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As luck would have it, the founder of GearLab has climbed El Cap more times than most people have climbed outside (I'm looking at you gym rats). We have the best comparison reviews for big wall gear you will find on the internet, trust us. Whether you are looking for a big wall harness, aiders, haul bags, or ascenders, our reviews are born from hours of hooking, nailing and inching up the biggest walls in the world. Our work is ad and influence free.

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