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A Knife is Essential Equipment for Climbing
A lightweight knife is an important piece of climbing equipment. You can cut old slings, slice webbing for rappel anchors, and cut the rope for rescue. Learn when you need a knife and what kind of climbing knife to buy.

How to Use Climbing Voice Commands to Keep You Safe
Climbing voice commands are basic verbal commands that rock climbers use to communicate with each other when they're climbing. Learn why climbers use voice commands and what the basic voice commands are.

Up Rope! Climbing Command for Pulling the Rope Up
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5 Great Gifts to Make You Climb Like Chris Sharma
What are you going to ask Santa for this year? He can't make you climb like Chris Sharma, but he can give you the gear that Chris uses. Here's some gift ideas that will keep you climbing like Chris Sharma.

First Ascent of Tower of Kor
A twisted tale of climbing remote towers in the western Arizona desert with Layton Kor, Brian Shelton, and Dr. Bill Springer between 2009 and 2013. There is nothing better than climbing adventures with good friends at wild places.

Climbing in the Arizona Desert with Layton Kor
A twisted tale of climbing remote towers in the western Arizona desert with Layton Kor, Brian Shelton, and Dr. Bill Springer between 2009 and 2013. There is nothing better than climbing adventures with good friends at wild places.

World is Full of Adventure
A twisted tale of climbing remote towers in the western Arizona desert with Layton Kor, Brian Shelton, and Dr. Bill Springer between 2009 and 2013. There is nothing better than climbing adventures with good friends at wild places.

Attempting an Unclimbed Tower
A twisted tale of climbing remote towers in the western Arizona desert with Layton Kor, Brian Shelton, and Dr. Bill Springer between 2009 and 2013. There is nothing better than climbing adventures with good friends at wild places.

Route Required Competent Climbing Skills
A twisted tale of climbing remote towers in the western Arizona desert with Layton Kor, Brian Shelton, and Dr. Bill Springer between 2009 and 2013. There is nothing better than climbing adventures with good friends at wild places.

Climbing a New Tower
A twisted tale of climbing remote towers in the western Arizona desert with Layton Kor, Brian Shelton, and Dr. Bill Springer between 2009 and 2013. There is nothing better than climbing adventures with good friends at wild places.

Summit of Bighorn Tower
A twisted tale of climbing remote towers in the western Arizona desert with Layton Kor, Brian Shelton, and Dr. Bill Springer between 2009 and 2013. There is nothing better than climbing adventures with good friends at wild places.

A Bigger Tower Next Door
A twisted tale of climbing remote towers in the western Arizona desert with Layton Kor, Brian Shelton, and Dr. Bill Springer between 2009 and 2013. There is nothing better than climbing adventures with good friends at wild places.

7 Tips for Deep Water Solo Climbing
Deep water solo climbing is a lot of fun but it also requires planning and practice. Here are deep water soloing tips for climbing, high and low tides, how to fall, swimming, cliff assessment, and safety.

French Free Climbing
What is French free climbing? Climbing French free is making occasional aid moves while free climbing a route.

Deep Water Soloing: Climbing Above Water
Deep water soloing is pure minimalist climbing with a climber, clad only in rock shoes and shorts, climbing above deep water without a rope and safety equipment. Learn about deep water soloing, its history, and why it's fun and cool.

What is a Rope Gun? Definition of a Climbing Word
What is a Rope Gun? Learn about this climbing slang word, which refers to a climber which leads all the hard routes and pitches.

What is Free Climbing? Definition of a Climbing Technique
What is Free Climbing? Free climbing is the common climbing discipline when a climber ascends a rock face by only using his hands and feet, and using gear only for protection from injury.

Basic Bouldering Equipment - Essential Climbing Gear
The beauty of bouldering is not just doing hard moves but also its minimalism. You don’t need to spend lots of money on equipment to have fun on the boulders. Here are the 3 essential pieces of climbing equipment that you need to go bouldering.

What is a High Ball Boulder Problem?
Definition of a High Ball boulder problem, a climbing slang word which refers to a high and scary boulder problem that a rope is not used for safety by the climber.

All About Climbing Packs — Which Climbing Pack Do You Need?
You need a pack whenever you go climbing, whether sport climbing at your local cliff or scaling a big mountain. Learn about the six types of climbing packs you need to carry everything for your adventure and which pack is right for you.

Take Your Dog Rock Climbing
If you take your dog on technical rock climbs and rappels then he needs a special dog harness. Learn more about dog harnesses for climbing and safety work, then get your pooch on the rocks.

Dateline 1806: Zebulon Pike Attempts to Climb Pikes Peak
Lieutenant Zebulon Pike and 3 soldiers attempted to climb 14,115-foot Pikes Peak in November 1806. Read the story of their historic ill-equipped expedition and why they retreated from the mountain.

Learn How to Climb: Tying into the Rope
Learn how to rock climbing by learning how to tie into a climbing rope and why the figure-8 follow-through knot is the best knot for tying in.

All About Climbing Carabiners -- Carabiners are Essential Climbing Equipment
Carabiners are an essential piece of climbing equipment that you use every time you go climbing. Learn more about carabiners, the types of carabiner gates, and how they are used in the climbing safety system.

The Carabiner Brake Method — Learn How to Rappel
How do you rappel if you drop your rappel device on a rock climb? The best way to get down is by using the carabiner brake method. Learn all about the carabiner brake including its advantages and disadvantages so you'll know how to manage in an emergency situation.

Do a Buddy Check When Climbing -- 5 Safety Tips Before Climbing
Use the buddy system when you go climbing to keep safe. Buddies look after each other, double-checking knots, harnesses, and safety systems. Follow these tips before leaving the ground to stay safe climbing.

Nutrition: Essential Food for Climbers
Nutrition is one of the Ten Essentials of climbing safety. Learn about the extra food you need to carry in your climbing pack so you can satisfy the munchies if you get lost or benighted on a cliff or hiking approach.

Sun Protection -- The Ten Essentials for Climbing Safety
Sun Protection is one of the Ten Essentials for climbing safety. Learn about sunburn, sunglasses, sunscreen, and protective clothing for your next climbing adventure under the sun.

Review of Petzl GriGri 2 Belay Device
A review of the Petzl GriGri, a self-braking belay device for rock climbing.

What is a Pitch in Climbing?
What is a Pitch in rock climbing? Learn the definition of Pitch, a climbing word for a length of climbing that is usually defined by the rope.

How to Store Climbing Slings — Taking Care of Slings and Webbing
Your climbing slings are an essential part of the climbing safety system. Learn how to store your slings properly and how to decide when to retire them.

Drink Lots of Water when Mountaineering
When you're climbing and hiking in the high mountains, it's easy to become dehydrated in cold temperatures and high elevations. Learn why you need to drink lots of liquids to stay hydrated.

Slab Climbing is Fun and Teaches Footwork -- How to Slab Climb
Slab climbing is ascending rock faces that are angled less than vertical. To climb slabs, you need good footwork, can read the rock, and keep a cool head. Learn how to slab climb and the best places to climbs slabs in the USA.

What are Jumars? Definition of a Climbing Word
What are Jumars? Here is a definition of Jumars, a climbing equipment word for a Swiss mechanical device for ascending fixed ropes.

What is a Project?
What is a climbing project? A project is simply a route that is very difficult, requiring days or months for a climber to successfully climb it from ground to anchors without falling.

How to Project Hard Climbing Routes
If you want to climb hard sport routes, then you have to learn to climb projects or routes harder than your climbing ability. Learn 10 essential tips to pick the right project and how to succeed on your project route.

Climbing Glossary
Climbing is full of technical jargon. Want to know the meaning of aręte, beta, carabiner, dihedral, red-point, or mantel? Find out here in a complete glossary of climbing words.

What is an ATC? Definition of a Climbing Equipment Word
What is an ATC? Learn all about the ATC, a piece of elegant and useful climbing equipment that is a belay and rappel device designed and manufactured by Black Diamond Equipment.

Zion Flash Flood Kills 7 Canyon Hikers
A flash flood raged down Keyhole Canyon in Zion National Park on September 14, 2015, sweeping 7 canyoneers to their deaths. Read more about the flash flood, canyoneering,and the backcountry safety lessons to be learned from this tragedy.

Seven Canyoneers Die in Zion Flash Flood PART 2
A flash flood in Keyhole Canyon in Zion National Park killed 7 canyoneers. Read Part 2 about what happened in the canyon, the huge rain storm and flood, and the recovery of the victims downstream.

All About Nuts, Chocks, Wired Nuts, and Micro Nuts -- Nuts are Essential Climbing Equipment
Nuts, also called wired nuts, chocks, artificial chockstones, and micro nuts, are essential pieces of climbing equipment. Nuts are simply small pieces of metal that are wedged and slotted into cracks. A climber then attaches a rope or a knot to the nut with a carabiner, creating a solid and secure anchor. Find out all about nuts, what they are, and why nuts are important climbig tools.

Facts About Kilimanjaro — Highest Mountain in Africa
Learn cool facts and lots of information about Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, one of the Seven Summits, and one of the most popular high mountains in the world for climbers.

Being Prepared for Climbing Emergencies — Carry The Ten Essentials
You have to be prepared for emergencies when you go climbing and hiking in the mountains. You could get lost, get benighted, injure yourself, or get wet. Learn about the Ten Essentials and how they could save your life in an emergency.

All About Chalk Bags - Essential Climbing Gear
Chalk bags are simply small fabric sacks that are filled with climbing chalk and carried on a belt around a climber's waist. Learn more about chalk bags, their different sizes and shapes, how to buy a chalk bag, and how to carry a chalk bag.

Understanding the Parts of Your Climbing Harness
Your climbing harness, which connects your body to your rope, is a complicated piece of equipment. A harness has lots of parts—straps, buckles, and loops. Read this breakdown of all the parts of a climbing harness so you know what you’re looking at before you buy a new harness.

Climbing Slings - The 5 Basic Types
Climbing slings, lengths of cord or webbing that are sewn or tied into closed loops, come in five basic types. Read about each type and what they are used for when you go rock climbing.

Mount Kenya Facts - Africa’s Second Highest Mountain
Learn all about Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa and the highest mountain in Kenya. Mount Kenya is popular with rock climbers and mountaineers since it offers a greater challenge than Kilimanjaro.

Climbing at Colorado’s South Platte — Rock Climbing at the South Platte Area
The South Platte climbing area is a vast area of mountains and canyons dissected by the South Platte River. The area, west of Denver and Colorado Springs, offers routes on granite domes, cliffs, towers, and crags. Discover the best climbing venues and recommended routes at one of Colorado's great climbing areas.

The 4 Best Limestone Climbing Areas in France
France is renowned for its excellent rock climbing on limestone cliffs. Here are the 4 best limestone climbing areas in France--Verdon Gorge, Ceuse, Les Calanques, and Buoux.

The Matterhorn: Inspiring Mountain Symbol of Switzerland
The Matterhorn, the mountain symbol of Switzerland and the Alps, is one of the most famous and most photographed mountains in the world. Read three quotes, accompanied by photographs of the Matterhorn, by three great Matterhorn climbers.

1895: Annie Smith Peck is 3rd Woman to climb the Matterhorn
In 1895 Annie Smith Peck became the third woman to climb the Matterhorn, the most famous mountain in Switzerland.

1865: Edward Whymper and Tragedy on the Matterhorn
The Matterhorn, the mountain symbol of Switzerland and the Alps, is one of the most famous and most photographed mountains in the world. Read three quotes, accompanied by photographs of the Matterhorn, by three great Matterhorn climbers.

Gaston Rébuffat: Men and the Matterhorn
A collection of scenic photographs and quotes about the Matterhorn, Switzerland's most famous mountain, by three famous Matterhorn climbers.

K2: Second Highest Mountain in the World
Learn interesting facts about K2, the second highest mountain in the world, including how it got its unique name, when it was first climbed, and why it is one of the most dangerous high peaks in the world.

The 14 Highest Mountains in the World
The world’s 14 highest mountains are an exclusive club of peaks whose summits tower more than 8,000 meters (26,247 feet) above sea level.The Eight Thousanders all lie in the Himalayan and Karakoram ranges in central Asia.

Wear a Climbing Helmet -- Climbing Helmets Save Lives
If you climb long enough, then you are going to need to wear a climbing helmet. Climbing helmets protect your head from falling rock and in falls. Find out here about why you should always wear a helmet.

How to Avoid Cold Hands When You're Climbing
If you're ice climbing or mountaineering in the winter, it's easy to get cold hands and even frostbite. It's important to keep your hands warm. Find out more in this article by Susan Joy Paul about how to keep your hands toasty and protect your digits from frostbite.

How to Use a GriGri for Climbing
The Petzl GriGri belay device, a mechanical assist device used for belaying, is an important rock climbing tool. The GriGri, however, is not a hands-free auto-locking device. GriGri accidents happen because climbers load the device wrong or are careless belayers. Learn how to properly load and use a GriGri when you're climbing.

Climbing Equipment for Kid Climbers
You don't need a lot of climbing equipment to get your kid out rock climbing. Here is the essential rock climbing equipment needed for kid climbers and expert recommendations on which gear to buy.

Facts About Chimborazo — Highest Mountain in Ecuador
Learn all about Chimborazo, the highest mountain in Ecuador and one of the highest volcanos in the world. Chimborazo is a popular mountain for climbers with excellent snow and ice routes up its glaciated flanks.

Find the Right Fit to Climb High & Hard -- How to Buy Rock Climbing Shoes
Rock climbing shoes make you climb better, harder, and higher. To do your best you need to buy the right rock shoe for the types of routes you do and then find the best fitting shoe. Learn how to find the right fitting shoe for your foot before buying rock shoes and your feet will thank you on the rocks.

Best Mountaineering Glove System - Liners, Gloves or Mittens
When you're ice climbing or climbing high mountains, your hands will get cold. What's the best glove system to keep your hands warm and free from frostbite? Learn from mountaineer Susan Joy Paul how to create a glove system for winter climbing.

Climbers Use Chalk for Dry Hands
Climbers use chalk or magnesium carbonate as a drying agent on their hands and fingers to decrease moisture, reduce slippage, and increase performance. What is climbing chalk and how does it work? Does it actually help you climb harder? Find out about climbing chalk and the answers to these questions.

How to Bivouac in Comfort -- Climbers Make Planned and Unplanned Bivouacs in the Mountains
When you are climbing long routes in the mountains, there is often a good chance you will have to make either a planned or unplanned bivouac or primitive camp on your climb or on the descent. Learn what to carry for a planned bivouac so you can sleep in comfort and what to bring for an unplanned bivouac so you can survive the night.

Carderock Rock Climbing Near Washington, DC
Carderock, a small cliff band along the east bank of the Potomac River in Maryland, is a popular rock climbing area northwest of Washington DC. Find out all about Carderock, its metamorphic rock, climbing history, essential climbing equipment, the best seasons, and how to find Carderock.

The Matterhorn: Facts About Switzerland's Famous Mountain
Learn all about about the Matterhorn and climbing the Matterhorn, Switzerland's most famous mountain and a symbol of the European Alps.

How Safe Is Climbing? - US Emergency Room Study Results
How safe is climbing? A recent study of data from emergency rooms across the United States says climbing is pretty safe. Read here about the surprising findings.

Daisy Chain -- Essential Rock Climbing Equipment
Definition of Daisy Chain, climbing equipment words for a sling with sewn loops for clipping into gear.

Prusik Knot -- Definition of a Climbing Word
What is a Prusik Knot? Here is the definition of the climbing words for a Prusik Knot, a friction knot used to ascend a fixed rope or for self-rescue in a climbing situation.

What is a Chimney: Definition of a Rock Climbing Word
Definition of Chimney, a climbing word for a wide crack that a climber ascends by fitting inside of it.

What is the Crux of a Climbing Route?
Definition of Crux, a climbing word for the most difficult part of a route or pitch.

Dateline 1975: Charlie Porter Solos Mount Asgard
In 1975, big wall climber Charlie Fowler climbed the first ascent solo of the huge Northwest Face of the North Tower of Mount Asgard on Baffin Island. Read about Porter's climbing adventure and why it was a landmark in climbing history.

What is a Crevasse?
What is a crevasse in a glacier? Crevasses, deep glacial fractures, are found on mountains and are a big hazard for climbers. Learn about the 3 different types of crevasses.

Prodigal Sun: Climbing a Zion Big Wall Route
Prodigal Sun on Angels Landing in Utah's Zion National Park is one of the best moderate aid climbing routes up a big wall. Learn about Prodigal Sun, how to climb it, and Zion's other big walls.

Belay -- Definition of a Climbing Word
Definition of Belay, a climbing word for the process of securing and safeguarding a rope for a climber.

John Salathe: Life and Times of an American Climbing Pioneer
John Salathe (1899-1992) was a Swiss-born blacksmith who emigrated to the USA in 1930. After learning to climb, Salathe invented hard-steel pitons and was the father of American big wall climbing.

Understanding the Yosemite Decimal System
The Yosemite Decimal System (YDS) is the most common rating system for climbing and mountaineering routes in the United States. Learn how the YDS developed and its six different classes of hiking and climbing.

What is Class 4 Climbing?
What is Class 4 climbing? It is an archaic rating between unroped Class 3 scrambling and Class 5 technical climbing. Learn more about Class 4 climbing and why all Class 4 climbing is actually Class 5.

Free Soloing
Definition of Free Soloing, climbing words for free climbing a rock face without a rope or any safety gear.

Henry Mountains: Last Discovered Range in the United States
The Henry Mountains in Utah were the last discovered and explored mountain range in the USA. Major J.W. Powell's expeditions saw it in 1869 and explored it in 1872. Learn about the history and geology of the Henry Mountains.

Cwm -- Definition of a Climbing Word
Definition of Cwm, a climbing word for a glacier-carved basin or alpine cirque.

Learn to Crack Climb -- The Art of Jamming Cracks
Crack climbing is a basic technique used by rock climbers to ascend or jam cracks in cliff faces. Learn what crack climbing and jamming is all about; types of cracks; and learn how to jam cracks.

What Can Go Wrong Rappelling -- Rappelling is Dangerous
A lot can go wrong when you're rappelling off a cliff since you're totally dependent on your climbing equipment. Learn why rappelling is dangerous and how you can be safer when rappelling.

Crag Packs are Ideal for Rock Climbing
A crag pack is the best pack to carry equipment for a day of rock climbing. Crag packs are sturdy packs with accessible pockets, full-length zipper, and large capacity. Learn how to buy a crag pack for climbing.

Accident Analysis: Climber Falls and Rope Breaks in Eldorado Canyon
In 2010 a climber at Eldorado Canyon State Park took a lead climbing fall off a popular route and died after his rope was cut. Here is an analysis of the accident by the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group and tips on safely leading routes.

Mauna Kea: Highest Mountain in Hawaii
Learn all about Mauna Kea, the highest mountain in Hawaii and the tallest mountain in the world, including how to climb it, volcanism, glaciation, and its unique ecosystems.

Cathedral Ledge Climbing
Cathedral Ledge, just west of North Conway in northern New Hampshire, is one of America's best traditional climbing areas. Learn all about Cathedral Ledge and how to climb its classic routes.

How to Downclimb Off a Cliff or Peak
It's usually safer to downclimb off the top of a mountain or cliff rather than rappel. Learn how to downclimb steep terrain, when you should face out and when you should face in, and how to downclimb safely and avoid climbing dangers.

About Makalu: 5th Highest Mountain in the World
All about Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world, including its first ascent, the first American attempt, and Jean-Christophe Lafaille's ill-fated solo attempt at its first winter ascent.

Facts About Reno Hill -- Washington DC's High Point
Reno Hill, the official high point of Washington DC, is located atop a hillock in Rock Creek Park.

The High Points of All 50 U.S. States (List)
Want to climb the U.S. state high points? Here is a list of the state high points in all 50 U.S. states and Washington D.C.

Complete List of California's Fourteeners
California, with the highest peak in the contiguous US, offers 13 Fourteeners or peaks above 14,000 feet for climbers. Check out this list of all the Fourteeners, their elevations and mountain ranges, and 10 sub-peaks.

Choss is a Climbing Word for Bad Rock
Definition of Choss, a climbing slang word that means rotten and crumbly rock.

The Dawn Wall: El Capitan's Hardest Rock Climbing Route
Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson made their landmark ascent of the Dawn Wall on El Capitan in Yosemite in 2015. Here are all the significant numbers about this great climbing achievement.

John Gill Quote -- Climbing Quote About John Gill
Here's a great quote about John Gill, the father of American bouldering, from Pueblo boulderer Curt Shannon.

Walter Bonatti Quote -- Climbing Quote from Walter Bonatti
Italian climber Walter Bonatti is one of the great mountaineers of the 20th century. Here's a quote from him about the value of climbing.

How to Avoid Summer Climbing Crowds
It can be hard to avoid crowds and tourist in the summer when you are climbing rocks and scrambling up cliffs. Learn 4 essential tips to help you find solitude and adventure on busy summer weekends.

Figure-8-on-a-Bight Knot
How to tie and use a Figure-8-on-a-Bight Knot, a secure climbing knot used to tie or clip a rock climber into an anchor.

Sport Climbing Safety -- What You Need to Know
What you need to know to have a safe sport climbing experience, including belaying, lowering, setting up anchors, and rope management.

4 Tips to Climb Hard Slab Routes
Slab climbing is the delicate art of climbing rock surfaces that are angled less than vertical. Learn four essential techniques for better footwork and how to use your hands when you go slab climbing.

Permits Required to Climb Half Dome Cables Route
The National Park Service requires that climbers and hikers have a permit to climb the Half Dome Cables Route in Yosemite National Park. Learn how to successfully apply for a permit in the preseason and daily lotterys.

Dateline 2010: Colorado Climber Spencer Swanger Dies at Dolomites
Spencer Swanger, an experienced Colorado mountaineer, died in a tragic climbing accident on a via ferrata route in Italy's Dolomite Mountains in 2010. Read a remembrance of Swanger by Stewart Green, a long-time climbing partner.

Lynn Hill Quote -- Climbing Quote
A quote about rock climbing from Lynn Hill, one of the best all-around climbers in the world and the first person to free climb the Nose of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley.

Facts About Lightning - A Climber's Guide to Lightning Facts
Learn interesting facts about lightning. What are your chances of being struck? How many lightning strikes are there each day and year? What are the most dangerous places for lightning in the US?

Iztaccíhuatl — Third Highest Mountain in Mexico
Iztaccihuatl, the third highest mountain in Mexico and the seventh highest mountain in North America, is a popular and relatively easy high-altitude climb. Learn more about Iztaccihuatl and climbing it.

April 2015: Over 180 Climbers Evacuated from Everest Camp 1
After the massive Nepalese earthquake in April 2015, over 180 climbers and Sherpas were trapped at Camp 1 above the Khumbu Icefall by avalanches on Mount Everest. Read how helicopters carried the climbers two at a time down the glacier to Everest Base Camp.

Dateline 2008: Avalanche and Accidents Kill 11 Climbers on K2
Eleven climbers died on August 1, 2008 on K2, the second highest mountain in the world, when a massive avalanche swept off the upper slopes trapping climbers above the Bottleneck. Learn more about the most tragic day on K2.

Drink Water and Sports Drinks for Climbing Hydration
When you are climbing, hiking, and exercising outside in hot conditions, it's easy to get dehydrated or a heat-related illness like heat exhaustion. Learn how to avoid dehydration by drinking water and energy drinks and which energy drinks you should use.

Clean Energy Patch: Expert Product Review
A review of the Clean Energy Patch, a slow-release caffeine delivery system that is a patch attached to your skin. It's ideal for athletes, including climbers, as well as runners, triathletes, and mountain bikers.

How to Stay Safe from Lightning While Climbing
If you’re out climbing and get caught in an open exposed place like a mountain summit or cliff top, follow these 10 climbing safety tips to minimize your risk and stay safe from lightning strikes.

Dateline 2013: Climbing Mount Everest
The year 2013 was one of the busiest ever for climbers on Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. A record number of climbers reached the summit that year, as well as several cool ascents and records were set including a BASE jump, first Saudi Arabian woman, and a fistfight at Camp 2.

Route Description for Mount Sherman, Colorado
Information and a complete route description for climbing Mount Sherman, one of Colorado's Fourteeners. Mount Sherman, located in the Mosquito Range, is considered the easiest Fourteener or 14,000-foot peak to climb in Colorado.

Lander International Climbers' Festival
The Lander International Climbers' Festival, held every July in Lander, Wyoming, offers fun times to rock climbers with clinics, lectures, movies, photo shows, contests, free camping, and lots of climbing at Wild Iris and Sinks Canyon.

Lunch Rock Wall — Climbing Guide to Hueco Tanks Front Side
The Lunch Rock Wall on the left side of the Front Side cliff at Hueco Tanks offers a great selection of moderate climbing routes.

Cakewalk Wall — Climbing Guide to Hueco Tanks Front Side
The Cakewalk Wall on the Front Side cliff at Hueco Tanks is one of the park's best cliffs for long moderate climbing routes.

Left Central Wall — Climbing Guide to Hueco Tanks Front Side
The Central Wall on The Front Side cliff at Hueco Tanks offers lots of long steep climbing routes.

Right Central Wall: Climbing Guide to Hueco Tanks Front Side
The Central Wall on The Front Side cliff at Hueco Tanks offers lots of long steep climbing routes.

Climbing Mount Everest 2011: Mt. Everest News from 2011
Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain, saw both triumph and tragedy in the spring of 2011. Read four articles about notable achievements and deaths on Mount Everest in 2011.

Climbing Mount Everest 2011: Mt. Everest News from 2011
Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain, saw both triumph and tragedy in the spring of 2011. Read four articles about notable achievements and deaths on Mount Everest in 2011.

Climbing Mount Everest 2011: Mt. Everest News from 2011
Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain, saw both triumph and tragedy in the spring of 2011. Read four articles about notable achievements and deaths on Mount Everest in 2011.

Climbing Mount Everest 2011: Mt. Everest News from 2011
Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain, saw both triumph and tragedy in the spring of 2011. Read four articles about notable achievements and deaths on Mount Everest in 2011.

A New Desert Route With Layton Kor -- Climbing With a Legend
The story of the first ascent of a desert tower climbed with the legendary climber Layton Kor, Everest climbing hero Ed Webster, British climber Dennis Jump, and climbing author and photographer Stewart Green in the Arizona desert.

A New Desert Route With Layton Kor -- Climbing With a Legend
A story about the first ascent of a desert tower that I climbed with the legendary rock climber Layton Kor, Everest climbing hero Ed Webster, and British climber Dennis Jump in the Arizona desert.

A New Desert Route With Layton Kor -- Climbing With a Legend
A story about the first ascent of a desert tower that I climbed with the legendary rock climber Layton Kor, Everest climbing hero Ed Webster, and British climber Dennis Jump in the Arizona desert.

A New Desert Route With Layton Kor -- Climbing With a Legend
In 2009 Layton Kor, Ed Webster, Dennis Jump, and Stewart Green made the first ascent of Kor's Kastle, a remote desert tower in western Arizona. This was Kor's last major climb.

The Supercrack of the Desert: 1976 First Ascent of an Historic Utah Climb
Supercrack, a hand-size splitter crack in Indian Creek Canyon, was first climbed in 1976 by Earl Wiggins, Ed Webster, and Bryan Becker. Here is the story of the first ascent of Supercrack told by Webster a few months after the ascent. Webster's simple story recounts Wiggin's brave ascent of the first pitch and brings an immediate freshness to this slice of American climbing history.

The Supercrack of the Desert: 1976 First Ascent of an Historic Utah Climb
Supercrack, a hand-size splitter crack in Indian Creek Canyon, was first climbed in 1976 by Earl Wiggins, Ed Webster, and Bryan Becker. Here is the story of the first ascent of Supercrack told by Webster a few months after the ascent. Webster's simple story recounts Wiggin's brave ascent of the first pitch and brings an immediate freshness to this slice of American climbing history.

The Supercrack of the Desert: 1976 First Ascent of an Historic Utah Climb
Supercrack, a hand-size splitter crack in Indian Creek Canyon, was first climbed in 1976 by Earl Wiggins, Ed Webster, and Bryan Becker. Here is the story of the first ascent of Supercrack told by Webster a few months after the ascent. Webster's simple story recounts Wiggin's brave ascent of the first pitch and brings an immediate freshness to this slice of American climbing history.

AFPA Rock — Best Roadside Top-Rope Cliffs at Joshua Tree
AFPA Rock on the west side of Joshua Tree National Park is an easily accessible cliff with good rock that is a top-rope climbing area. Learn about top-rope climbing at AFPA Rock, one of Joshua Tree's many roadside crags, and use comprehensive route descriptions and photo topos to climb its routes.

AFPA Rock — Best Roadside Top-Rope Cliffs at Joshua Tree
AFPA Rock on the west side of Joshua Tree National Park is an easily accessible cliff with good rock that is a top-rope climbing area. Learn about top-rope climbing at AFPA Rock, one of Joshua Tree's many roadside crags, and use comprehensive route descriptions and photo topos to climb its routes.

Facts About Mount Kinabalu - Borneo’s Highest Mountain
Learn lots of interesting facts about Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in Borneo and a refuge for exotic plants and orangutans.

Important Climbing Safety Knots List
Know these 6 important knots to go rock climbing safely--Figure-8 Follow-Through Knot, Clove Hitch, Figure-8-on-a-Bight, Double Fisherman's Knot, Prusik Knot, and Munter Hitch.

Climbing Around Colorado Springs with Layton Kor
Layton Kor, one of America's best climbers in the 1960s, remembers some of his favorite climbing routes around Colorado Springs and the Garden of the Gods in this conversation with About Climbing Expert Stewart Green.

Edward Whymper: Climbing Quote
A quote about climbing and mountaineering by Edward Whymper, a great 19th-century British climber who made the tragic first ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865.

Horton the Quandary Dog
Horton the Quandary Dog was a blonde Labrador dog that climbed Quandary Peak, a Colorado Fourteener, almost 1,000 times. Learn more about this well-loved climbing dog and his hiking achievements before his death in 2011.

Pay Attention to Avalanche Risk Ratings when Climbing
Before heading out in the backcountry to go climbing, mountaineering, or skiing, it's important to check avalanche conditions and to pay attention to the rating to make smart decisions. Read about an avalanche that a climber survived despite making poor decisions.

Bob D'Antonio Rock Climbing on The Finger Face at the Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Photograph of Bob D'Antonio climbing on The Finger Face at the Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Page 9.

A Rock Climber on The Finger Face at Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Photograph of a Rock Climber on The Finger Face at Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Page 8.

Mark Hesse Rock Climbing at the Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Photograph of Mark Hesse Rock Climbing at the Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Page 7.

Brad Saren Climbs up the Finger Face at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Photograph of Brad Saren climbing up the Finger Face at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Page 3.

Jannette Pazer belays rock climber Carol Garfinkel on the North Ridge of Montezuma Tower at the Garden of Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Photograph of Jannette Pazer belaying rock climber Carol Garfinkel on the North Ridge of Montezuma Tower at the Garden of Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Page 4.

Earl Wiggins Rock Climbing at the Garden of the Gods, Colorado.
Photograph of Earl Wiggins rock climbing at the Garden of the Gods, Colorado.

Ian Spencer-Green Rock Climbing at the Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Photograph of Ian Spencer-Green Rock Climbing at the Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Page 5.

Pete Takeda Rock Climbing on Kors Korner at the Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Photograph of Pete Takeda Rock Climbing on Kors Korner at the Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Page 2.

Half-Naked Climber Rescued off the First Flatiron
In 2011 a

The Maroon Bells — 27th and 51st Highest Mountains in Colorado
The Maroon Bells, the 24th and 51st highest mountains in Colorado, are beautiful mountains but difficult and dangerous to climb. Find out about climbing North Maroon Peak and Maroon Peak in the Elk Range near Aspen.

Dateline 1972: Jimmie Dunn Solos New Route on El Capitan
In 1972 Jimmie Dunn became the first person to solo the first ascent of a new climbing route on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. Learn more about Dunn's ascent and why he belongs on the list of great Yosemite rock climbers.

Facts About Mount Elbert - Highest Mountain in Colorado
Facts and figures about Mount Elbert, the highest mountain in Colorado.

Jumbo Love: Hardest Climbing Route in North AMerica
Chris Sharma climbed the first ascent of Jumbo Love, a 250-foot-long rock climbing route in California, in 2008. The route is the hardest rock climb in the United States and North America.

Climbing Movie Review: NORTH FACE
A film review of North Face, an acclaimed 2008 German film about a tragic attempt to make the first ascent of the North Face of the Eiger in Switzerland.

Should You
If you are traveling abroad to go climbing or mountaineering, it makes sense to hire a climbing guide service to help with all the logistics of transportation, accommodation, food, as well as the climbing. Find out how to select a guide service and what to expect.

Shishapangma: 14th Highest Mountain in the World
Learn all about Shishapangma, the fourteenth highest mountain in the world, including its unique location, first ascent, notable ascents, and the death of Alex Lowe.

Fast Facts About Nanga Parbat - 9th Highest Mountain
Facts About Nanga Parbat, the Ninth Highest Mountain in the World. Nanga Parbat is one of the most dangerous high mountains in the world. Find out more about its colorful climbing history and geography.

Broad Peak — 12th Highest Mountain in the World
Facts About Broad Peak, the Twelfth Highest Mountain in the World. Broad Peak, located on the border of Pakistan and Indian, is one of the safest 8,000-meter peaks to climb.

Analysis of the 2015 Nepal Earthquake
In April 2015, a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook Nepal, killing thousands of people; destroying villages, cities, and historic sites; and causing avalanches on Mount Everest that killed 19 climbers. Read this geological analysis of Nepal, the collusion of the Indian and Eurasian crustal plates, and why earthquakes occur here.

How Many 8,000-Meter Summits are in the World? -- Prominence Determines Mountains
How many 8,000-meter summits are in the world? The short answer is 14. That, however, is the number of summits with at least 500 meters of topographic prominence. If every summit above 8,000 meters is considered a separate mountain, then there are 35 8,000-meter peaks. Learn about these high summits and prominence.

List of New Hampshire 4,000-Foot Peaks -- New Hampshire's 48 Highest Mountains
New Hampshire, with the highest peak in New England, has 48 mountains that rise above 4,000 feet. Check out this complete list of all the Four-Thousanders, their elevations, and their mountain ranges.

The Second Seven Summits -- Second Highest Mountains on the 7 Continents
The Second Seven Summits are the second highest mountains on each of the seven continents. Some of the mountains like K2 and Mount Tyree are very difficult and rarely climbed. Austrian mountaineer Christian Stangl became the first person to climb them in 2013.

Facts About Mount Obama -- Antigua’s Highest Mountain
Mount Obama, named in 2009 for President Barack Obama, is the highest mountain on the island of Antigua in the Lesser Antilles. The peak is the centerpiece of a still-developing Mount Obama National Park.

Climbing Adventures in the Organ Mountains
The Organ Mountains in southern New Mexico is a rugged range of sharp peaks, deep canyons, and wild desert protected in the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. Learn more about climbing adventures in the Organs and make plans for your own visit.

Artist Paul Cézanne Paints Mont Sainte-Victoire, France
Three famous paintings, by Cezanne, Hokusai, and Moran, depict mountains that are often ascended by climbers. Learn more about these great peaks and paintings.

Artist Katsushika Hokusai's Famous Print The Great Wave off Kanagawa
Three famous paintings, by Cezanne, Hokusai, and Moran, depict mountains that are often ascended by climbers. Learn more about these great peaks and paintings.

Thomas Moran's Famous Painting The Mountain of the Holy Cross
Three famous paintings, by Cezanne, Hokusai, and Moran, depict mountains that are often ascended by climbers. Learn more about these great peaks and paintings.

Take Care of Your Local Climbing Area
It's important to take care of your local climbing areas by becoming a climbing steward and supporting efforts to build sustainable climbing areas. Learn more about environmental impacts from climbing, stewardship, and being a responsible climber.

Routefinding: An Important Climbing Skill -- Routefinding Keeps You Safe on Climbing Routes
One of the most important climbing skills is routefinding, the ability to find your way up a cliff by following features including cracks, corners, and slabs as well as bolts and fixed belay stations. Learn why routefinding is important and how to find a route on the cliff before you start climbing.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Rock Climbing -- Colorado Climbing Areas
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison River, a national park in western Colorado, offers lbig walls for climbing adventures. The canyon is an outstanding climbing arena for skilled rock climbers, with classic American routes including The Scenic Cruise and Astro Dog. Learn about the Black Canyon and start planning your adventure now.

Five Great 5.9 Climbs at Eldorado Canyon
Eldorado Canyon south of Boulder, Colorado, is one of America's best climbing areas. Check out these 5 superb moderate climbing routes at Eldorado and make plans to have a big climbing adventure.

Four Best Moderate Climbs at Eldorado Canyon
Eldorado Canyon in Colorado is one of the best rock climbing areas in the United States. Here are four of the best moderate climbs at Eldorado that will help you grow as a climber and give you lots of fun climbing.

Rock Climbing at Eldorado Canyon in Colorado
Eldorado Canyon south of Boulder, Colorado is one of America's best and most famous rock climbing areas with soaring sandstone cliffs. Plan a climbing trip to Eldorado with this detailed guide for climbers.

Speed Climbing on The Nose -- Speed Ascents of El Capitan's Nose
So you want to climb fast? Read about speed climbing up The Nose of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley and the current record by Hans Florine and Yuji Hirayama.

Brave New Wild: Climbing Movie Review
A review and analysis of the climbing film Brave New Wild, which depicts the Golden Age of American rock climbing in Yosemite Valley during the 1950s and 1960s.

Getting Your Rock Shoes Resoled
You've been climbing all summer and your rock shoes need new soles. What do you need done to the shoes and who's going to do the job? Read this guide to rock shoe resoles, repairs, and cobblers to make the right choices.

Climbing and Backcountry Survival Quiz
Can you survive a climbing and backcountry emergency situation like a bad fall, leg fracture, bad weather, or lightning strike? Take a 21-question quiz and test your Survival IQ.

Climbing and Backcountry Survival Quiz Answers PART 1
Survival skills are essential for every wilderness climber and mountaineer. Here are the answers to the first 10 questions for the Climbing and Outdoor Survival Quiz. Check your answers and find out if your Survival IQ will keep you alive if you get lost or injured.

Iconic Climber John Bachar Killed in Soloing Fall
John Bachar was killed after he fell from an 80-foot route while free-soloing on California granite on July 5th, 2009.

Remembering Climber Harvey Carter: The King of First Ascents
Harvey T. Carter, a long-time Colorado climber, probably climbed more first ascents than any other American climber with over 5,000 routes, variations, and boulder problems. Read this remembrance about Harvey Carter, who died in 2012 in Colorado Springs.

Climbing Kilimanjaro — How to Climb Kilimanjaro
Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, is a popular peak for lots of climbers. Learn basic information to climb Kilimanjaro, including acclimatization, finding an outfitter, hiring guides and porters, and why it's such a strenuous climb.

Canyoneering Equipment: Personal Clothes and Packs
Canyoneering requires specialty clothes, footwear, and parks that are durable, drain water, and lightweight. Learn what essential clothing, including wetsuits, boots, and packs, you need for a safe and comfortable canyoneering experience.

Harvey T. Carter Dies in March 2012
Harvey T. Carter, one of the great American climbers in the Golden Age from 1950 to 1970, passed away in March 2012. Read this obituary for Harvey and why he was a transformative American climber.

Climbing Blogs
A selection of some of my favorite climbing blogs.

5 Tips to Improve Your Climbing Photography -- How to Take Better Climbing Photographs
If you want to take better climbing photographs then you need to learn photography and start thinking like a photographer. Follow my 5 beginner photo tips for great images: take lots of photos; have competent rock skills; study photos and paintings to become

Climbing Shoes Can Cause Ingrown Toenails
Ingrown toenails are a common foot problems experienced by rock climbers, who wear tight rock shoes which cramp the toes. Learn how to prevent ingrown toenails, how to properly trim toenails, and medical treatment for ingrown toenails.

Rock Climbing Shoes Cause Foot Pain
Rock climbers wear tight climbing shoes which can cause pain, foot deformities, and other problems including toenail fungus. Learn about tight rock shoes and treatment for foot and toenail fungus, one of the most common problems.

9 Steps to Safely Lower Off a Sport Climb - Bolt Anchors
Learn step-by-step how to safely lower from the anchors on a sport climbing pitch. Lowering is the easiest way to descend from a short climb but it is also dangerous. Follow 9 important steps and learn to clip into anchors, thread the rope, communicate with your belayer, and safely return to the ground.

Learn How to Lower from a Climbing Route -- Tips and Techniques for Safe Lowering
The best and easiest way to descend from a sport or top-rope route is by having your belayer lower you back to the ground with the climbing rope. Lowering, however, is sometimes counter-intuitive and the climber has to trust the safety system. Learn lowering techniques and tips to help you lower down and to lower your climbing buddy back to solid ground.

Be Prepared for a Forced Bivouac
If you're climbing a long route, sometimes you end up bivouacking on the route, summit, or descent. Plan ahead for forced bivouacs by being prepared and carrying essential survival gear and clothing. Learn more about forced bivouacs and what to bring to be warm and safe.

Presidential Range: New Hampshire's Highest Peaks
The Presidential Range in the White Mountains of New Hampshire offers climbing, hiking, and skiing on the five highest peaks in New England, including Mount Washington, and some of the world's worst weather.

Fingers are Easily Injured by Rock Climbing
Finger injuries are the most common rock climbing injuries since a climber uses his fingers to grip the rock, creating lots of stress and strain. Learn about common finger injuries, finger anatomy, and why you shouldn't climb with a finger injury.

Triple Divide Peak in Glacier National Park
Triple Divide Peak in southern Glacier National Park is a unique mountain since its three faces drain water runoff into three of the world's four oceans, one of only three triple divide peaks in the world. Learn more about Triple Divide Peak and how to climb it.

How to Climb Triple Divide Peak in Glacier National Park
Triple Divide Peak in Glacier National Park, one of the world's most unique geographic features, is climbed in two days to its rocky summit. Follow this comprehensive route description to climb Triple Divide Peak.

Four Sturdy Knots for Rappelling
If you're out climbing and need to rappel off the cliff, here are the four best knots to tie your climbing ropes together.

How to Build Safe Rappel Anchors
Rappel anchors are an important element for safe rappelling. Bad anchors can fail and lead to dire consequences. Learn how to use existing rappel anchors and how to create new rappel anchors if you have to retreat from a route. Also follow my rappel anchor tips for safety and what you need to carry in a rap anchor kit.

Your Toprope Climbing Rack: What Equipment Do You Need to Go Toproping?
Here is a list of all the climbing equipment that you will need to go toprope rock climbing at your local cliff, including a climbing rope, slings, locking carabiners, and sets of nuts and cams.

Essential Toprope Climbing Equipment
Here's all the essential climbing equipment that you need to get out toprope climbing on your local cliff, including a climbing rope, carabiners, slings, and personal gear.

4 Great Gifts for Climbers
It can be tough to buy holiday, Christmas, and Hannakah gifts for climbers and mountaineers since most climbers are equipped with everything they need. Here are 4 great climbing gifts, including a Sterling rope, Petzl helmet, Merrell jacket, and Black Diamond headlamp, that every climber will love.

All About Quickdraws: Essential Rock Climbing Equipment
Quickdraws, simply sewn slings with two carabiners, are an essential and indispensable piece of equipment used by rock climbers, ice climbers, and mountaineers. Learn all about quickdraws and why climbers use them to reduce rope drag.

Use Eco-Friendly and Animal-Friendly Climbing Equipment
Is rock climbing gear eco-friendly? Find out what climbing gear is eco-friendly and animal-friendly, how to buy equipment like eco-friendly rock shoes, and how to make your gear last to lessen your climbing footprint.

Energy Bars and Foods are Ideal for Climbing Nutrition: Eat Properly for Climbing Performance
Energy foods and drinks, including energy bars, are an ideal food to take climbing and mountaineering. Energy bars are easy to carry, don't get damaged, last a long time, and have lots of nutrition. Read more about eating for climbing performance and energy foods.

Dateline 1936: Robert Ormes' First Attempt to Climb Ship Rock
Ship Rock, a huge peak on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico, was one of the great unclimbed problems in the 1930s. Here is the story of Robert Ormes's first attempt to climb Ship Rock in 1936, which ended in failure, as told by Ormes himself.

Learn to Climb Outside -- How to Find a Climbing Guide Service
If you learned to climb in an indoor gym, you need to get outside on real rock. The best way to learn to climb outside is to take a climbing class or lessons from an experienced guide. Here's the low-down on climbing guide services and how to pick the right guide for your outdoor adventures.

Climbing FAQs: 5 Frequently Asked Questions About Rock Climbing
Here are the answers to 5 frequently asked questions about rock climbing. Find out if climbing is safe; what are the types of climbing; should you start at an indoor gym; what is bouldering; and can you weigh too much to climb.

Climbing FAQs: 5 Frequently Asked Questions About Rock Climbing Part II
When you start out rock climbing you're going to have a lot of questions about climbing and if it's safe. Here are 5 frequently asked questions (FAQs) about climbing, including taking kids climbing, what is belaying, what is toproping, and what if I fall?

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

Sport Climbing
Sport climbing is a safe and convenient way to go rock climbing. Find out here about sport climbing; what equipment you need; and about all the climbing and technical skills you need to know to have safe and enjoyable climbing days.

Training for Climbing
You've learned to climb. You've paid your dues. Now you're ready to go to the next level. Learn here about training for climbing. Learn skills, techniques, and training tips that will help you climb harder and stronger no matter what your skill level.

3 Ways to Stop Fears When You're Climbing
Fear and anxiety are experienced by every climber. Learn how to cope with climbing fears and silence your internal dialogue with visualization, meditation, centering, self-talk, and breathing.

Fear and the Climbing Game
Every climber gets scared and feels fear when climbing rocks. What causes your climbing fears, like fear of heights and fear of falling? How does you body react to fear? What are the 4 stages of fear? Learn the answers to these questions and conquer your climbing fears.

Dateline 1957: First Ascent of the Totem Pole
The Totem Pole in Monument Valley Tribal Park in Arizona is the tallest and thinnest sandstone tower in the world. Read about its landmark first ascent by a team of California climbers in 1957.

Chuck Pratt Climbing Quote -- Climbing Quote from Chuck Pratt
A quote about rock climbing by Chuck Pratt, one of the greatest Yosemite rock climbers in the 1960s.

Doug Robinson Quote -- Climbing Quote from Doug Robinson
Here’s a wonderful quote from Doug Robinson about the deeper reasons we climb and the transcendental experience climbing offers.

Rock Climbing at the Fisher Towers
The Fisher Towers east of Moab are a stunning collection of soaring sandstone towers. Numerous climbing routes ascend the area's 6 major towers, including The Titan, King Fisher, and Ancient Art. Learn more about climbing the Fisher Towers.

What are the Different Types of Climbing?
Learn about all the different types of climbing, including traditional climbing, sport climbing, bouldering, toprope climbing, ice climbing, and mountaineering.

Aid Climbing
Aid climbing is ascending rock faces that are too featureless to climb with your hands and feet, relying instead on placing gear in the rock to support your weight. Learn all about aid climbing, including aid equipment, how to aid climbing, aid strategies, and all the wild places aiding can take you.

Indoor Gym Climbing
Indoor climbing gyms, which are found in almost every city in America, are the best place to learn how to climb. At a gym you can learn essential climbing skills like belaying and lowering, as well as learn the basics of climbing techniques, how to use handholds and footholds, train for improved climbing, and have a lot of fun.

How to Practice Ice Climbing Techniques
Ice climbing is lots different from rock climbing with big boots, crampons, and ice tools to get you up waterfall ice. Learn how to practice using crampons and ice tools to get comfortable when you're learning to ice climb.

Ice Climbing at Ouray Ice Park
Ouray Ice Park in southwestern Colorado is the best ice climbing area in the United States, offering over 225 routes on ice cliffs in a narrow gorge. Learn more Ouray Ice Park, Ouray Ice Festival, ice climbing sectors, and the climbing season.

Falling Ice Causes Ice Climbing Injuries
Falling ice is one of ice climbing's greatest dangers and the leading cause of ice climbing injuries. Learn how to avoid falling ice and injury by following 3 safety tips--wear a helmet, stand away from the icefall, and don't climb below others.

5 Tips for Safe Winter Mountaineering Adventures
Winter mountaineering is a lot of fun but also very dangerous with the risk of avalanches, severe weather, wind and snow, and short days. Here are 5 great tips to have safe winter climbing adventures.

How to Create a 3-Layer Clothing System
It's important to wear a 3-layer clothing system when climbing, hiking, and skiing in the winter. Learn more about the 3 layers--base, insulating, and shell--and learn why you need to use compatible garments and tips for buying your 3 layers.

What Is Mountain Climbing? - Definition of the Sport
Learn about mountaineering or the sport of climbing mountains, one of the finest opportunities for the lover of high places. Mountain climbing is about challenge and perseverance, about putting hands and feet onto rock and ice and snow and finally reaching a summit.

Spotters and Crash Pads -- Tips for Safe Bouldering
Bouldering is the only aspect of climbing where you regularly take ground falls. Learn how to stay safe and avoid injuries by using a crash pad and having a buddy spot you on boulder problems.

Ginkgo Biloba Helps Prevent Altitude Sickness
I wrote about acute mountain sickness (AMS) last week. Here in Colorado, it's a common occurrence, particularly among climbers coming up from lower

Ibuprofen Helps Prevent Acute Mountain Sickness: Ibuprofen Reduces Brain Swelling in Mountain Climbers
High-altitude climbers who take ibuprofen are less likely to develop altitude mountain sickness when climbing to higher elevations. Ibuprofen decreases swelling in the brain, lowers risk of headaches, and allows the body to adjust to decreased oxygen.

Hydration — The Ten Essentials for Climbing Safety
Hydration is one of the Ten Essentials for climbing safety. Learn about all about the water, water treatment and purification, and electrolyte replacements you should carry in your climbing pack so you can survive thirst and dehydration.

How To Avoid Ticks When You're Climbing
Ticks are pesky little arachnids that are often encountered when you're approaching cliffs or on cliff-tops after you've climbed. Seven tips to avoid them.

Climbing Head Injury Symptoms Checklist -- Treating a Traumatic Brain Injury after a Climbing Accident
You're out climbing with a buddy and he takes a bad fall and hits his head. Did he suffer a head injury? Follow this comprehensive checklist and learn all the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury and why you need to get your friend to a hospital.

Cho Oyu Climbing Timeline — 1850s Until 1983
Follow this Cho Oyu historical timeline from its discovery in the 1850s to lots of interesting stories and facts about its early ascents.

All About Acute Mountain Sickness -- How to Avoid High Altitude Illness
Most climbers get acute mountain sickness (AMS) when they come from a low elevation to a high altitude. Learn what acute mountain sickness is; what it's symptoms are; and how to treat acute mountain sickness.

John Otto and the First Ascent of Independence Monument
John Otto, a pioneer climber and trail-builder made the historic first ascent of Independence Monument in Colorado National Monument in June, 1911.

The Grand Junction Daily News Reports on Otto's Feat
A report from the Grand Junction Daily News about John Otto's pipe ladder up Independence Monument in Colorado National Monument.

John Otto Unfurls Old Glory Atop Independence Monument
After completing his pipe ladder, John Otto unfurls the US flag atop Independence Monument on Flag Day, 1911.

Climbing Otto's Route Today
Now rock climbers regularly scale Otto's Route up Independence Monument.

Colorado National Monument's Geology
A brief look at the geology of Colorado National Monument.

John Otto: Father of Colorado National Monument
Colorado National Monument was preserved through the efforts of John Otto, a trailblazer, patriot, and outdoorsman.

John Otto Loved the American Flag
John Otto made plans to climb Independence Monument because he wanted to raise the American Flag on top on Flag Day and the Fourth of July.

John Otto's Ladder of Pipes
John Otto created a ladder of pipes that climbed Independence Monument's west face.

Climbing Otto's Route -- Climb Independence Monument in Colorado
Otto's Route on Independence Monument in Colorado National Monument is one of the best and easiest of the big sandstone towers on the Colorado Plateau. Use this detailed route description to climb Otto's Route on Independence Monument.

Layer Your Clothes for Winter Climbing Comfort
Stay warm and comfortable when climbing and mountaineering in winter by dressing in three layers--base layer, insulating layer, and outer shell layer. Find out more about the 3 layers, how to pick the right garments, and tips on your winter clothing system.

Mount Elbrus Facts - Russia’s Highest Mountain
Learn all about Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe, one of the Seven Summits, and one of the most popular but deadliest high mountains in the world for climbers.

Learn How to Use Nine Basic Types of Climbing Handholds
How you use handholds on a cliff is essential to your climbing success. We use our hands to grab various rock features, which allow us to pull ourselves upward with our arms and to stay in balance on vertical terrain. Learn here about the nine different types of handholds that you will encounter on cliffs and how to use each type of handhold with specific hand movements and techniques.

Denali: Highest Mountain in North America
Learn interesting climbing history and geographic facts about Denali, also called Mount McKinley, the highest mountain in North America, the United States, and Alaska, and one of the Seven Summits.

Four Friction Knots for Climbers
Every climber needs to know these 4 friction knots--Prusik knot, Klemheist knot, Bachmann knot, and Autoblock knot--to climb a rope in an emergency or to escape a belay during a self-rescue.

Devils Tower — Wyoming’s Famous Climbing Landmark
Devils Tower, a spectacular natural landmark in Wyoming, is one of the premier climbing destinations in the United States. Find out here all about Devils Tower.

6 Perfect Holiday Gifts for Rock Climbers
Here are 6 great holiday gift ideas for climbers and mountaineers, including an Access Fund membership, Mad Rock kid's rock shoes, Black Diamond kid's harness, a Falcon Guides book, Scarpa Techno X shoes, and Power Putty.

Moving Over Stone — Learn Climbing Techniques
Climbing is all about movement. It's about learning to use your hands and feet to ascend vertical rock faces. It's about the specialized techniques used in face climbing and crack climbing. Climbing is a natural human activity. Learn the basics here about moving over stone.

Go Climbing With Santa Claus this Christmas!
Find out about Christmas climbing at Santa Claus Mountain in Greenland and Kyrgyzstan and climbing the classic Christmas Crack at Stanage Edge in England.

Mount Vinson, the Tallest Mountain in Antarctica
Mount Vinson in the Ellsworth Mountains is the highest mountain in Antarctica and one of the Seven Summits, the highest points on the Seven Continents.

Do I Weigh Too Much to Rock Climb?
Climbing FAQ:

Four Strange Mount Everest Stories
Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, is also one of its most storied with many tales of adventure, bravery, strength, daring, and death. Here are four strange yet odd stories about Mount Everest, including an unknown Soviet attempt, a profile of Sandy Irvine, a bizarre solo attempt by a cross-dresser, and the answer to the question: Who was first on Everest's summit?

All About Annapurna: 10th Highest Mountain in the World
Facts About Annapurna, the Tenth Highest Mountain in the World, and one of the world's 14 8,000-meter peaks, including its location and first ascent information.

Essential Climbing Equipment for Belaying & Rappelling
Belay and rappel devices are one of the most important pieces of climbing equipment that you will need to purchase and learn to use so you can safely belay and rappel at the cliff.

Four Fabulous Holiday Gifts for Climbers on Your Christmas List
Check out 4 fabulous and cool gifts for the rock climber and mountaineer on your Holiday shopping list. Give the gift of warmth with gloves and a Buff, the gift of safe clipping with ultra-light carabiners, and the gift of safety with a SPOT locator.

5 Perfect Climbing Holiday Gifts
Here are 5 great holiday gifts for climbers, hikers, and mountaineers, including a cool auto-locking carabiner, Jetboil stove, North Face gloves, portable phone charger, and one of the lightest climbing packs available.

How to Use the Full Crimp Grip - Climbing Handholds
The full crimp grip is one of 6 hand and finger positions used in rock climbing. Learn all about the full crimp, how to do it, and how to avoid crimping injuries.

10 Reasons to be Thankful You are a Climber
Climbing is a rare sport that teaches you many lessons about life and living. Climbing helps you decide what is important and transcends everyday life. Here are 10 reasons and lessons that climbing teaches you to be a better person and live life as a great adventure.

The 3 Basic Skills to Build a Safe Top-Rope Anchor
Use these 3 basic skills you need to know to build a safe and redundant anchor system for toprope rock climbing.

5 Safety Tips to Set Up Top-Rope Anchors
The most dangerous part of top-rope climbing is setting up anchors at the top of a cliff. Every year a few climbers fall off cliff-tops because they aren't tied into their rope before they set anchors on the edge. Learn important safety tips for setting top-rope anchors and what you should not do.

Williams Canyon: Limestone Climbing Near Colorado Springs
Williams Canyon, in the mountains on the west side of Colorado Springs, offers rock climbing adventures on limestone cliffs. Check out this guide to Williams Canyon and its cliffs.

Use Your Feet to Climb Better -- Good Footwork is Important
If you want to climb better, then you need to use your feet better. Learn here why good footwork is important if you want to get up hard climbs.

Learn How to Climb: Lowering Back Down
After you have climbed to the top of an indoor rock climbing wall, you have to get back to the base. How do you return to flat earth? Learn here how your belayer will safely lower back down a climbing wall to the base.

Learn How to Climb: Climbing Up
If you are a beginning climber, learn how to properly climb up a vertical wall at an indoor rock climbing gym. Learn how to use your hands and feet and why it is important to move in balance.

Common Climbing Injuries: Muscles Strains and Ankle Sprains
Most climbing injuries are strains and sprains, including pulled muscles, twisted knees, and sprained ankles. If your injury isn't serious, you can treat these minor injuries by using RICE--rest, ice, compression, and elevation.

How to Belay When You’re Sport Climbing — 5 Essential Tips for Belaying
Belaying is perhaps the most important skill you need to be safe when you're sport climbing. The climbing leader is protected from injury by a competent belayer. Learn how to be a great belayer by following five essential belaying tips.

Gritstone Climbing at England’s Peak District National Park
Higgar Tor, a compact gritstone cliff in England's Peak District National Park, offers a selection of excellent climbs up its steep faces. Plan your visit to Higgar Tor with this guide to its best climbing routes.

Gritstone Climbing at England’s Peak District National Park
Higgar Tor, a compact gritstone cliff in England's Peak District National Park, offers a selection of excellent climbs up its steep faces. Plan your visit to Higgar Tor with this guide to its best climbing routes.

Gritstone Climbing at England’s Peak District National Park
Higgar Tor, a compact gritstone cliff in England's Peak District National Park, offers a selection of excellent climbs up its steep faces. Plan your visit to Higgar Tor with this guide to its best climbing routes.

Gritstone Climbing at England’s Peak District National Park
Higgar Tor, a compact gritstone cliff in England's Peak District National Park, offers a selection of excellent climbs up its steep faces. Plan your visit to Higgar Tor with this guide to its best climbing routes.

Using Your Brake Hand -- Learn How to Rappel
The cardinal rule of rappelling is: Never Let Go With Your Brake Hand. Learn here about using your brake hand to create more friction when you rappel and how your brake hand makes all your rappels safe.

Stanage Edge Climbing
Stanage Edge in England's Peak District is a long gritstone cliff that is the most popular climbing area in Great Britain. The cliff offers over 850 routes up classic cracks and faces. Learn more about Stanage Edge and make plans to go climbing in the UK!

Can a Climbing Rope Break in a Fall?
Can your climbing rope break if you fall on it? The short answer is No! Ropes don't break, they get cut. Learn how a rope can be cut during a climbing fall and how to protect your precious climbing rope by analyzing rock features, placing gear and using slings, and climbing with double ropes.

Chris Sharma and Daila Ojeda Climb Nude for ESPN
Climbers Chris Sharma and Daila Ojeda climb nude near Bishop in California.

Dateline September 6: First American Ascent of K2
September 6 is the 33rd anniversary of the first American ascent of K2.

Two American Climbers Die on Aconcagua in South America
Two American climbers died of altitude sickness on Aconcagua, the highest mountain in South American, in late December 2012.