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Q&A with Kai Lightner

October 12, 2020

When and how did you get started climbing? Even though I didn’t begin climbing in a gym until I was 6, I stayed in trouble for climbing things WELL before then. From climbing over baby gates in our house (before I could walk) to eating lunch on the basketball hoop in our driveway, my mother…

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Q&A with Sean McColl

October 12, 2020

When and how did you get started climbing? I started climbing in 1997 with my family. Our tennis club had closed to we wanted to find something to do as a family. We bought a year membership for the local climbing gym, and I loved it instantly. What motivates you to climb and why do…

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young man clipped into perfect descent auto belay for competition

Q&A with John Brosler

October 12, 2020

When and how did you get started climbing? I started climbing at summer camps when I was little and joined Team Texas when I was 10 years old. I started competing in 2009 when I was 12. Why did you start competing and why do you keep doing it? I started competing initially because my coach…

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Sponsorships in 2020: Polish Speed Competition

September 14, 2020

With pandemic restrictions easing in many parts of the world, Poland recently hosted a regional Speed Climbing competition. In a year that has lacked a significant opportunity for athletes to compete we were happy to sponsor an event in the home of World Champion Speed Climber and Olympian, Aleksandra Mirosław. On Saturday, August 29th, the big…

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Perfect Descent Auto Belay Certification

September 3, 2020

Perfect Descent Auto Belays are certified to ten times EN 341:2011 Class A. EN standards establish comprehensive testing requirements for commercial auto belays used in climbing gyms and similar vertical climbing activities. Keep. reading to learn more about auto belay certification.

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Cleaning and Disinfecting Perfect Descent auto belays

COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidelines

May 12, 2020

Perfect Descent Auto Belays can be a valuable tool to help manage physical distancing and the flow of people in climbing gyms. Auto belay routes eliminate close contact with belay partners and restrict high-touch points to several easy-to-clean areas. While there remains a lot to be learned about climbing gym operations during the COVID-19 pandemic,…

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Partnering with the CWA for the Membership Assistance Program

April 22, 2020

Building Community One Climbing Gym at a Time Perfect Descent has partnered with the Climbing Wall Association (CWA) to launch the Membership Assistance Program which aims to give every climbing gym in the world a free one-year membership. In these unprecedented times, we are only as strong as we are united, and it just became…

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IFSC Pan Am Championships 2020

Breaking Down the Importance of the IFSC Pan-Ams Championships in an Olympic Year

February 28, 2020

This week, from Feb. 24–March. 1, marked the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) Pan-American Championships at climbing gym Sender One in Los Angeles, California. Kicking off the 2020 Sport Climbing season, the championships will determine the final quota of Pan-American athletes qualified to compete at the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer.  With just…

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First in Speed, First in Safety: Solving the Single Spring Problem

December 18, 2019

People typically see the brake that controls the lowering speed as the critical mechanism in auto belays, and while they are essential, have you ever considered what happens if an auto belay stops retracting?  The most common self-contained auto belays on the market use a power spring to retract the climber’s lifeline as they ascend.…

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Perfect Descent Sponsors Historic IFSC Climbing World Championships in Hachioji, Japan

September 4, 2019

August 20, 2019 marked a historic moment in competition Sport Climbing as the first-ever Olympic climbers were confirmed during the Combined Finals in Hachioji, Japan.  This first ever Olympic Qualifying event followed more than a week of competition with over 253 athletes from 39 countries battling to take home the World Champion title in Lead,…

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