Under Pressure and Super Cool Gear Talk
With the weather quickly getting palm-sweatingly delightful, goodness knows everybody is going to be getting outside. While we might not all play the same way, usually there will be some kind of gear involved. Whether that be a ball, a parachute, or a full rack full of cams ready for your next hard trad climb (getting ahead of myself? Yes. But that's ok I don't mind), gear can play a huge role in the enjoyment of your chosen activity. Good gear only comes about after rigorous testing processes; I mean imagine, would you want to play soccer with a ball made out of lead? The inventors of the soccer ball probably thought along the same lines as you initially, but after some testing found out that lead and the human skeleton don't usually go together well. Gear testing is very important, and this sweet vid from EpicTV shows all of the work that goes into making a simple quickdraw! From carabiner pressure tests to making sure that the needle you are using to sew is actually making it all the way through the material, it actually gives me personally an overwhelming feeling of security knowing the process that goes behind making these little devices that have allowed us to get up to 5.15c climbing! Seriously, La Dura Dura is hard and if you don't know what it is, you should look it up. Anyways, I feel like I made a hugely long winded post about something so simple, but I'm just excited ok?
NOTE: Anyone who can come in and break a brand-new carabiner (receipt necessary) purely by pulling on the top and bottom ON THEIR OWN will receive a lesson on how to be a human being presented by yours truly free of charge.