This is a site about rock climbing, written and curated by Tim Preston. Here you’ll find thoughts and information on: gear, methods, and climbing related things. It will be a mixture of original and curated content: how-to, new technology, and some old-school stuff that’s still handy (showing my age!). More for the everyday climber than the leading edge, also some basic stuff for beginners as I’m learning all over again after a long break.
Climb Design is also designing and producing climbing equipment to be made in Australia. LittleHammer was successful on Kickstarter, being funded to produce the first batch for backers. There are more designs to follow that will be promoted and sold here. A big thanks to our supporters from our two Kickstarter campaigns, see the supporters page for more.
In returning to climbing after many years I’ve discovered learning is not about climbing with a mentor or listening to stories and opinions around the camp fire anymore. It’s stories around the online forum and all the great resources on the web (flickering light on enthralled faces in both instances). New ideas, arguments, many alternatives — it’s hard to decide what will work for you in all this. This blog will offer some cool things I’ve sifted out.
In-between the climbing parts of my life I gained a degree in Industrial Design and spent a bit of time mucking around with boats (wooden sailing ship building). A fascination for sail rigging and general rope-work forms part of my climbing gear fixation; the other part is the new gear is so shiny and beautifully engineered… though I still love my old rigid stem SLDCs but they now reside on a 28 gram wire-gate carabiner!
The problem solving side of climbing resonates with my design bent. How you arrange protection or an anchor with what’s left on your rack and a random rock feature, it’s like a puzzle you solve with gear and knowledge, a puzzle that your life depends on. I find myself dreaming up solutions long after a climb where a problem was resolved unsatisfactorily.
I’m also into designing aid climbing gear at the moment even though I’ve spent more time making aid gear prototypes than aid climbing! I like aid because you can make your own “boy-weight only” gear, designing this stuff is an extension of the problem solving above…
“how do I make this better / possible / less frightening?”
Design, production, and distribution I have experience in through our business usethings which was established in 2004 and offers our own designs for furniture, fittings, and home-ware. We’ve been trading over ten years now primarily online. You’ll actually be using the usethings store via a back door to purchase Climb Design products.
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