How many meters of a polyamide fibre can possibly be in, let’s say, a 60-meter rope? Hundreds? It could even be kilometres, I was thinking when I was walking (with my back hunched so that I wouldn’t get too entangled in the manufacturing process) under the stream of thin, almost see-through veins lit by fluorescent lamps which were running above my head.
Two years ago, Jáchym was the first person to show me a photo of the Western face of Silberhorn. Back then, the mighty duo Schali and Siegrist made the first ascent of Silberrucken. Jáchym told me he would like to place some pro in the Alps, too, and he also said that apart from one classical route there is nothing else done in this wall. I waited until August 2021 to get the answer to a question why.
We spent more than a year by careful planning of details, giving thought to every pocket and loop, taking into consideration overall functionality and testing. Eventually, we managed to combine the materials of the highest quality with a neat modern design, and we created the TENDON Gear Bag.
In autumn our ambassador Zdeněk „Háček“ Hák and Jakub Kácha made a first ascent in the western face of Ama Dablam (6812 m). We bring you a short interview with Háček about the rope strategy for this difficult ascent. They carried it out using our thinnest rope – Master 7.0
A climber’s rope is a lifeline. It is so important to know when to replace your climbing rope. We also help you how to cut a rope.
A climbing rope is your lifeline on the crags. Proper care is important for your safety and to ensure a long lifespan for the rope.
Good rope management ensures that you don’t arrive at the crag with your rope in a tangled mess of knots. Tendon athlete - Danny Menšík shows you four different ways how to coil your rope. - standard butterly coil - mountain butterfly coil - backpack butterfly coil - alpine coil
Learn how to find a climbing rope that's right for you, with information about types of ropes, diameter, length, features and safety ratings.
Before packing the ropes for a trip to the mountains you should be clear what you are about to do, where you will walk and climb, what the terrain is like and how you would descend.
Mary Catherine Eden is a crack climber, photographer, painter but mainly a nice person with a good sense of humour.
The first day of spring is long gone, and apart from the love seals, under the flowering trees, it means that the rock season is knocking on the door. And we ask, do you have the right rope for the rocks? Our long-time ambassador Cosmin Andron will help you with the selection. Cosmin has a doctorate in philosophy from the University of London, but you will probably be more interested of him being a certified IFMGA mountain leader:-).
Short approach, many pitches, interesting and challenging climbing. Personally when it came to climbing in NZ I had always hoped I could either climb or develop a true big wall style route.
Also for the next year, we have prepared some new stuff for you, thanks to which climbing will be even better.
Crack magician Tom Randall has been on the Tendon team since last year. During that time, we found out that he is not only a great climber, but also a precise and modest guy who will never say "No" to you. So it's no surprise that he agreed to an interview for our blog. Tom and I talked about his relationship with ice axes, industrial climbing, his functioning during the pandemic, and also about the career of a marathon runner, which he has been discreetly building.
All three of us were hanging of the rocky outcrop. It was already afternoon and the team on the British route had been long gone since early morning. This was supposed to be a short break but neither of us moved. We looked at each other and the gaze was reflecting the same message: “it doesn’t look great!” No-one wanted to say a word or maybe neither of us wanted to say THE word.
The word corona has currently become the most famous word in the world! Everyone knows it and it won’t disappear from history that easily. Each of us is going through a personal crisis both at work and in normal life. A lot of things have changed and life is not as it used to be. But one day it’ll all end, and we will function normally again. I won't have a face mask rash and I'll even be able to buy a ticket to Spain.
This winter is not very generous for snow and frost, but the conditions for climbing in some Tatra walls are almost legendary and so it would be a pity not to use them. After the first period of snowfall, then great warming and later sudden cooling down, Ondro (Ondrej Húserka) and me decided that in the north of the Tatras the conditions could finally be hard and therefore good for climbing?!
New for 2020. New "indestructible" single rope MASTER PRO 9.7. Great handling, high sheath resistance is just a fraction of what you can expect from our new rope .....
TENDON with its products for rescue services and work at height will again be presented at the world's largest trade fair A + A, which is the world trade fair for occupational health and safety
The degree examination was a success, so I finally gave free rein to my imagination. This year, too, I could not give a miss to a trip closest to my heart, to France, to Chamonix, for the third consecutive year. So far, every year I managed to make a new mountain highline first ascent there, or at least the first repetition. Two years ago on the Aiguilles du Diable, last year between Ravanel and Murmmery, and this year a totally dreamy line on the Aiguille de la République (“Republic”) succeeded.
Another serac rips from the summit ice cliffs of neighbouring Mount Dickey, and the familiar roar of avalanche thunders through the valley. My calves shake on crumbling footholds, the infamous “Cracker Jack Gravel” of the Ruth Gorge. I’m balanced on an arete well above my last piece. I reach for a pecker piton and weld it into a thin crack with my free hand, tightening my crimp on the other. I launch into the corner above, loaded with tottering loose flakes. The world disintegrates below as I fire in two hand jams, choss exploding hundreds of metres down the sheer East Face of Mount Barrill, swallowed up by the glacier below. Chemicals flood my brain: relief. Another piece of the puzzle unlocked.
Three years have passed since that I stood at this well-known place the last time. Wooden sign of the Hem Herhu Hostel, a lawn, a few tents, a crumbling boulder and laughing Hugo smoking in front of a red brick house. I can feel the wind in my face. The wind that is only here and nowhere else in the world! The wind that can change from a pleasant breeze to a total crazy hell in a moment. I close my eyes and shout Viento Patagonico with a smile ...
When I started climbing, I was 11 years old. I completely got hooked on climbing. When I set out to attain a goal, I do anything to accomplish it finally. Sometimes it was really hard and sometimes I was in a state of shock for how easy it was. Not always you can succeed just at the first attempt. It is important to believe in yourself and go for it.
What do I recall when I remember "our" Yosemite? El Cap, Half Dome, sleeping in the wall high above the ground, morning cold and hunger in Camp 4, free coffee in fast food, evening campfires, endless cracks, huge granite walls, annoying rangers, tourists, traffic jams, thieving raccoons, bears... And of course well-known names, such as Royal Robbins, Warren Harding, Jim Bridwell, John Bachar, Ron Kauk, Lynn Hill, Tommy Caldwell, and others. All this is inseparably linked to the Yosemite Valley. I was fortunate enough to spend some autumn weeks with my friends there in 2018.
Our Ambassador Ondra Beneš returned last year after a long trip to Yosemite to make some of his climbing dreams come true. For instance, it was the extremely difficult "El Nino" route on El Cap or "The Phoenix" which was said to be the first in the world to meet the 5.13 classification in the American rating, corresponding to 7c+. Ondra continues now...