont, a Squamish-based photographer and instructor at Climb Away, helps us break down the basics of climbing photography.

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Photo credit: Alex Eggermont

Climbing With Your Camera: Dos

Climbing with your camera can be a safety hazard for you and those climbing around you, especially with all the gear that goes along with it. Before going outdoors with professional camera equipment, it’s important to know what the best practices are.

Here’s how to ensure staying light, safe, and agile, while getting the shots you’re searching for.

1. Know what you’re shooting

Ideally, you’ve climbed the route, or at least know when and where the hard parts are. To avoid disturbing the climber during these crux moments, go to the crag a few times and practice those moves with your climbing partner. Make sure you can climb it smoothly before taking it on as a photographer.

2. Take only one or two lenses

Ideally, you wouldn’t even have to change lenses on the wall and even have two bodies. You’re already hauling lots with you while you’re climbing, so only take the essential camera equipment. Remember to stay light.

3. Use static ropes

Redirect whenever you can so that you can see your anchor point and avoid sharp edges that could lead to core shots way faster than you think. Static will give you more control while climbing and help you be more intentional with directing your angles.

4. New point of view

Find that viewpoint you haven’t seen before. The beauty of photographing climbers is that there are so many movements you can capture. Take on a fresh, new perspective, something that’s special to the climber and their style. Try to be original and create some unique content!

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Photo credit: Mark Doliner

5. Add some flexibility

Having two ropes attached to different anchors and two GRIGRIs is a great way to have lots of flexibility and movement. You want to have as much free flow of movement as possible while capturing the climber. The last thing you want is to feel limited or restricted by your positioning!

6. Get the look!

The eyes of the climber — that’s what we need to see. What’s going on in their head? The focus and intensity of the climber will be seen in their gaze. Make sure to stay present and look for that look. You’ll know it when you see it.

7. Duct tape for the win

Take it with you and tape sharp edges that the rope is rubbing on. The last thing you want to worry about is having your rope fraying and start cutting due to a sharp edge of the climb.

When you do those practice climbs in advance, make sure you identify where you need to place that tape. Don’t forget to pack it away afterward!

Climbing With a Camera
Photo credit: Alex Eggermont

Climbing With Your Camera: Don’ts

1. Don’t bother with lens caps

Use filters to protect your lenses, but you want to avoid the number of parts you need to deal with when hanging on a rope. Remember, stay light! The less you need to carry around with you, the better. Take only the essentials.

2. Don’t let your rope hang underneath you

Pull it back and clip it to your harness, or make it shorter so it doesn’t hang (don’t forget the knot)! The fewer pieces of gear dangling and flying around you, the better.

Ensure you’re staying compact while you’re hanging and moving around the wall to get different angles. No need for any tangling while you’re in action!


Alex Eggermont has over 10 years of global photography and videography experience. He’s traveled and climbed on multiple continents, and worked as a guide in Iceland. He started teaching photography 3 years ago.

Climb Away offers festivals, day trips, virtual classes, and more to help grow — and get people into — climbing. You can learn more about programs with Climb Away here

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