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Facts About Pico De Orizaba, Mexico's Highest Mountain
Learn about Pico de Orizaba, popular among mountain climbers and the highest mountain in Mexico, it is also the highest volcano in North America.

How Do Climbers Die on Mount Everest?
Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, is also one of the most dangerous. From 6 to 10 percent of climbers who summit die on the mountain.

April 2015: Huge Earthquake Decimates Mt. Everest Base Camp
A huge earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, causing widespread devastation, sweeping across Mt. Everest Base Camp, and marooning climbers on the mountain. Read about the earthquake, its effect on Mt. Everest, and what the marooned climbers did.

First Aid Supplies - Ten Essentials for Climbing Safety
First aid supplies or a first aid kit is one of the Ten Essentials for climbing safety. Learn about all about first aid kits, why you need to carry one in your climbing pack, and what should be in it.

Johnny Dawes Climbing Quote
A quote about rock climbing and the climbing

Austrian Climber Christian Stangl Tells Big Fat Lie About K2 Ascent
In mid-August, 44-year-old Austrian mountaineer Christian Stangl pulled off one of 2010's best feats of alpinism with a 70-hour solo climb of 28,253-foot

How to De-Fog Eyeglasses and Sunglasses When Climbing
If you wear eyeglasses or sunglasses when you're ice climbing or mountaineering then they will probably fog up from your body moisture and breathing. Here are some products and solutions to keep your eyeglasses fog free when you're outdoors.

Rock Climbing at the Verdon Gorge in France
The Verdon Gorge in France is one of the world's best climbing areas. Here is a complete guide to planning the climbing trip of a lifetime to the Verdon, the Grand Canyon of France, including info on travel, accommodations, camping, services, getting around, guidebooks, and seasons and weather.

Geology: 3 Types of Rock for Climbing
There are 3 main rocks for climbing: granite, sandstone, and limestone. Learn about these rock types, how they form; and how and where to climb them.

Climbing Mount Sunflower: Kansas High Point
If you want to climb to the summit of Mount Sunflower, the highest point in Kansas, follow this comprehensive route description to find the hill on a maze of dusty backroads by the Colorado border.

Statistics for Climbing Accidents, Injuries, Fatalities
A study of rock climbing accidents, injuries, rescues, and fatalities over a 14-year period from 1998 to 2011 details the causes of climbing incidents in the Boulder, Colorado area, including Eldorado Canyon, one of the most popular climbing areas in the United States.

Mont Blanc - Highest Mountain in Western Europe
Learn all about Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in western Europe and the Alps, and a popular mountain for climbers.

Black Mesa: Highest Point of Oklahoma
Black Mesa, the highest point in Oklahoma, rises in the extreme western part of the state's panhandle only 1,299 feet from the New Mexico border. Learn about Black Mesa's volcanic geology, natural history, plant communities, dinosaur bones and trackways, and how to hike to its flat summit.

Rack Equipment on Harness Gear Loops
It's easier to rack your climbing equipment, including cams, nuts, and quickdraws, on the gear loops on your harness rather than on a gear sling carried over your shoulder. Learn here why it's easier much of the time to rack gear loops and how to efficiently rack your cams and nuts so you can quickly grab the right piece when lead climbing.

Watch for Rattlesnakes and Avoid Snakebites
Rattlesnakes are at climbing cliffs and approach trails. Learn about rattlesnakes; how to avoid snakes; snake terrain; and how to use a snake stick.

6 Tips to Assess Wet Rock Before Rock Climbing
Before climbing wet rock, assess its condition so that you don't damage the rock surface. These 5 tips help you make smart judgments about climbing wet rock.

3 Ways to Safely Cross a River or Stream
Crossing a river is dangerous when you climb in Alaska and Canada. Learn why river crossings are hazardous and the best methods to safely cross a river.

5 Sacred Climbing Areas in the American West
Many climbing areas around the United States are sacred ground to Native Americans. Learn about Shiprock, Baboquivari, The Black Hills, Devil's Tower, and Indian Creek Canyon and why these unique and beautiful places are sacred to Native American tribes, including the Lakota Sioux, Navajo, Tohono O'odham, and the ancient Anasazi.

Normal Route description on Stetind, Norway's National Mountain.
Stetind, Norway's National Monument, is a perfect anvil of granite that towers above Tysfjord in far northern Norway. Here's a description of the Normal Route, the usual rock climbing route used to climb to Stetind's flat summit.

Normal Route Description on Stetind in Norway
Stetind, Norway's National Mountain, is a granite peak above Tysfjord in northern Norway. Here's a description of the Normal Route, a climbing route to Stetind's summit.

Normal Route description on Stetind, Norway's National Mountain.
Stetind, Norway's National Monument, is a perfect anvil of granite that towers above Tysfjord in far northern Norway. Here's a description of the Normal Route, the usual rock climbing route used to climb to Stetind's flat summit.

K2, the world's second highest mountain, is usually climbed by the Abruzzi Spur route. Read a description of the route to the summit of K2.
K2, the second highest mountain in the world, is usually climbed by the Abruzzi Spur route up the Southeast Ridge. Read a description of the route and make your own plans to climb to the summit of K2.

How to Climb the Abruzzi Spur on K2
K2, the second highest mountain in the world, is usually climbed by the Abruzzi Spur route up the Southeast Ridge. Read a description of the route and make plans to climb to the summit of K2.

K2, the world's second highest mountain, is usually climbed by the Abruzzi Spur route. Read a description of the route to the summit of K2.
K2, the second highest mountain in the world, is usually climbed by the Abruzzi Spur route up the Southeast Ridge. Read a description of the route and make your own plans to climb to the summit of K2.

The Yeti: Legend, Lore, and Climbing Mystery
The mysterious Yeti lives in the Himalaya mountains. Read about Yeti sightings and footprints; native names; and reports by westerners about the Yeti.

Facts About Nevado Ojos del Salado in Chile
Ojos del Salado is the second highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere and the highest mountain in Chile. Learn more about the world's highest active volcano, including a controversy over its elevation and where the world's highest lake is located.

Francesco Petrarch and the Ascent of Mont Ventoux
Francesco Petrarch climbed Mont Ventoux in the Provence region of southern France in 1336. He later wrote

Facts About Baboquivari Peak in Arizona
Baboquivari, a giant rock peak in southern Arizona, is a sacred mountain to the Tohono O'odham Indians who revere it as the home of Elder Brother. Babo is also popular with climbers for its long adventure routes. Learn more about Baboquivari, its legends, history, first ascent, and significant routes.

Earthquake & Avalanche on Mount Everest: April 25, 2015
On April 25, 2015, a massive earthquake in Nepal killed thousands of people and caused avalanches on Mount Everest, trapping and killing climbers attempting the world's highest mountain.

Avalanche Flattens Tents with Snow and Rock
On April 25, 2015, a massive earthquake in Nepal killed thousands of people and caused avalanches on Mount Everest, trapping and killing climbers attempting the world's highest mountain.

Everest Base Camp at Night After Earthquake
On April 25, 2015, a massive earthquake in Nepal killed thousands of people and caused avalanches on Mount Everest, trapping and killing climbers attempting the world's highest mountain.

Climber Dan Fredinburg
On April 25, 2015, a massive earthquake in Nepal killed thousands of people and caused avalanches on Mount Everest, trapping and killing climbers attempting the world's highest mountain.

Survey of India Discovered Mount Everest in 1852
The Great Trigonometrical Survey, beginning in 1800, mapped all of India. In 1852 the Survey calculated that Peak XV was the highest mountain in the world at 29,002 feet high. Another three years of calculations confirmed that the mountain, called by Mount Everest by Surveyor General Andrew Waugh for his predecessor George Everest, was indeed the highest peak. Read the story of Everest's discovery and the Survey of India.

Do I Have to Be Strong to Go Rock Climbing?


Different Categories and Styles of Climbing
Climbing is divided into many different types and styles, including rock climbing, bouldering, indoor climbing, sport climbing, traditional climbing, ice climbing, and mountaineering. Learn more about all the different types of climbing.

Dateline 1902: First Attempt to Climb K2
In 1902, a, expedition led by Oscar Eckenstein and Aleister Crowley was the second team to attempt to climb an 8,000-meter peak. The goal was K2, 2nd highest mountain in the world. The expedition reached a high point above 21,000 feet but two months of bad weather along with constant bickering doomed the team. Read Part I of the strange story of this dysfunctional expedition.

3 Climbing Movement Drills for Balance
Rock climbing is all about balance and equilibrium. Find and move from your body's core and use your arms and legs to keep in balance. To improve your climbing, practice these 3 climbing movement drills and you'll be climbing harder and higher after a few weeks of training.

Pumped and Flash Pump - Overworked Muscles
Definition of Pumped and Flash Pump, rock climbing words for getting overworked and fatigued arms that cause a climber to fall off a route.

What Is an Alpine Start in Climbing?
Definition of Alpine Start, climbing words for getting an early start on a climbing day in the mountains to avoid loose rock and lightning.

Climbing Capitol Peak -- Route Description for Capitol Peak
Capitol Peak, one of Colorado's hardest Fourteeners to climb, offers a great climbing route with lots of exposure, a summit with spacious views, and the famous Knife Edge ridge. Find a complete route description for the Northeast Ridge Route and make plans to climb one of Colorado's best mountains.

Route Description for Capitol Peak in Colorado
Capitol Peak, one of Colorado's hardest Fourteeners to climb, offers a great climbing route with lots of exposure, a summit with spacious views, and the famous Knife Edge ridge. Find a complete route description for the Northeast Ridge Route and make plans to climb one of Colorado's best mountains.

Climbing Capitol Peak -- Route Description for Capitol Peak
Capitol Peak, one of Colorado's hardest Fourteeners to climb, offers a great climbing route with lots of exposure, a summit with spacious views, and the famous Knife Edge ridge. Find a complete route description for the Northeast Ridge Route and make plans to climb one of Colorado's best mountains.

Mount Sneffels: Colorado's 25th Highest Mountain
Mount Sneffels in the San Juan Range in southwestern Colorado is one of the state's most recognizable and beautiful mountains. Sneffels, a Fourteener or 14,000-foot peak, boasts an interesting climbing history. Read all about Mount Sneffels and four of the best routes up it.

Capitol Peak: Colorado's 32nd Highest Mountain
Capitol Peak in the Elk Range in west-central Colorado is one of the hardest Fourteeners to climb in the state. The stately peak offers sweeping buttresses, towering granite walls, and a great climbing route that culminates with the famed Knife Edge ridge. Learn all about Capitol Peak, how it was named, who did the first ascent, how many fatalities it's claimed, and its climbing routes.

Climbing Mount Democrat and Finding the Trailhead
Here is a route description and information on finding the trailhead for climbing Mount Democrat, a Colorado Fourteener. Page 2.

Climbing Mount Democrat - Route Description
Want to climb a Fourteener? Here is comprehensive information and a route description for climbing Mount Democrat, one of popular Colorado's Fourteeners and it's 29th highest mountain.

Climbing Mount Bross in Colorado - Route Description
Mount Bross, a 14,177-foot-high Fourteener, is one of Colorado's easiest 14,000-foot mountains to climb. Here is a detailed route description to climb Mount Bross as well as information about the peak and the Mosquite Range.

Should Rock Shoes Be Smaller Than Street Shoes?
One of the most commonly asked questions (FAQs) by new climbers is

Tips on Deciding When to Resole Rock Climbing Shoes
When should you get new soles on your rock shoes? Should you wait until your rock shoes are almost worn out? The best advice is to get new soles when you need them and not to wait until it’s too late. Follow these tips to determine when you need a climbing shoe resole.

Climbing Shoe Design and Lasts - Construction
Before you buy a pair of rock shoes, find out about the different types of rock shoes, how they are made, what a climbing shoe last is, the differences between board-lasted and slip-lasted shoes, and rock shoe construction.

The Secret Life of Your Climbing Rope - Wearing Out
How long will your climbing rope last? A long time if you take care of it properly. Find out here about the life of your climbing rope and what wears your rope out.

How to Tie and Use an Equalizing Figure-8 Knot
Learn how to tie and use an equalizing figure-8 knot, an essential climbing safety knot. The equalizing figure-8 knot is a great way to tie yourself and your climbing rope into anchors since the knot is able to equalize up to three different anchors with the rope.

How to Tie and Use an Equalizing Figure-8 Knot
Learn how to tie and use an equalizing figure-8 knot, an essential climbing safety knot. The equalizing figure-8 knot is a great way to tie yourself and your climbing rope into anchors since the knot is able to equalize up to three different anchors with the rope.

How to Tie and Use an Equalizing Figure-8 Knot
Learn how to tie and use an equalizing figure-8 knot, an essential climbing safety knot. The equalizing figure-8 knot is a great way to tie yourself and your climbing rope into anchors since the knot is able to equalize up to three different anchors with the rope.

Different Harness Styles for Different Climbing Styles
Harnesses are specifically made for different types of climbing, including sport, gym, and competition climbing, general all-around climbing, big wall climbing, alpine and ice climbing, caving, and kids climbing. Specific harnesses are made for women and children.

Types of Pitons (Anchors) for Rock Climbing
Pitons, metal spikes hammered into a crack, were used for protection and anchors on rock climbs before the widespread use of nuts and cams in the late 1970s. Modern aid climbers and alpine climbers still use pitons to ascend big walls and ice faces. Learn what are the different types of pitons, including knifeblades, Bugaboos, Lost Arrows, angles, and bong bongs, and how they are used.

Which Clothes Should You Wear Rock Climbing?
Which clothes should you wear rock climbing? Learn about comfortable, loose-fitting climbing clothes, what to wear in summer, and how to dress in layers.

Use Colored Chalk - White Chalk Damages Rock Surfaces
White climbing chalk leaves blotches on cliff surfaces and damages the rock. Many climbing areas require climbers to use colored chalk to match the rock color. Learn about colored chalk and how to Leave No Trace of your climbing.

Which Rock Climbing Shoes Should I Wear?
Which rock shoes should I wear? is a common question. Climbing shoes are the one piece of climbing equipment that immediately help you climb better. Learn how to buy new rock shoes, which shoes are right for your adventures, and how the shoes should fit.

How to Check Climbing Gear for Wear and Tear
Climbing equipment gets used and abused. We take our gear out in extreme environments so it can be easily damaged. Learn how to check and evaluate your important climbing gear--rope, harness, slings, helmet, and carabiners--so that you can retire old equipment before it breaks.

When Should You Replace Your Climbing Helmet?
Climbing helmets wear out from regular use and from exposure to UV light. Learn when you should retire your helmet and buy a new one, and how to take care of your helmet to make it last longer.

Tips to Place Better Nuts - Using Climbing Equipment
Nuts, pieces of metal wedged into cracks, are used to protect you while climbing a route or creating belay anchors. While nuts are easy to place, you need to find the right crack, evaluate the placement, and set the nut. Learn how to place great nuts by following these 10 important nut tips.

Climbing Wet Sandstone Damages the Rock and Routes
When Can You Climb on Wet Rock? is a common question that climbers ask. The answer is easy--wait. Wait until the rock dries thoroughly so you avoid damaging the rock surface, break handholds and footholds, and destroy routes and boulder problems. Find out what are the best rock surfaces for climbing after rain and why sandstone is the worst as well as some suggestions on how long you should wait before climbing after rain.

Differences Between Free Climbing and Aid Climbing
Rock climbing has two distinct disciplines--free climbing and aid climbing. Learn here about free climbing, French free climbing, free solo climbing, and aid climbing.

Guide Review: Bear Grylls Climbing Video
Bear Grylls, a controversial British television adventurer, starred in a rock climbing video on Tombstone Butte near Moab, Utah. Read my guide review of Bear Grylls' Climbing Video

Hangdogging - Definition of a Climbing Slang Word
Definition of Hangdogging, a rock climbing slang word for the process of hanging from the rope while working a route.

Rock Climbing for People Afraid of Falling


Your Basic Trad Gear Rack: Essential Climbing Equipment
What do you need to buy to build a basic rack of equipment for traditional climbing? Here are my suggestions for starting to build your trad rack, including cams, nuts, slings, and carabiners.

Racking Gear - How to Carry Climbing Equipment
Once you've decided what climbing equipment you're going to carry on a route, you need to organize it so that the gear is easy to reach and in a systematic order. Learn here how to properly rack climbing gear on a gear sling for trad climbing.

8 Indoor Tips to Improve Your Outside Footwork
It's easy to lose your footwork when climbing at indoor gyms. All the holds are usually big or positive so you can get by with sloppy feet. Follow these 8 tips to improve your climbing footwork by practicing in your local indoor gym so you can keep your best foot forward out on the rocks.

Rock Faces for Climbing: Slab, Vertical, Overhanging
There are 3 rock face types you'll encounter when you're climbing -- slab, vertical, and overhanging. Learn to climb them and what America's best areas are for each type.

El Capitan: Yosemite Valley's Biggest Cliff
El Capitan, a 3,000-foot-high granite monolith, is the climbing icon of Yosemite National Park. Some of the most famous climbing routes in the world ascend El Capitan, including The Nose and Salathe Wall. Learn lots of interesting facts about El Capitan, including Captain Kirk's ascent in 2287, El Cap geology, and the 1958 first ascent.

How to Give a Good Spot When You're Bouldering
When you go bouldering, you need to learn to give a spot to keep your buddy safe when he climbs. Learn the basics about how to spot a boulderer. He'll thank you next time he falls off!

Guided or Non-Guided Expedition to Mount Everest
After asking: How much does it cost to climb Mount Everest? the next second question climbers ask is: Should I go on a guided or non-guided expedition to Everest? Learn why non-guided expeditions are not the best deal to reach the summit and return safely.

Outdoor Recreation Study Shows Popularity of Climbing
The 2010 Outdoor Recreation Participation Report by The Outdoor Foundation, a non-profit organization, presents detailed information about American

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Traditional Climbing Offers Big Adventures on Cliffs
Traditional climbing is about adventure. Trad climbing is starting at the cliff base and climbing to the top, placing gear and creating belays.

Carry 2 Climbing Ropes for Retreating Off Cliffs
Bring two climbing ropes when you climb long routes and big walls. If you have to retreat, it's easier to rappel with 2 ropes rather than one rope.

Learn How to Lead Climb -- Lead Climbing is Risky but Fun
Lead climbing, when the first climber

How to Climb Multi-Pitch Routes on Big Cliffs
On multi-pitch routes, the second climber needs to remove and rack climbing gear. Learn 7 tips for seconding and cleaning routes to climb efficiently.

Downclimbing: How to Evaluate Mountain Terrain
Downclimbing is an alpine climbing skill that every competent climber needs. Learn to evaluate descents before commiting to downclimbing and rappelling.

Climbing Aconcagua: Highest Mountain in South America
Learn interesting climbing and geographic facts about Aconcagua, the highest mountain in South America and one of the Seven Summits.

Practice Aid Climbing Takes You High Places: How to Aid Climb
To climb a big wall, you need to learn aid climbing. Master basic aid skills on small cliffs, then practice on multi-pitch routes for big wall success.

What Equipment You Need to Go Caving
If you're caving, you need the right equipment. Here is the essential caving equipment that you need, including helmet, headlamp, and caving clothing.

Climbing Facts About Jerimoth Hill — Rhode Island’s High Point
Jerimoth Hill is the highest point in Rhode Island. Discover facts and trivia about the summit of Rhode Island and how to climb Jerimoth Hill.

Essential Rappelling Equipment for Rock Climbing
Here is your essential rappelling equipment, including rope, rappel device, anchor gear, slings, harness, belay gloves, and personal anchor tether.

Your Personal Trad Climbing Gear -- Essential Traditional Climbing Equipment
Here's the personal equipment you need for trad climbing, including rock shoes, harness, belay device, locking carabiners, personal tether, and helmet.

How to Use a Personal Tether or Anchor Chain for Climbing
Personal tethers or personal anchor systems are used to attach climbers to belay anchors. Learn how to use a tether and why tethers keep climbers safe.

How to Use Ascenders for Rock Climbing
Ascenders are used to ascend a fixed ropes on big walls and following aid routes. Learn about ascenders and safety tips when you use ascenders.

Rack Cams & Carabiners to Save Weight -- How to Carry Climbing Equipment
How you rack cams on a gear sling depends on the route you're climbing. Learn about racking cams on carabiners to save weight on racks of cams and nuts.

Climbing Tutorials, Locations, and Equipment
Learn climbing skills and how to use your gear, be safe, set up anchors and move across vertical stone. Get info on climbers and destinations around the world.

Basic Rock Scrambling Techniques for Climbing Mountains
Scrambling is climbing easy rock without a rope or gear. Learn basic climbing skills to become a safe scrambler, scrambling safety, and using a rope.

All About Aid Climbing -- Learn Skills to Go Aid Climbing
Aid climbing uses equipment to climb rather than hands and feet. Aid climbers place gear and move up standing in aiders. Learn to start aid climbing here.

Garden of the Gods: Colorado's Best Climbing Destination
Garden of the Gods is Colorado's oldest climbing area. Learn about climbing at the Garden, guide services, and planning information for a climbing trip.

Garden of the Gods Rock Climbing: Top Colorado Climbing Destination
The Garden of the Gods, a Colorado Springs city park, is one of Colorado's most famous and oldest rock climbing areas. Learn about climbing at the Garden of the Gods, its interesting geology, the main rock formations, climbing guide services, and all the planning information for a climbing trip to the Garden.

Garden of the Gods Rock Climbing: Top Colorado Climbing Destination
The Garden of the Gods, a Colorado Springs city park, is one of Colorado's most famous and oldest rock climbing areas. Learn about climbing at the Garden of the Gods, its interesting geology, the main rock formations, climbing guide services, and all the planning information for a climbing trip to the Garden.

Garden of the Gods Rock Climbing: Top Colorado Climbing Destination
The Garden of the Gods, a Colorado Springs city park, is one of Colorado's most famous and oldest rock climbing areas. Learn about climbing at the Garden of the Gods, its interesting geology, the main rock formations, climbing guide services, and all the planning information for a climbing trip to the Garden.

Sport Climbing Adventures at Maple Canyon in Utah
Maple Canyon in Utah is one of America's best sport climbing areas with hundreds of bolted routes on vertical conglomerate cliffs up to 300 feet high.

Go Rock Climbing on Big Walls at Zion National Park in Utah
Zion National Park is one of America's best sandstone climbing areas with big walls and short crack routes. Use this trip planning info and go climb!

Owl Rock: Tower Climbing Adventure in Arches National Park
Owl Rock in Arches National Park is a fun climbing adventure on a 110-foot-high tower. Use this climbing route description to climb Owl Rock near Moab.

Climb Castleton Tower: Moab's Famous Desert Tower
Castleton Tower, a 400-foot-high sandstone spire near Moab, is one of the best and most popular desert climbing adventures. Learn about Castleton's geology and climbing history.

Climb at Wall Street: Moab's Most Popular Rock Climbing Area
Wall Street, a sandstone cliff along the Colorado River, is the most popular rock climbing area near Moab, Utah. Get all the beta to plan a Moab climbing trip.

Wall Street: Moab's Most Popular Rock Climbing Area
Wall Street, a long sandstone cliff along the Colorado River, is the best and most popular rock climbing area near Moab, Utah.

Wall Street: Moab's Most Popular Rock Climbing Area
Wall Street, a long sandstone cliff along the Colorado River, is the best and most popular rock climbing area near Moab, Utah.

Wall Street: Moab's Most Popular Rock Climbing Area
Wall Street, a long sandstone cliff along the Colorado River, is the best and most popular rock climbing area near Moab, Utah.

Climb Pikes Peak: Colorado's 31st Highest Mountain
Pikes Peak, 31st highest mountain in Colorado, towers above Colorado Springs. Learn facts & trivia about America's famous mountain and how to climb it.

How to Eat Right for Optimal Rock Climbing Performance
It's important to eat well when you go rock climbing. Start with a balanced breakfast then eat energy bars and gels for your best climbing performance.

Prepare and Predict Bad Climbing Weather -- How to Forecast Weather for Climbing
Bad weather often causes climber deaths. Learn about climbing weather, 4 factors that make weather, and how to predict weather to stay safe in mountains.

Your Personal Aid Climbing Gear -- Essential Aid Climbing Equipment
Aid climbing requires lots of equipment. Here's what you need for personal aid climbing gear, along with tips for buying your personal aid equipment.

Big Wall Climbing and Training Tips -- How to Climb Your First Big Wall
Want to climb a big wall? Here's what you need to know to improve your aid skills, haul the pig, clean pitches, ascend ropes and prepare yourself mentally.

Sport Climbing Safety Checklist -- 6 Safety Tips Before Sport Climbing
When you're sport climbing, follow 6 safety tips before climbing to have fun--check your harness, tie-in knot, bolt count, route length, and how to bail.

Killer Bees Attack and Kill Climbers -- How to Avoid Bee Swarms
Africanized honey bees, called killer bees, live in cliffs. Read about climbers swarmed by bees and how to avoid disturbing bees and retreating from routes.

Which Rock Climbing Shoe Rubber is the Stickiest?
Which climbing shoe rubber is the stickiest? Climbers have debated that question for 50 years. Now a study shows the stickiest rubbers for climbing shoes.

Learn How to Climb Chimneys -- Chimneys are Found on Big Climbing Routes
Learn how to climb chimneys, cracks wide enough to fit your body inside. Learn different kinds of chimneys and the best way to climb chimneys.

6 Basic Finger Grips - How to Use Climbing Handholds
To be a successful climber you need to learn how to use handholds effectively and the 6 basic finger grips for climbing. Practice them at a gym first.

How to Pull Your Rappel Ropes Down After Climbing
Rappelling requires essential climbing skills to be safe. Learn how to pull ropes to avoid hang-ups and how to safely retrieve ropes after rappelling.

How to Use a Hip Belay -- Learn to Belay for Rock Climbing
Belaying is one of the essential climbing skills that you have to know. Climbers now always belay with a belay device, but it's useful to know how to give an old-style hip belay in case your drop your device or if you are climbing fast and light in the mountains. Learn more about hip belays, including the 3 elements of a belay and the slip, slap, and slide technique.

Six Performance Tips for Improving Climbing Movement
Learn 6 climbing movement tips to improve performance. Learn climbing strategies and how to use your feet and hands. Practice them and climb better.

5 Ways to Die Climbing -- How to Rock Climb Safely
Learn 5 ways that climbers die--lead falls, rockfall, solo climbing, rappelling, and bad weather. Use basic safety tips and good judgment to stay alive.

Use Stopper Knots When Belaying -- Stopper Knots Keep the Leader Safe
Always tie a stopper knot in the end of a rope when you're belaying a lead climber. It might save his life. Learn about stopper knots and belaying.

Learn How to Climb: Belaying Basics
Belaying is an important climbing skill. Learn and practice the basics about belaying and how to use a belay device at your local climbing gym.

9 Safety Tips to Cross a River or Stream -- Fording a River is Dangerous
Crossing a river on the approach to a climb is dangerous. Follow 9 river crossing safety tips, including footwear, trekking poles and how to avoid falling..

Drink Liquids for Climbing Performance -- How to Stay Hydrated While Climbing
When you climb in summer, you need to drink water and sports drinks to avoid dehydration. Learn how much water to bring climbing and why you need to drink up.

Avoid 4 Common Climbing Mistakes
Climbing requires lots of skills, knowledge, and sound judgment. Learn to avoid 4 common climbing mistakes and come home safe from your adventures.

Climbing Mount Rainier - Highest Mountain in Washington
Mount Rainier, Washington's highest mountain, is the 4th highest mountain in the USA. Learn interesting facts about Mount Rainier and how to climb it.

Climbing Safely is Your Responsibility -- Use Good Judgment
Climbing safely is your responsibility. Stay safe climbing by using good judgment and by knowing the limitations of your skills, ability and experience.

Hand Jam: How to Climb Hand Cracks
Learn how to climb hand cracks by using hand jams and good footwork. Hand cracks are the best cracks to learn how to crack climb since they offer secure jams.

10 Tips to Buy the Best Rock Climbing Shoes
Which climbing shoes should you buy? Follow these 10 rock climbing shoe buying tips to find the best fit, where to buy shoes, and how to save money.

Facts About Volcán Cayambe in Ecuador
Learn all about Volcán Cayambe, the 3rd highest mountain in ecuador, an active volcano, and the highest point on the equator. Cayambe is a popular mountain for climbers with easy accessibility and a moderate route up big glaciers.

ON BELAY Voice Command -- Basic Command Before Climbing
ON BELAY is a climbing voice command used by climbers at the base of a route as well as at the beginning and end of a pitch higher up the cliff.

About Belaying: Learn Essential Rock Climbing Skills
Belaying, simply a climber holding the rope for another climber, is an essential climbing skill. Learn about belaying and how to give a safe belay.

Essential Sport Climbing Gear & Equipment
Here's all the basic climbing equipment that you need to go sport climbing, including a rope, quickdraws, locking carabiners, personal gear, and rock shoes.

Why You Shouldn't Toprope Through Bolt Anchors
A toprope climbing rule is to never rig a your rope through bolt anchors. The sawing of the rope wears out metal anchors, requiring expensive replacement.

How to Climb Mount Fuji -- Trip Planning Information to Climb Mount Fuji
Learn how to climb Mt. Fuji; best seasons to climb Fuji; how to avoid crowds; accidents and fatalities on Mount Fuji; and planning a Mt. Fuji ascent.

Climbing Mount Fuji -- The Most Famous Mountain in Japan
Learn facts and trivia about Mount Fuji, Japan's highest mountain and one of the world's most beautiful mountains, and how to climb Mount Fuji.

Climbing Spitzkoppe: Granite Mountain in Namibia
Spitzkoppe, a granite mountain in Namibia, offers great rock climbing adventures, wildlife, and spectacular scenery in Africa's arid Namib Desert.

What are the Best Climbing Knots? Learn Your Climbing Knots
Learn about the best rock climbing knots; rappel knots; knot strength; how to tie knots; types of knots; and why knots keep you safe when climbing.

3 Great Belay Devices for Rock Climbing
Climbers use 3 types of belay and rappel devices. Learn about each belay device, advantages and disadvantages, and which belay device you should use.

Münter Hitch — Essential Climbing Knot for Belaying
A Münter hitch is an essential rock climbing knot used for rappelling and belaying, and for rescues and emergency situations.

How Much Does It Cost to Climb Kilimanjaro?
How much does it cost to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain? Plan your trip and make a budget for a Kilimanjaro climbing adventure.

10-Year-Old Climber Ascends 5.14a Route: Jon Horst Climbs Red River Gorge Route
Jon Horst from Pennsylvania became the youngest person in the world to climb a 5.14a route without falling at the age of 10 years 7 months at Kentucky's Red River Gorge.

Harney Peak, the Highest Mountain in South Dakota
Harney Peak, the highest mountain in South Dakota, is a sacred mountain to Native Americans in the Black Hills. Read about Harney Peak's geology, natural history, sacred space, name, and first ascent.

Rock Climbing at Belgium’s Rochers De Freyr Cliffs
The Rochers de Freyr in Belgium is one of Europe's best rock climbing areas. The limestone cliffs at Freyr offer over 600 climbing routes of all levels of difficulty. Learn about rock climbing at Freyr and plan a climbing trip to Belgium's unknown crags.

Where to Climb and Rock Climbing Destinations -- Verdon Gorge (Gorges du Verdon) in France
The Verdon Gorge or Gorges du Verdon in southern France is one of the best rock climbing areas in the world with soaring walls composed of perfect limestone and over 1,000 bolted sport climbing routes. Climbing at the Verdon requires not only great face climbing technique and strength but also commitment on its exposed high cliffs. Learn why Verdon Gorge is one of Europe's best rock climbing destinations and make plans for your own trip to the Verdon.

Day Packs for Rock Climbing -- How to Buy a Small Climbing Pack
You need a small pack when rock climbing at your local crag. Learn how to buy a small climbing pack and what to look for before purchasing a pack.

Ice Climbing Equipment
Ice climbing requires a lot of specialized climbing equipment, including crampons, ice tools, ice axes, warm clothing and gloves, and helmets. Learn more about ice climbing equipment and what gear you need.

Winter Mountaineering Equipment
Winter mountaineering and alpine ice climbing requires specialized climbing equipment, including crampons, ice tools, ice axes, warm clothing and gloves, and helmets. Learn about the equipment you need for winter mountaineering and alpine ice climbing.

Belay and Rappel Devices
If you’re going to climb, you’re going to need to buy a belay and rappel device and learn how to use it. The various devices allow you to control and brake the rope by friction as it leads from you, the belayer, to the lead climber above. Learn here about the four kinds of belay and rappel devices so you can make smart purchasing decisions.

California Rock Climbing
California is one of America's best climbing venues. The state boasts world class climbing areas like Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows, Lover's Leap, and Joshua Tree. Explore California's best climbing areas here.

Colorado Rock Climbing
Colorado is one of America's best climbing venues, with lots of great areas, routes, and mountains. Discover some of Colorado's finest climbing areas here.

Climbing Harnesses
Your harness is your most important piece of personal equipment when you go climbing. Here you'll learn what are climbing harnesses and how do they work; how to put on and use a climbing harness; how to buy a climbing harness; and how to take care of your climbing harness. Also you'll find reviews and recommendations of climbing harnesses.

Climbing Ropes
Your climbing rope is your lifeline. Learn here about climbing ropes, how to buy a climbing rope, and how to take care of your climbing rope.

Climbing Shoes
If you're gonna get serious about rock climbing, then you need a pair of rock shoes. Learn here about the different types and styles of climbing shoes; uses of various climbing shoes; how to buy climbing shoes; maintenance and resoling of climbing shoes; and reviews of climbing shoes.

Climbing Colorado Mountains
Colorado has lots of mountains and more terrain above 10,000 feet than any other state. Check out these articles and links to climb Colorado's Fourteeners and mountain peaks.

Colorado's 14,000-foot Mountains
Colorado has 55 14,000-foot-high mountains or Fourteeners. Learn facts about all the Fourteeners as well as find climbing route descriptions and photographs.

France Rock Climbing
France is simply one of the best places to rock climb in the world. Many of the best and most famous limestone crags are in France, including Ceuse, Verdon, and Buoux. Here are some resources about French rock climbing.

Friction Knots for Climbing
Learn all about climbing friction knots, including the Prusik knot, Kleimheist knot, Bachmann Knot, and Autoblock knot. These climbing knots are used for ascending ropes and as a safety back-up when rappelling.

Knots for Rappelling -- Learn All Knots You Need to Rappel
When you rappel off a climb or cliff, you need to use a lot of important knots. Some knots are used to tie two ropes together, while others, like an autoblock knot and a stopper knot, are important back-up knots that keep you safe. Learn here all about knots to use for rappelling.

New Hampshire Rock Climbing
New Hampshire offers New England's best rock climbing, with lots of fabulous routes on its famous cliffs like Cathedral Ledge, Whitehorse Ledge, and Cannon Cliff.

New Mexico Rock Climbing
New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, offers lots of great rock climbing adventures on its mountains and mesas and in its canyons. Check out these links and find out more about New Mexico rock climbing.

Texas Rock Climbing
For a big flat state, Texas has some purty darn fine rock climbing. Find out here about climbing around Austin, Enchanted Rock, and Hueco Tanks.

The 8,000-Meter Peaks — Climbing the World's Highest Mountains
The world's highest mountains are 14 peaks in central Asia whose summits tower more than 8,000 meters (26,247 feet) above sea level. Learn here about each of these exclusive peaks and what it takes to climb them.

Toprope Climbing
Toprope climbing is all about fun. It's also safe and doesn't require a huge amount of gear. Learn here about toprope climbing--the necessary equipment; the needed climbing skills; and how to create safe anchors

Utah Rock Climbing
Utah has more exposed rock than almost any other state. Find out here about rock climbing the sandstone towers and cliffs on the Colorado Plateau as well as the rock climbing areas outside Salt Lake City.

Dictionary of Climbing Words
A general dictionary and compilation of technical climbing words and phrases, with definitions and explanations. Remember that this is strictly a glossary of common American terms.

The 8,000-Meter Peaks — The World's Highest Mountains
The world's highest mountains, all in central Asia, are the 14 mountains that rise higher than 8,000 meters (26,247 feet) above sea level. Learn fast facts here about each of these spectacular mountains.

Avoiding Loose Rock -- How to Avoid Loose Rock
Learn how to avoid loose rock, rockfall, breaking handholds, and accidents when you're climbing by following these loose rock tips.

Lightning Safety for Climbers
Lightning, like climbers, likes high places. Learn here about lightning, its dangers, how to avoid being in a lightning storm, and what to do if you're caught in a lightning storm while climbing.

Climbing Equipment Words
Climbers use a lot of equipment and have a lot of words to describe all that equipment. This is the place to find out about all the words for climbing equipment from aiders to webbing.

Glossary of Mountain and Rock Features
What is an aręte, bucket, or a crevasse? Find out all the words for mountain and rock features that climbers use in this comprehensive dictionary.

The 10 Essentials: Essential Gear to Carry When Climbing
The Ten Essentials will help you in emergency situations when you're climbing. Be prepared and learn about each of the Ten Essentials that you should always carry in your pack and how they could save your life in a mountain emergency.

The Seven Summits -- Highest Mountains on the 7 Continents
The Seven Summits, a well-known mountaineering objective, are the highest peaks on each of the seven continents. Learn here about these seven mountains and climbing them.

U.S. State High Points -- Highest Mountain in Every U.S. State
Check out this list of all the U.S. State High Points as well as profiles of each mountain, including Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48 states.

Crampons
Crampons are essential equipment for climbing hard snow, vertical ice falls, and mountains. Crampons, spikes attached to the bottom of your boots, allow you to climb all kinds of wild terrain. Learn more about crampons, the history of crampons, the basic types of crampons, and how to climb with crampons.

Ice Axes
An ice axe is an essential piece of mountain climbing equipment used for traveling across snow and ice and for climbing steeper ice falls and slopes. There are lots of different kinds of ice axes and ice tools available. Learn all about ice axes, the parts of an ice axe, which axe is best for you, and how to use an ice axe.

Packs
Packs are essential equipment whenever you go climbing and mountaineering, whether it's sport climbing at your local cliff or scaling a big mountain in the Himalayas. Learn all about the different sizes and uses of climbing packs and which pack is right for you.

Climbing Slings
Climbing slings, lengths of webbing that are tied or sewn into closed loops, are an important piece of rock climbing equipment. Learn all about slings, how climbers use slings, the different materials used to make slings, and the differences between sewn and tied slings.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Climbing
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Climbing

Traditional Climbing
Traditional or trad climbing is all about adventure, about climbing from the bottom to the top of a cliff and using only what the rock gives. Learn about trad climbing skills, including gear, how to place cams, leading trad routes, climbing strategies, and how to climb cracks and big walls.

Wyoming Climbing -- Where to Climb in Wyoming
Wyoming, one of the least populated states, has a wealth of climbing and mountaineering on its high mountains, including the Teton Range and the Wind River Range, as well as lots of rock climbing on Devil's Tower and at Vedauwoo. Discover Wyoming's excellent climbing opportunities.

Mount Everest
Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, rises above the border of Nepal and Tibet/China in southern Asia. Find out about Mount Everest, its first ascent, the climbing routes, and strange feats on the roof of the world.

Sacred Mountains
Mountains, high cliffs, and summits have always been sacred places to humans and climbers all over the world. Find out more about mountains, peaks, cliffs, towers, and summits as sacred and holy places.

Pitons
Pitons are simply metal spikes of various widths, lengths, and designs that are hammered into cracks in a rock surface for use as an anchor point on a cliff. Pitons are rarely used now by most climbers since their placement and removal with a hammer damages the rock, although pitons are still important tools for aid climbers.

Bouldering Equipment
Bouldering, the sport of ropeless climbing on small rocks, requires minimal climbing equipment, including rock shoes, chalk bag, and a crash pad.

Carabiners
Carabiners are basic pieces of climbing equipment used to clip the rope into bolts, cams, and nuts as part of the climbing safety system. Learn more about carabiners and locking carabiners.

Chalk and Chalk Bags
Lots of climbers use chalk for their sweaty hands and keep it in a special chalk bag. Learn about the different kinds of chalk, colored chalk, and how to use a chalk bag.

Kid's Climbing
Climbing is a natural activity for children. Learn how to take your kids climbing, teach them climbing safety, and how to be a responsible climbing parent.

Gifts for Climbers
What should you buy a climber for Christmas, birthday, Valentines Day, or any other holiday? Check out these cool gifts that every climber will love!

Climbing Nuts and Cams
Nuts and cams are essential climbing tools that protect you when leading and building anchors. Learn about different nuts and cams and which ones to add to your rack.

Climbing Photographs
Get psyched to get vertical with these stunning galleries of climbing photographs from around the world.

History of Climbing
Climbing and mountaineering have a long and colorful history. Learn about the history of climbing, landmark first ascent, and famous climbers.

Climbing Safety, Dangers & Injuries
Climbing and mountaineering are dangerous activities. Learn how to keep your partners and yourself safe when you go climbing by carrying the 10 Essentials, watching out for loose rock, following basic climbing safety rules and protocol, knowing first aid, being responsible for yourself on the rock, and avoiding lightning and storms.

Where to Climb
Where to climb in the United States and around the world. Explore different rock types and terrain; discover the best climbing areas in the USs; find local climbing areas and mountain peaks; and learn how to find a guide.

Canyoneering
Learn about canyoneering, the sport of descending canyons by hiking, climbing, rappelling, wading, and swimming. Learn to use equipment for canyoneering, and where to go on canyoneering adventures.

Climbing Quotes
Climbers and mountaineers have long written about their vertical adventures, trying to find the meaning of climbing. Here are a collection of climbing quotes from famous climbers to read and ponder on your next mountain adventure.

Europe Rock Climbing
Europe is the ultimate climbing destination, with many of the world's best climbing areas including the Verdon Gorge, Ceuse, Fountainbleau, Freyr, the Costa Blanca, the Dolomites, Kalymnos, and many others. Discover Europe's varied climbing areas and make plans for your European climbing vacation.

Climbing Clothes
Wear climbing-specific clothing and you will be lots happier moving on rock and in the mountains. Learn about what clothes to wear for different seasons and make choices based on guide reviews of climbing clothes, including shorts, shirts, jackets, and winter gear.

Climbing Helmets
A good climbing helmet is an essential part of your equipment for both rock climbing and mountaineering. Fall rocks and impacts from falls are the most dangerous aspects of climbing. Always wear a helmet because your head is soft and the rock is hard. Learn more about climbing helmets, how to buy a helmet, and when to retire your brain bucket.

Avalanches
Avalanches are one of the greatest dangers that climbers and mountaineers face in the mountains. Learn about the types of avalanches, how to predict avalanches, how to safely travel in avalanche-prone terrain, and how to survive an avalanche.

Climbing Dangers
Climbing and mountaineering are dangerous activities. Danger lurks everywhere we climb, with loose rock, avalanches, rattlesnakes, lightning, and bad weather conspiring to injure and maim us. Find out about objective climbing dangers and how to avoid bad situations on cliffs and mountains.

Climbing Injuries and Accidents
Climbing is an impact sport and it's possible to sustain lots of different injuries from accidents. Learn how to prevent and treat climbing injuries and avoid being in a climbing accident.

Climbing Weather
Climbing is a sport that takes place outdoors in the elements. Climbers contend with all kinds of weather and climates in diverse places, including rain, snow, sleet, wind, and heat. Learn about climbing weather, how to predict weather, and how to protect yourself in hot and cold weather.

New England Climbing
New England offers a wealth of rock climbing and mountaineering adventures for climbers of all abilities. Check out climbing areas and routes in the low hills of Massachusetts and Connecticut as well as the sea cliffs in Maine and lots of traditional and sport routes in New Hampshire's White Mountains.

Mountaineering Skills
Learn all the essential climbing skills, including routefinding, weather, avalanche safety, climbing clothing, and mountaineering equipment, to safely climb mountains around the world.

Winter Mountaineering and Climbing
Winter mountaineering offers cold challenges and big risks, including avalanches, snow, severe weather, and wind, but the rewards are great. Learn more about winter climbing, how to stay warm, how to be safe, and how to have more fun in the cold.

Canyon Country Climbing History
The red-rock canyon country in Utah, Arizona, and Colorado has a rich and varied rock climbing history. Check out these interesting historical articles about desert climbers and climbing.

Famous American Climbers
American climbing history is filled with lots of legendary climbers. Learn more about America's greatest climbers and their climbing achievements.

Ice Climbing
Ice climbing is the winter sport of ascending frozen waterfalls and icy mountain faces using specialized techniques and equipment, including crampons and ice tools. Learn about ice climbing, how to climb ice, ice climbing safety, where to ice climb, and ice climbing gear.

Climbing Techniques - Learn Climbing Techniques and Ropework
Rock climbing techniques for beginner to advanced climbers, including how to belay; face climbing techniques; how to climb cracks; slab climbing; lead climbing; how to place gear; setting anchors; top-rope climbing; climbing communication; rappelling and descending; routefinding; and self-rescue.

Climbing Books, Quotes, & Words
If climbers can't be out climbing, then they like to read about it. Get book reviews, inspiring climbing quotes, and climbing essays here.

Climbing Equipment
Rock and ice climbing equipment, including shoes, harnesses, belay devices, ropes, protection, carabiners, clothes, packs, and helmets. Essential gear for rock climbing and how to buy gear. Also reviews, recommendations, manufacturers, and gear maintenance and repair.

Learn How to Climb
Learn how to climb by following this beginner's guide to climbing in an indoor gym. Learn to gear up, tie the right knot, belay and lower, and climb a wall.

Let's Go Climbing
Let's Go Climbing - Learn how to rock climb, types of climbing, and essential climbing gear for beginners.

Mountain Climbing
Learn here about mountaineering or the sport of climbing mountains, one of the finest outdoor opportunities for the lover of high places. Mountain climbing is about challenge and perseverance, about putting hands and feet onto rocks and ice and snow and finally reaching a summit.

Top Climbers
Who are the best climbers in the world? Discover all about the sport's elite athletes in interviews, profiles, videos, and photographs.

Carstensz Pyramid — Highest Mountain in Oceania
Learn about Carstensz Pyramid, the highest mountain in Oceania, an area including Australia, New Guinea, Indonesia, and New Zealand, and one of the Seven Summits.

Where to Rock Climb -- Acadia National Park, Maine
Acadia National Park on the central Maine coast is one of the best rock climbing areas in the eastern United States. Acadia also offers Otter Cliff, the best sea cliff climbing area in the country. Climbers come to Acadia to toprope at Otter Cliff and South Bubble, and to climb excellent multi-pitch routes on The Precipice. Start planning your next climbing trip to Acadia National Park.

Grand Teton National Park -- Climbing Trip Planning Information for the Tetons
Grand Teton National Park with its majestic Teton Range is one of America's premier alpine climbing areas. Plan your next climbing trip to the Tetons with lots of useful trip planning information, including camping, finding a guide, climbing guidebooks, climbing restrictions and permits, and the best climbing seasons.

All About Rock Climbing in Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park in California is one of the best climbing areas in the USA. J-Tree offers over 8,000 climbing routes, including sport routes and jam cracks on granite cliffs, outcrops, and rock piles in the desert east of Los Angeles.

Grand Teton National Park Climbing and Mountaineering -- America's Best Alpine Climbing
Grand Teton National Park is America's premier area for alpine rock climbing, mountaineering, and ice and snow climbing. Climbers come to test themselves on soaring rocky ridges, steep icy couloirs, and steep rock faces. While the Tetons offers thousands of climbing routes, most climbers come to ascend the Grand Teton, its highest peak and one of America's most beautiful mountains.

Mount Shasta Facts - California’s 5th Highest Mountain
Mount Shasta towers majestically above northern California. This massive stratovolcano, one of California's Fourteeners, has a long colorful history and is a popular mountain for climbers. Find out lots of interesting facts and Mount Shasta's geology, volcanism, history, ascents, and how to climb it.

Don and Phyllis Munday and Mount Waddington
Canadian climbers Don and Phyllis Munday discovered Mt. Waddington in British Columbia in 1925 and attempted to climb it 18 times. Read about their epic adventures.

Climbing Facts About Mount Washington -- Highest in New Hampshire
Learn lots of interesting facts and data about Mount Washington, the highest mountain in New Hampshire and New England.

Understanding the Geology of Mount Everest
Why are marine fossils on top of Mt. Everest? Learn about Mt. Everest's unique geology, its 3 rock layers, and why it is still rising higher..

4 Types of Climbing Chalk - Which Chalk is Best for You?
Climbers use chalk to dry sweaty hands and to enhance their grip on handholds. Learn about the four types of climbing chalk that you can buy and use on the rock.

Climbing Mount Whitney: Highest Mountain in California
Mount Whitney, a popular peak for climbing, is California's highest mountain and the highest in the Lower 48 states. Learn cool facts and trivia about Whitney.

Climb Grays Peak: Popular Colorado Fourteener
Grays Peak in Colorado's Front Range is a popular and easy Fourteener for climbers. Learn about climbing Grays Peak and its interesting history.

How to Climb Aretes -- Climbing Arêtes Requires Strength and Technique
Aretes, vertical cliff edges, are rock features that beg to be climbed. Climbing aretes requires strength and technique. Learn to climb aretes with these technique tips.

3 Historic Climbing Ascents on The Nose
The Nose of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley is the world's most famous climbing route. Read 3 stories of historic ascents, including its first ascent in 1958.

Rocker David Lee Roth and the Real Skyscraper Story
Here's the story of a 1987 photo shoot that rock singer David Lee Roth did with climbing photographer Galen Rowell on Half Dome his Skyscraper album cover.

Why Go Climbing? The Risks and Rewards of Climbing
Why go climbing? It's a lot of fun, gets you outside, and challenges you to push the boundaries of the possible. Learn here about some of the risks and rewards that climbing offers.

Dhaulagiri — 7th Highest Mountain in the World
Learn interesting facts, statistics, and trivia about Dhaulagiri, the 7th highest mountain in the world, and its tragic climbing history.

How to Take Care of Rock Climbing Equipment
Climbing equipment takes a beating. Learn about caring and maintaining your climbing gear, including how to check and store gear, take care of your rope, and when to retire gear.

Climbing Smart: Tips to Avoid Climbing Injuries
Climbing is a physical sport so you can get injured if you're not careful. Learn to avoid climbing injuries and accidents, and what to do if you're injured climbing by following these smart climbing tips.

Climbing The Mace: Classic Arizona Rock Climb
The Mace, a sandstone pinnacle south of Sedona, is one of Arizona's most popular and best rock climbing adventures. Follow this route description to climb The Mace.

How to Climb The Mace: Finding The Mace
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How to Climb The Mace: Climbing Route Description
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How to Climb The Mace
The Mace, a sandstone pinnacle south of Sedona, is one of Arizona's most popular and best rock climbing adventures. Follow this route description to climb The Mace.

Climbing The Mace: Classic Arizona Rock Climb
The Mace, a sandstone pinnacle south of Sedona, is one of Arizona's most popular and best rock climbing adventures. Follow this route description to climb The Mace.

Climb Longs Peak -- Highest Mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park
Longs Peak, highest mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park, is one of Colorado's most popular Fourteeners to climb. Learn about Longs Peak's history, geology and climbing routes.

6 Essential Rappelling Skills -- Learn How to Rappel
Rappelling is a skill-based climbing activity for descending cliffs and mountains with a rope. Learn 6 essential skills that you need to know to rappel safely when rock climbing.

Rock Climbing Around Sedona in Arizona
Numerous sandstone towers and cliffs around Sedona in central Arizona offer excellent rock climbing. Learn about Sedona and its great climbing adventures.

Climbing Cerro Torre: Iconic Mountain in Patagonia
Cerro Torre, one of the world's iconic mountains, is difficult to climb. Read about climbing deceit and drama on Patagonia's most famous peak.

4 Planning Tips for Dog Hikes and Climbs
If you take your dog climbing or hiking up peaks, then you need to pre-plan before heading out. Learn about dog first aid kits, vaccinations, training for treks, and where to take your furry friend.

The Dangerous Allure of Free Solo Climbing
Free solo climbing is dangerous. Free soloing, climbing without a rope and gear, is a high-stakes game. If the climber falls, he dies. Learn about free solo climbing and why its deadly allure.

Meru: Review of Climbing Film
Meru, a film released in 2015, is one of the best climbing films ever made. The documentary film follows 3 climbers as they attempt to climb Shark's Fin, one of the great unclimbed routes in the Indian Himalayas, between 2008 and 2011.

The Different Styles of Climbing Ascents
The style that climbers use to ascend a route is just as important as what they climb. Learn about climbing style, including onsight climbs, flash ascents, redpoint ascents, hangdogging, and yo-yo climbing.

The Life and Times of Tex Bossier
Tex Bossier, a rock climber from Boulder, Colorado, died in 2015. Read this remembrance of Tex and his climbing adventures by Pat Ament and Susan Joy Paul.

How to Buy Climbing Clothes for the Summer
Shorts are the best clothes for summer climbing adventures. Learn about climbing shorts, how long they should be, best kinds of fabric, why a gusset is important, and which pockets your shorts need.

Climb Guadalupe Peak - Highest Mountain in Texas
Guadalupe Peak, the highest mountain in Texas, towers above Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Learn about Guadalupe Peak and how to climb it.

Learn How to Rock Climb at an Indoor Gym
What's the best way to learn to climb? Go to an indoor climbing gym. You can learn basic skills, how to move across vertical terrain, and will meet new climbing partners.

Climbing Mount Kahtadin -- Highest Mountain in Maine
Mount Katahdin, centerpiece of Baxter State Park, is Maine's highest mountain and offers some of New England's best alpine rock climbs. Learn how to climb Mount Katahdin.

5 Interesting Facts and Stories about Mount Everest
Learn facts about Mount Everest, world's highest mountain, including first American ascent; first flight over Everest; Mt. Everest geology and glaciers; and is Everest really the world's highest mountain.

Mount Everest: Highest Mountain in the World
Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, rises onthe border of Nepal and Tibet in Asia. Learn interesting facts about Mount Everest, including its first ascent, usual climbing routes, and strange feats on the roof of the world.

Climb Mount Foraker — Alaska’s Third Highest Mountain
Mount Foraker, also called Sultana, is Alaska's third highest mountain. Learn interesting facts about Mount Foraker, including it's discovery, names, first ascent, and other climbs on its snowy faces.

Six Basic Rock Scrambling Skills
If you climb mountains then you learn basic climbing moves when you're scrambling over exposed rocky sections without a rope. Learn 6 basic climbing skills to improve your scrambling and to stay safe in the mountains.

How to Sharpen Your Crampons
The points of crampons, essential equipment for ice climbing, get dull from scraping against rock. Learn why crampons get dull and how to sharpen your crampons.

Toprope Climbing Basics - Learn to Rock Climb
Top-rope climbing is the best way for beginners to get out on the rocks. Check here for the skills you need to know and what equipment you need to buy.

How to Take Proper Care of Your Climbing Rope
Your climbing rope won't last forever. Follow these tips to increase your rope's life--don't step on the rope, use a rope bag, run your rope freely, switch ends after falling on your rope, and regularly wash it.

How to Find a Climbing Industry Job
How do you find a job in the climbing industry? Most climbing jobs are low paying but require experience and credentials. Learn about the best climbing jobs and how to get one.

The Needles -- Rock Climbing in South Dakota’s Black Hills
The Needles in South Dakota's Black Hills is one of the best trad climbing areas in the USA with hundreds of routes up spires, buttresses, and cliffs. The Needles offers many moderate climbs and great adventures.

Learn How to Rappel -- Rappelling is a Climbing Skill
Rappelling is a climbing technique that allows you to do a controlled descent down a rope from a cliff or mountain. Learn here all about rappelling and the essential climbing skills you need to learn to safely rappel.

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Classic Ice Climbing Routes at Vail
The ice climbing sectors around Vail in central Colorado form one of America's best ice climbing areas. Learn more about the Rigid Designator Area and other classic ice climbing routes near Vail.

How to Avoid Loose Rock — Stay Safe Climbing by Avoiding Loose Rock
Loose rock is encountered on almost every route that you climb. Follow these 15 safe climbing tips to avoid loose rocks and climbing accidents caused by rockfall.

All About Aiders — Essential Aid Climbing Equipment
Aiders are the most important piece of gear for aid climbing. Aiders, used as footholds, allow you to ascend blank faces by stepping up these webbing ladders. Learn about aiders, the 3 types of aiders, and how to buy aiders.

Locking Carabiners -- All About Essential Climbing Equipment
Locking carabiners are essential climbing equipment that keep you safe. Learn about locking carabiners, auto-locking carabiners, screw-gate locking carabiners, and when to use locking carabiners when you're climbing.

First Aid for Lightning Strike Victims
The worst thing to happen during a thunderstorm is that you or someone in your climbing party is struck by lightning. If lightning strikes while you're climbing, follow these first aid steps to save a life.

What are the Parts of an Ice Axe -- About Your Ice Axe
Before you buy and use an ice axe, learn all the different parts of the ice axe and what they are used for. Then you can choose the right ice axe for ice climbing, mountaineering, and mountain hiking.

All About Crampons -- Crampons are Essential Mountain and Ice Climbing Equipment
Crampons, spikes attached to boots, are essential climbing equipment for ascending snow, ice falls, and mountains. Learn all about crampons, the history of crampons, and the basic crampon types.

3 Types of Hooks for Aid Climbing
Hooks are essential pieces of aid climbing equipment for big wall climbing. Learn about the three best hooks to carry on your climbing adventures in Yosemite Valley.

All About Spring-Loaded Camming Devices -- Cams are Essential Climbing Gear
Spring-loaded camming devices (SLCDs) are essential pieces of climbing equipment. Cams are placed in cracks for protection and for belay anchors. Learn about cams, what they are, how they work, how to place them, and which ones to buy.

Four Cool Holiday Gifts for Rock Climbers
Check out four cool climbing gifts, including the unique Revolver carabiner, a warm Mammut beanie, an ultra-light Petzl belay device, and the Black Diamond Moji lantern for nighttime adventures.

Be Bear Aware: Bear Safety for Climbers and Mountaineers
In November 2015, two climbers were attacked by a grizzly bear in Canada. Read about their scary escape and how to avoid bears on your climbing trips.

Description of Climbing Longs Peak: The Keyhole Route
The Keyhole Route climbs Longs Peak, one of Colorado's most difficult Fourteeners. Plan your climb up Longs Peak with this detailed route description up Keyhole Route, the most popular mountain route in Colorado.

Climbing Longs Peak: The Keyhole Route Description
The Keyhole Route climbs Longs Peak, one of Colorado's most beautiful and difficult Fourteeners. Plan your climb up Longs Peak with this detailed route description up the Keyhole Route, the most popular mountain route in Colorado.

Climbing Longs Peak: The Keyhole Route Description
The Keyhole Route climbs Longs Peak, one of Colorado's most beautiful and difficult Fourteeners. Plan your climb up Longs Peak with this detailed route description up the Keyhole Route, the most popular mountain route in Colorado.

Climbing Longs Peak: The Keyhole Route Description
The Keyhole Route climbs Longs Peak, one of Colorado's most beautiful and difficult Fourteeners. Plan your climb up Longs Peak with this detailed route description up the Keyhole Route, the most popular mountain route in Colorado.

Climbing Longs Peak: The Keyhole Route Description
The Keyhole Route climbs Longs Peak, one of Colorado's most beautiful and difficult Fourteeners. Plan your climb up Longs Peak with this detailed route description up the Keyhole Route, the most popular mountain route in Colorado.

Climbing Longs Peak: The Keyhole Route Description
The Keyhole Route climbs Longs Peak, one of Colorado's most beautiful and difficult Fourteeners. Plan your climb up Longs Peak with this detailed route description up the Keyhole Route, the most popular mountain route in Colorado.

Climbing Longs Peak: The Keyhole Route Description
The Keyhole Route climbs Longs Peak, one of Colorado's most beautiful and difficult Fourteeners. Plan your climb up Longs Peak with this detailed route description up the Keyhole Route, the most popular mountain route in Colorado.

All About Finger Cracks -- Learn How to Crack Climb
Finger cracks, fissures that are the width of your fingers, are encountered on most climbing routes. Learn about finger cracks, how to find a fingerlock, and why footwork is important for success when jamming finger cracks.

How to Clean Carabiners -- Caring for Climbing Equipment
Your carabiners get dirty and the gates stick. What's the best way to clean your carabiners? Read here and find out the best way to clean the carabiners you use when climbing.

What is a Bachmann Knot? Essential Climbing Friction Knot
The Bachmann Knot is a friction knot with a carabiner handle that is used by rock climbers to ascend fixed ropes.

What is Climbing? Defining the Joy of Vertical Movement
What is climbing? Learn all about rock and mountain climbing, a recreational sport that uses hands and feet to ascend steep obstacles like mountains, cliffs, and artificial walls.

Reinhold Messner Climbing Quote -- Climbing Quote from Reinhold Messner
Here are five great climbing quotes from Italian mountaineer Reinhold Messner, one of the greatest alpinists of the 20th century and the first person to climb all fourteen 8,000-meter peaks.

Climb in Balance with the X-Body Position -- Learn Rock Climbing Movements
Rock climbing is staying in balance and finding equilibrium as you move. Learn to move from your body's core as you climb and to always stay in balance by using the X-body position and moving with 3 points of contact with the rock.