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Are Sharpies on Climbing Ropes Safe? Break tests with Sharpie Permanent Markers vs Beal Rope Marker

I think... is the answer. After two break tests and surviving after doing it for 15 years, I think sharpie permanent markers are safe-ish. HOWEVER, after hanging out with Brent Roth who is helping us launch our HowNOT2 Canyon series, I'm a believer in the Beal rope marker found at He gives a firehose of useful information in rope care and marking your ropes. This is one of our best episodes!

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Breaking Gear Fear

Edutainment has been a great way to help people understand their gear, and know the true limitations of it.  Watching HOW gear fails is more important than the force itself, as almost all gear is super good enough.  It's more important to share information on how to stay safe than it is to have a paywall.  We hope our stoke is contagious.

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