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Black Diamond Solution Harness Review

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Touted as a sport climbing harness, the Black DiamondSolution stands out as an extremely comfortable and adept all arounder that is priced well below other comparable harnesses.

On a recent trad climbing trip, I wore the harness on numerous three-pitch climbs, carrying a double set of cams with ease. I have bony hips, and many harnesses dig into them uncomfortably.  Not so with the Solution, which features Black Diamond’s new Fusion Comfort Technology, a design process that uses three separate strands of webbing in the waistbelt for better load distribution while keeping the profile slim. It also uses more material on the hips and less on the front and back, in my opinion the best way to make a harness comfortable.

solution-harness-sideDurability wise, I’ve been keeping a careful eye on it, as a harness made for sport climbing typically isn’t meant to take the abuse of scumming up corners. So far, I’ve found that it’s held up well, with only a little wear on the leg loops from scraping up a couple corners in Indian Creek.

And of course, for sport climbing, it’s fantastic. The comfort is spot on, it doesn’t weigh much, and feels unobtrusive while wearing it. Falls and hangdogging were comfortable.

A harness this nice with brand new technology would typically be priced towards the top of the line, but somehow it comes in at only $69.95. With that kind of value, combined with top-notch performance, I highly recommended this harness for anyone needing an all-around rig that’s light and extremely comfortable. It’s also available in a women’s specific model as well.

Retail: $69.95
Weight: (Size M) 330 g (11 oz)
Sizes: S – XL
Ideal use: Sport, Trad, Multipitch

More info and tech specs available on the Black Diamond website.

Disclaimer: Wait! Before you go handing over your credit card number, ask yourself, do you really need to buy more new stuff? If so, this product is worth a look. In the spirit of full disclosure, it was provided to SplitterChoss.com for the purpose of reviewing. Don’t worry, though, our integrity can’t be bought!

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Local Crags: The Black Point Fishing Area in Narragansett, RI

The Black Point Fishing Area in Narragansett, RI is an ideal seaside bouldering destination. It is one of very few established boulders hidden in the South County area and is well worth a visit from any local boulderers looking to branch out into outdoor climbing considering there is a manifold of climbs ranging from V0 to V9.  Black Point, and the adjacent ‘White Point’ boulder, both offer a surprising number of high quality easy, and moderate, boulder problems, aesthetically pleasing panoramic views of Narragansetts’ coast, the Rhode Island Sound, Beavertail in Jamestown, and even the Pell Bridge can be seen shining all the way from Newport on most days.

Local Crags: The Black Point Fishing Area in Narragansett, RI

Parking for Black Point is situated less than five minutes north of Scarborough Beach on Route 1A.  The coastal side of the rode has a dirt parking lot, fenced off from the road, and has posted signs for the Black Point Fishing Area.  The most common visitors Black Point sees are generally small groups who tend to: fish down by the long stretch of waterfront, stroll through the short walking loop that meanders parallel to the shoreline, or lay out under the sun soaking in the elegant backdrop that is the Atlantic Ocean.

At Black Point, currently, there are roughly fifteen climbs that have been established, with some opportunities for first ascents on new routes and new linkups at both climbable locations. The two spots that offer serious bouldering at the Black Point Fishing Area, the Black Point Boulder and ‘White Point,’ are both accessible by way of the Malcolm Grant Trail, a pathway that cuts down from the parking lot to the rocky coast.

Local Crags: The Black Point Fishing Area in Narragansett, RI

The first of these two, the Black Point Boulder, is the iconic seaside boulder that sits about fifteen feet away from the water.  The usable holds on this boulder are mostly made up of sharp quartz crystals that jut out of the rock in small clusters,  gritty, weathered granite slopers, and several elusive crimp-able holds.  The majority of the climbs on the Black Point Boulder only require one crash pad, excluding the abundance of traversing climbing and linkups that circle the boulder and would be safer with more protection (Rock Spot rents crash pads to climbers on a day-to-day basis for those who do not own their own pad).  The gem on this boulder is Another Word For Pirate Treasure (V8/9) a low traverse that circumvents most of the boulder before pulling for easy pockets to top out. No move on this problem is individually harder than V5, the pump is the crux! The online database that catalogs outdoor climbs, Mountainproject.com,  currently lists several of the existing climbs on this boulders along with their corresponding beta, and soon this list will include full and complete descriptions, with beta photos, for every climb on the Black Point Boulder as well as its neighbor to the north ‘White Point.’

Local Crags: The Black Point Fishing Area in Narragansett, RI

It might not offer the same sandy shores as the beaches that surround it but Black Point is still prime beach day bouldering trip.  It’s possible that the hottest days of the summer can be unaccommodating to some climbers at Black Point, seeing as hotter temps and higher humidity makes rock slicker and more difficult to to grab; however, the breeze that is constantly rolling off the water, coupled with several remarkable shady spots to hideaway in and avoid the heat, makes climbing at Black Point a pleasure even when it’s too hot for the beaches.

Local Crags: The Black Point Fishing Area in Narragansett, RI

A short walk along the coastline and over a field of small boulders leads climbers to a low wall that runs perpendicular to the water for about twenty feet,  a smaller boulder is rested atop one side of this low wall creating a small cave that is featured in several of the climbs.  ‘White Point’ is a newly discovered bouldering area about five minutes north up the coast from the Black Point Boulder.  It plays host to a number of traversing climbs, such as The Curious Case of Captain Cook (V5) a long pumpy climb that works along a rail of crimps, through a small cave like section, to a committing heel hook top out around the back of the wall.  If that problem doesn’t fit your style you could always give a burn on Short Discrimination (V4/5, pictured above) a unique climb that starts with matched toe hooks in a roof and moves up several crimps to a reachy top out. There are several other easy warm-up climbs at this boulder making it well worth the short jaunt up the coast.

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