The Misty Mountain Cadillac is probably one of the best rigs for multi-pitch climbs. The support of the wider cut back is unparalleled and finally—no more painful belays! My partner and I sat at what Mountain Project dubbed “the worst hanging belay ever” in Zion this past spring on Monkey Finger and I barely even noticed.

My first harness was a Black Diamond Chaos, which I loved, but hanging out at belays for even thirty-minute intervals killed all sensitivity in my legs. The downside to comfort is that it isn’t as lightweight and packable as other harnesses. For me, I don’t mind the extra weight or bulk and I’d much rather not have to deal with sore hips at the end of the day.

These handmade babies are based out of Boone, North Carolina by climbers who simply love what they do. (Hooray for climbing gear made in the U.S. and not mass produced in a random country!)

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Photograph courtesy of Misty Mountain Threadworks

The leg loops are fully adjustable and the haul loop is rated at full strength. The double buckles offer more of a size range for better adjustment. Overall, the harness is solid. I’ve been using it almost every day the past several months and it continues to stand the test of time (including brutal beatings in offwidths). Also, there are ice clipper slots built in.

You can email Misty directly, and they’re sure to get back to you. Misty is all about customization, too. Just email and request the added belay loop, extra gear loops, you name it. I’m totally requesting cheetah print leg loops.


Disclosure: I am currently an ambassador for Misty Mountain Threadworks and the gear has been provided for this review. As always, all opinions are honest and my own.

2 thoughts

  1. I just got a Misty Mountain harness recently and I love it! So much better for trad and multi-pitch while still rocking at sport.

  2. Just read your review. Funny, Boone is the nearest big town where my family is from……..Matney, North Carolina. Look it up! ha ha

    Anyway-I wrote to them and gave you credit for turning me on to them. I am definitely planning on getting one of their harnesses!

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