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Metolius Climbing

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Getting their start in Doug Phillips’ tiny garage near the headwaters of the Metolius River (where they take their name) more than 25 years ago, Metolius is still in the business of making climbing gear. In the 1980s, the choices one had for climbing equipment were fairly limited and much of the gear then was un-tested, uncomfortable, inadequate or unavailable. Many solved this problem by making their own equipment, the Metolius crew included. Today, their safer-by-design philosophy has evolved as a result of the incredible dangers associated with climbing: rock fall, bad pro, falling off, avalanches, untied knots…the list is long! It’s not just some jive marketing statement, but one born and bred from a lifetime’s worth of accumulated experience. Their mission is to make the strongest, safest, most bombproof gear in the world. At every opportunity, they try to exceed the established safety standards while providing the highest level of performance. They exhaustively test and re-test, in the lab and out in the real world…using themselves as the test guinea pigs! The sport of climbing, a way of life really, has so many amazing aspects: the incredible places it takes you, the wide variety of ways you can climb (from wee boulders to massive 8000 meter mountains), as well as the people you meet. Climbing brings people and nations together and Metolius is there with climbing great for big wall, trad, sport, bouldering, mountaineering, indoor climbing gyms, and training.

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