No other sport relies quite as heavily on gear during life-and-death situations as climbing. From short sport climbing routes to multi-day big wall aid climbs, your gear is your only lifeline holding you to the rock (and sometimes, when you’re a few hundred feet up a sheer wall, no amount of gear seems to be enough). Selecting the right harness, rope, and protection, makes the difference between not just surviving your time on the wall, but enjoying every agonizing toe hold and finger-cramping crack jam. Here’s what we hauled up the rock on our recent climb up Ancient Art tower in Moab, Utah.

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