Because of the nature of the Via, a lot of the people who pass through Nelson Rocks are curious about the world of rock climbing. It’s rather easy to see why; the climb itself allows the otherwise inexperienced person to see views normally reserved for those with specialized training and equipment. Since the majority of the climbers we have come through the via are new to our world, we are constantly asked questions about various subjects, a lot of which are about gear. As the season draws to a close, I’ll try to cover a few things we are more commonly asked about.
Personally, I absolutely love gear; I’m constantly looking into different products for different applications. When someone asks a question about what kind of gear we use on the via, I honestly get giddy with excitement. Now, looking at all of the guides here at NROC, it’s easy to see a common trend amongst us all, Misty Mountain harnesses, as well as Five Ten shoes. The via can be very tough on gear, and for the guides who are out on it every day, durability and comfort are two of the most important qualities we look for when choosing what we use.
Misty Mountain has been making harnesses down in Banner Elk, North Carolina for years, and makes one of the best traditional climbing harnesses in the industry, called the Cadillac. It offers the most important traits for us, and considering that all guides here are climbers at heart, pulls double duty as one of the best multi-pitch free harnesses we can get. Their company’s commitment to sustainability, and the fact that they’re made in America make them my choice and the choice of most NROC guides- hands down. It’s very nice and convenient to work with a company that can give you exactly what you’re looking for in a harness, even down to the very color you want.
Here is a link to the Misty Mountain Threadworks page, call them up if you have any questions, they’re extremely nice people and will be glad to answer any questions you might have regarding the gear they manufacture, everything from the harnesses to slings and crash pads.