Climbing Sitemap - Page 3 2016-09-26

Mt. Everest Mystery: Did Mallory and Irvine Summit in 1924?
Did 38-year-old George Mallory and 22-year-old Andrew

Alex Honnold Solos Half Dome and El Capitan in 11 Hours
Speed climber and extreme soloist Alex Honnold has made a remarkable and amazing climbing feat again by savaging a couple classic long routes in Yosemite

Fredrik Ericsson Made "Careless Mistake" on K2
Since I reported on the fall and death of skier and climber Fredrik Ericsson on K2 yesterday, more details have emerged about the tragedy. Ralf Dujmovits,

Why 10 Climbers Have Died in Colorado's Mountains This Year
Ten mountain climbers have died since June this year on Colorado's 54 Fourteeners, the state's 14,000-foot peaks. It might be the most climber fatalities on

Climbing Quote of the Week: Gaston Rébuffat
The great French alpinist and rock climber Gaston Rébuffat, born in Marseille, France in 1921 and died of cancer in Paris in 1985, was one of the best French

Korean Alpinist Go Mi-sun Dies After Fall on Nanga Parbat
Back on June 30 I reported here about South Korean mountaineers Go Mi-sun and Kim Jae-soo, who became the first climbers to summit three 8,000-meter peaks

Utah Caver Dies After Becoming Stuck
A caver died early Thanksgiving morning after being stuck upside down for 28 hours in a tight passageway in Nutty Putty Cave in Utah. John Jones, a

Who are the 5 Greatest Mount Everest Climbers?
Who are the greatest Mount Everest climbers? Learn about the 5 greatest Everest climbers and their lasting influence.

Haunted Ghostly Climbing Areas
The world is filled with bizarre, eerie, and unexplained events at strange places. Here are four haunted rock climbing areas with ghost ships, devil winds, demon waterfalls, lost gold mines, UFOs, and strange encounters with the unknown and the unexpected. Read and be afraid...be very afraid!

Hueco Tanks - America's Best Winter Climbing and Bouldering Area
Hueco Tanks State Historical Park in west Texas offers some of America’s finest bouldering and climbing on its towering walls and boulders. The 860-acre park, with a warm dry climate, is one of America's premier winter climbing areas.

Bouldering
Learn all about bouldering, the pursuit of hard moves on small rocks; how to boulder; using bouldering to improve your technique; and bouldering equipment.

All About Bouldering Crash Pads -- Bouldering Pads Cushion Your Falls
If you go bouldering, you're going to fall. Use a bouldering crash pad to cushion your fall and help you avoid injuries to your ankles. Read here about the basics of bouldering crash pads.

How to Take a Bouldering Fall
If you go bouldering on small rocks then you need to learn how to safely fall and land. Falling is an essential part of bouldering. If you don't fall then you're not pushing your climbing limits. Falling, however, is dangerous. Learn about bouldering falls, how to fall safely, and where to practice bouldering falls.

The Art of Falling -- How to Take a Safe Climbing Fall
Falling is a big part of sport climbing. If you climb much, you're going to take some falls. Learn about climbing falls, how to protect yourself when falling, and about climbing fall safety.

8 Tips for Better Laybacking
Laybacking, an essential rock climbing technique, is using your hands and feet in opposition to climb cracks and dihedrals. Here are 8 great tips to improve your laybacking technique and get you up more rock climbs.

Rock Climbing Technique
Climbing is about moving over stone. It's about learning to use your hands and feet to ascend vertical rock faces. Learn here about all the specialized techniques used in face climbing and crack climbing, including how to face climb, use different finger grips, layback, and use your feet effectively.

Face Climbing -- How to Rock Climb
Face climbing is moving up a cliff face using your hands and feet on the rock. Learn all about face climbing, how to move over rock, how to use your hands and feet effectively, and how to have more fun through efficient climbing techniques.

Crack Climbing -- How to Jam Cracks
Rock climbers climb cracks, natural weaknesses in cliffs, by jamming or wedging their hands, fingers, bodies, and feet in the cracks. Learn all about crack climbing, how to climb different sizes of cracks, all the techniques to climb cracks, how to protect cracks, and how cracks are rated for difficulty.

Learn How to Rock Climb - Equipment, Knots, and Skills
Learn how to rock climb with these comprehensive articles about climbing equipment, climbing knots, climbing movement, climbing anchors, descending and rappelling, and climbing safety. Every climber from a beginner starting out at an indoor gym to a seasoned big wall veteran will find lots of climbing tips and techniques. Now, let's go climbing!

Laybacking: An Essential Climbing Movement Technique
Laybacking is an essential rock climbing technique to climb cracks in dihedrals and up arętes. Learn how to layback so you can climb more quickly and efficiently.

Basic Rock Climbing Skills (Listing)
Climbing is a skill-based activity. Learn rock climbing skills and techniques so that you can climb faster, safer, and have more fun. Learn climbing skills including how to belay and rappel; how to create equalized anchors for belays and protection; how to lead climb and top-rope; how to face climb and jam cracks; how to speed climb and move faster; how to communicate while climbing; and how to improve your movement techniques.

Tuolumne Meadows Rock Climbing -- Climbing Trip Planning Information
Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park is easy to reach from San Francisco; offers lots of amenities including camping, lodging, and dining; and is one of the best summer climbing areas in the United States. Here’s all the information you need to plan your Tuolumne climbing escape.

10 Climbing Quotes from Colin Kirkus
Colin Kirkus was one of the best rock climbers in the world in the 1930s, with cutting-edge ascents across Great Britain. His 1941 classic how-to-climb book

Check Your Climbing Rope Out -- Take Care of Your Climbing Rope
Your climbing rope is the most important part of your equipment. Make sure your rope is safe and secure by regularly checking it out. Follow these safety checks to make sure your rope is safe by both visually and manually inspecting it.

Smearing: A Basic Climbing Technique
Smearing and edging are the two basic foot techniques used in rock climbing. Learn what smearing is, how to smear your rock shoes on footholds, and what kind of shoes are best for smearing up friction slabs.

Grand Specimen Rock: Colorado Climbing Route Description
Grand Specimen Rock, a towering granite formation on the Front Range above Colorado Springs, offers one of the best multi-pitch routes in Colorado. Check out a route description and topo for Grand Specimen.

Grand Specimen Rock: How to Climb a Colorado Classic Route
Grand Specimen Rock, a towering granite formation on the Front Range above Colorado Springs, offers one of the best multi-pitch routes in Colorado. Check out a route description and topo for Grand Specimen.

Climbing Fashion: Those 1970s Rock Climbing Clothes
The 1970s was a momentous time for rock climbing with new gear innovations, a clean climbing ethic, a dirt-bag climbing lifestyle, and classic climbing clothes. Learn more about climbing in the 1970s and how the seventies climbing fashion and lifestyle came from surfing and punk music.

Use Climbing Hand Signals to Communicate -- Line-of-Sight Eases Climbing Communication
Voice climbing commands are difficult in bad weather, wind, or above roaring rivers. Use line-of-sight to communicate with your climbing partner and use hand signals instead of words as climbing commands. Learn more about climbing hand signals.

3 Essential Climbing Moves to Climb Hard Routes
Successful rock climbing ascents require a variety of climbing techniques and different moves, including the one-arm lock-off move, the cross-through move, and the Gaston move. Find out about these three important climbing moves and positions and learn how to execute them on the rock.

Use Wind Speed and Direction to Predict Climbing Weather
Wind is one of the most dangerous weather elements encountered by climbers and mountaineers. Wind can rob a climber of his warmth and cause hypothermia. Learn more about wind and how to use wind to predict climbing weather.

Choosing the Site for Top-Rope Anchors
The first skill you need to safely create top-rope anchors is to select the best site for them on the cliff-top. Learn how to evaluate a climbing site and safely set up a toprope anchor for climbing.

Natural Anchors -- Using Cliff Features and Trees to Create Anchors
Natural anchors are points on a cliff that are used by climbers as an anchor for belaying, rappelling, and protecting a leader. These points include rock features like boulders and spikes and tree features like branches and tree trunks. Climbers use slings to tie off these points to create secure climbing anchors. Learn more about natural anchors and how to create them.

Use Quickdraws on Sport Anchors for Rigging Top-Ropes
Use quickdraws on the bolt anchors on sport climbing routes to rig top-ropes for your buddies. Using your own gear lessens the wear on permanent hardware and keeps you safer.

Dynamic Moves: Dynos and Deadpoints -- Improve Your Climbing Movement Skills
Dynamic movements—dynos and deadpoints—are essential to modern climbing and getting up hard routes and boulder problems. Learn what a dyno is; how to perform dyno and deadpoint moves; how to practice dynos; and why dynamic moves are important.

Route Description for Lizard Head: Climbing Colorado's Hardest Mountain
Lizard Head, Colorado's hardest summit, is reached by a technical climbing route up its southwest face with steep climbing to an airy summit. Find a complete route description and important climbing beta for your Lizard Head ascent.

Route Description for Lizard Head: Climbing Colorado's Hardest Mountain
Lizard Head, considered to be Colorado's hardest summit, is reached by a technical climbing route up its southwest face. The route offers steep climbing on loose rock to an airy summit with stunning views of the San Juan Mountains. Find a complete route description and important climbing beta for your Lizard Head ascent.

Route Description for Lizard Head: Climbing Colorado's Hardest Mountain
Lizard Head, considered to be Colorado's hardest summit, is reached by a technical climbing route up its southwest face. The route offers steep climbing on loose rock to an airy summit with stunning views of the San Juan Mountains. Find a complete route description and important climbing beta for your Lizard Head ascent.

Route Description for Lizard Head: Climbing Colorado's Hardest Mountain
Lizard Head, considered to be Colorado's hardest summit, is reached by a technical climbing route up its southwest face. The route offers steep climbing on loose rock to an airy summit with stunning views of the San Juan Mountains. Find a complete route description and important climbing beta for your Lizard Head ascent.

How to Remove Stuck Camming Devices -- Tips and Tricks to Remove Stuck Cams
Spring-loaded camming devices or cams are expensive pieces of climbing gear that can get stuck in cracks on routes. Learn tips and tricks to remove stuck cams, including using a nut tool and wired nuts, how to analyze the cam placement, and the reasons that cams get stuck in cracks.

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

How to Evaluate Fixed Pitons on Climbing Routes
Fixed pitons are found on many climbing routes, especially at older climbing areas. Learn how to evaluate and assess fixed pitons, what kind of fixed piton placements you should trust, and why you need to always back up fixed pitons with your own gear.

Climbing Anchors
Anchors for top-ropes and belays are essential for safe climbing. Learn here about different kinds of anchors; gear for anchors; how to choose anchor placements; and constructing safe anchors.

Static Rope
Definition of Static Rope, a climbing equipment word for a rope that doesn't stretch.

What is a Climbing Rope?
Definition of Rope, a climbing equipment word for a length of long cord used for climbing protection.

Your Rope is Your Lifeline -- All About Climbing Ropes
Ropes are a critical and essential piece of climbing equipment. A climbing rope is our lifeline. The rope secures us to each other in a climbing partnership and attaches us to cliffs and rock faces.

Climbing Style and Ethics -- How We Climb is Important
The style that we climb a route or mountain is often more important than getting to the top. Learn about climbing style and ethics, why equipment and technology makes climbing easier, and why adding fixed gear like bolts to routes can bring them to a lower level.

Climbing Knots - Learn How to Tie Important Climbing Knots
Learn all the climbing knots you need to know when you go rock climbing. Follow clear step-by-step photographs to learn how to tie the climbing knots correctly. Knots include friction knots, knots for rappelling, tie-in knots like the figure-8 follow-through knot, hitches including the clove hitch, and knots to tie ropes together like the double fisherman's knot.

Belaying -- All About Belaying
Belaying is an essential climbing skill. You must become a competent and safe belayer to go rock climbing. Learn here all about belaying.

Re-Sling Your Cams - Climbing Safety
The slings on your cams wear out and need to be replaced. Find out why you should replace cam slings, how often they need replacement, and who can do the replacement job for you.

Does Your Climbing Rope Need a Middle Mark?
Two of the most common questions from climbers about climbing ropes are: Why do I need a middle mark on my rope? and How do I mark the middle of my rope? A middle mark on your rope is important because it speeds up your rope management. Learn all about middle marks here.

4 Ways to Descend Cliffs and Mountains
Once you climb to the top of a mountain or cliff, you need to get back down safely and efficiently. Climbers descend off cliffs and mountains in four different ways--hiking down, downclimbing, rappelling, and lowering. Learn more about the four types of descents and how to evaluate terrain for the proper descent.

10 Climbing Quotes from Royal Robbins: The Stone Master Speaks on the Climbing Life
Royal Robbins, one of the greatest American rock climbers, redefined climbing in the 1960s. Here is a collection of quotes about climbing and the climbing life from Royal Robbins, an original stone master on the granite walls of Yosemite Valley.

Summer Rock Climbing -- 5 Tips to Avoid Heat-Related Illness
It's summer and it's hot and you want to go rock climbing. Follow these 5 hot tips to stay safe and cool on the rocks and to avoid heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Head Injuries from Climbing Falls and Rock Impacts — Why You Need to Wear a Climbing Helmet
It's a fact: the rock is hard and your head is soft. Learn about causes of head injuries in climbing accidents and what happens to your brain when your head is impacted during a climbing fall or when hit by a rock. Once you learn the trauma that occurs to your head, you will always wear a climbing helmet to protect your head and life from traumatic life-changing injuries.

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

Mount Greylock - Massachusetts Highest Mountain
Learn interesting facts and history about Mount Greylock, the highest mountain in Massachusetts.

White Butte, the Highest Mountain in North Dakota
White Butte, the highest point in North Dakota, lies in the Badlands in the state's southwestern corner. Find out more about the 30th highest state high point, its history and geology, and all the rattlesnakes that inhabit its grassy slopes.

Speed Climbing -- Climb Fast to be a Better Climber
Speed climbing makes you a better climber. You improve your technique and climb more efficiently. Your rope management skills improve. You get stronger and have more endurance. You learn to evaluate gear and create anchors faster. And you do more climbing in every day. Learn here about learning to climb fast with lots of speed climbing tips.

Patrick Edlinger: Great French Climber Died in 2012
Patrick Edlinger, a great French climber, was a superstar rock climber during the 1980s. Edlinger traveled the world for climbing adventures, approaching climbing as a meditation and yoga. He died after a fall in his home in 2012.

Never Trust a Single Anchor - Analysis of an Accident
A rock climber falls while rappelling at the Garden of the Gods when an old anchor bolt breaks. Read an analysis of the accident and the lessons to learn from it.

Climber Abandoned to Die by Sherpas on Kangchenjunga
Cleo Weidlich reached the summit of 28,169-foot (8,586-meter) Kangchenjunga on the morning of May 20, becoming the first American woman to climb the

How to Clip Into Bolts: Learn 2 Types of Clips
Clipping into bolts and quickdraws while you lead a route is an important sport climbing technique. Learn more about clipping bolts, redpoint and pinkpoint ascents, and the two types of clips--the thumb clip and the finger clip.

Climbing Causes Rotator Cuff Injuries
Rotator cuff injuries are the most common shoulder injury that occurs in climbers, especially sport climbers who crank steep overhanging routes. Learn all about the rotator cuff, how it is injured, how to self-assess a cuff injury, how to treat a rotator cuff strain, how a doctor treats a rotator cuff tear, and how to rehab an injured rotator cuff.

Snowdon: Britain's Most Famous Mountain
Learn all about Snowdon, the most climbed mountain in Great Britain as well as its most famous peak. Find out lots of interesting facts about Snowdon and how to climb its ridges and cliffs.

Greatest Mount Everest Climbers: George Mallory
George Mallory, a member of three British expeditions to Mount Everest in the early 1920s, died on the mountain's Northeast Ridge on June 8, 1924, leaving behind the enduring mystery: Did Mallory and his partner Sandy Irvine reach the summit of Mount Everest 29 years before Hillary and Tenzing?

The 5 Greatest Mount Everest Climbers
Reinhold Messner, one of the greatest Mount Everest climbers made the first ascent without supplemental oxygen with Peter Habeler in 1978 and then did the first ascent of a new route on the North Face alone. Page 2.

The 5 Greatest Mount Everest Climbers: Sir Edmund Hillary--New Zealander Makes First Ascent of Everest
Sir Edmund Hillary, a lanky New Zealand beekeeper and mountaineer, made the first ascent of Mount Everest with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in May, 1953.

The 5 Greatest Mount Everest Climbers: Tenzing Norgay -- Sherpa to the Top of the World
Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa from northern Nepal, climbed the first ascent of Mount Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary in May 1953.

The 5 Greatest Mount Everest Climbers: Eric Shipton
Eric Shipton, an English mountain explorer, did not reach the summit of Mount Everest but his explorations of the surrounding area from 1930 until the 1950s allowed climbers to easily access the great mountain.

Climbing the 7 Summits - Can You Afford It?
How much does it cost to climb The Seven Summits, the seven highest mountains on the seven continents? You know it will cost a lot of money, find out here how much it costs to climb all seven mountains.

Tips to Avoid Getting Caught in Lightning Storms
You are out climbing or hiking in the mountains and see a lightning storm brewing. What do you do to be safe? Here are 9 tips to avoid lightning strikes and avoid getting caught in severe storms with lightning.

The Clove Hitch Knot for Climbing
The Clove Hitch Knot is an easy-to-tie and strong knot used to tie a climber to an anchor. Learn all about the clove hitch and its advantages and disadvantages.

9 Weather Signs of an Incoming Storm
When you're climbing in the mountains, it's important to know how to predict climbing weather to avoid rain, snow, and wind. Learn nine common signs that indicate your climbing weather is changing, including cumulus clouds, cirrus clouds, a halo around the moon, rising and falling barometric pressure, and low clouds.

Gangkhar Puensum - World’s Highest Unclimbed Mountain
Learn all about Gangkhar Puensum in Bhutan, the world's highest unclimbed mountain.

Climbing Harney Peak in South Dakota: Route Description
Harney Peak, the highest mountain in South Dakota, is a popular and easy hike up a good trail. Read about Harney Peak and a complete route description, then make plans to climb this US state high point.

Grand Teton: Wyoming’s Second Highest Mountain
The Grand Teton, the second highest mountain in Wyoming, is one of America's most famous mountains with over 85 climbing routes and variations to its rocky 13,775-foot summit. Learn lots of interesting facts about the Grand Teton, including its name, geology, historic ascents, the peak's two most popular routes, and the controversy over its first ascent.

Climbing Colorado's Fourteeners
Colorado has 55 Fourteeners or 14,000-foot mountains in its many mountain ranges. Learn all about Colorado's Fourteeners and how to climb them.

Essential Ice Climbing Equipment
You want to go ice climbing this winter, but what equipment do you need? Here is a list of all the climbing equipment you need to go ice climbing and stay warm outside in the winter, including a helmet, boots, harness, crampons, ice tools, headlamp, belay device, and warm clothes.

Sunlight Spire: Colorado’s Hardest Fourteener
Sunlight Spire, a pointed granite tower that reaches exactly 14,000 feet, is Colorado's hardest Fourteener to climb. The spire's unranked summit is climbed by an overhanging 5.10 finger and hand crack up its west face.

6 Tricks and Tips for Better Bouldering Skills
Bouldering is a simple climbing sport. It's just you and the rock. Follow these 6 essential bouldering tips and tricks and get up more problems and have more fun. Learn why you should clean your rock shoes and handholds; the ethics of cheater stones; why it's important to check out the top out and the descent; and how to previsualize a boulder problem.

Climbing Voice Commands
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.

How to Rig a Carabiner Brake - Emergency Rappelling
Learn how to rig a carabiner brake so you can safely rappel off a climb if you accidently drop, lose, or forget your rappel device.

Step 2 How to Rig a Carabiner Brake -- Emergency Rappelling Method
Learn how to rig a carabiner brake so you can safely rappel off a climb if you accidently drop, lose, or forget your rappel device by following step 2.

Step 3 How to Rig a Carabiner Brake -- Emergency Rappelling Method
Learn how to rig a carabiner brake so you can safely rappel off a climb if you accidently drop, lose, or forget your rappel device by following step 3.

Step 4 How to Rig a Carabiner Brake -- Emergency Rappelling Method
Learn how to rig a carabiner brake so you can safely rappel off a climb if you accidently drop, lose, or forget your rappel device by following step 4.

Climbing in Austin - Why You Should Go
Austin, the capital city of Texas, offers lots of rock climbing venues for the urban climber, including limestone routes at Barton Creek Greenbelt, lots of bouldering, and great granite climbing at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.

How to Tie and Use an Autoblock Knot for Climbing
Learn how to tie and use an autoblock knot, an essential safety knot used in climbing and rappelling.

How to Tie and Use an Autoblock Knot -- What You Need to Tie an Autoblock Knot
What gear you need to tie an autoblock knot when you're rock climbing and rappelling.

How to Tie and Use an Autoblock Knot -- Step 1 toTie an Autoblock Knot
The first step to tie an autoblock knot is to wrap a cord or sling 4 or 5 times around the rappel ropes.

How to Tie and Use an Autoblock Knot -- Step 2 toTie an Autoblock Knot
The second step to tie an autoblock knot is to wrap clip both ends of the cord into a locking carabiner on your harness leg loop.

How to Tie and Use an Autoblock Knot -- Using an Autoblock Knot
After you've tied an autoblock knot you need to know how to use it when you're rock climbing. Learn some tips and tricks here to use the autoblock knot when you're rappelling.

Taking Care of Rock Shoes — 3 Tips for Rock Shoe Care
To ensure that your rock shoes last, follow these three tips every time you go climbing and your shoes will have a long and happy life on the rocks.

Handhold
Definition of Handhold, a climbing word for a point on a cliff face that a climber uses with her hands to make upward progress.

All About Humphrey's Peak - Highest Mountain in Arizona
Read interesting facts and statistics about Humphreys Peak, the highest mountain in Arizona.

Spiky Plus Ice Cleats - A Climber's Review
A review of Spiky Plus ice cleats, which are attached to hiking and climbing boots for hiking and climbing on snow and ice slopes and trails.

How to Tie and Use a Prusik Knot for Climbing
Learn how to tie a Prusik knot, an important knot used in climbing for ascending ropes and in emergency situations.

Step 2: How to Tie and Use a Prusik Knot
Learn how to tie a Prusik knot, an important knot used in climbing for ascending ropes and in emergency situations.

Step 3: How to Tie and Use a Prusik Knot
Learn how to tie a Prusik knot, an important knot used in climbing for ascending ropes and in emergency situations.

Step 4: How to Tie and Use a Prusik Knot
Learn how to use a Prusik knot, an important knot used in climbing for ascending ropes and in emergency situations.

Step 5: How to Tie and Use a Prusik Knot
Learn how to use a Prusik knot, an important knot used in climbing for ascending ropes and in emergency situations.

Facts About Shiprock - Sacred Navajo Peak in New Mexico
Shiprock, a towering rock mountain in northwestern New Mexico, is sacred to the Navajo Indians. Shiprock figures prominently in many Navajo legends and myths. Find out about Shiprock's geology, climbing history, and Navajo mythology.

All About Climbing Slings for Rock Climbing
Climbing slings, simply lengths of webbing that are tied or sewn into closed loops, are an essential 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.

How to Resole Your Rock Shoes — The Case for New Soles
Good climbing shoes are expensive. Resoling your rock shoes is inexpensive. Get your rock shoes resoled by a reputable cobbler and you’ll be surprised how much life they have left in them. Find out how and why to get resoles on rock shoes.

Bolt -- Definition of a Climbing Equipment Word
Definition of Bolt, a climbing equipment word for an artificial anchor placed in a hole drilled in the rock. Bolts provide permanent climbing protection and anchors for belaying and rappelling.

The Seven Summits - Each Continent's Highest Point
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.

Bomber
Definition of Bomber, a climbing slang word that means fail-safe and solid.

Harness: What is a Climbing Harness?
Definition of Harness, a climbing equipment word for a safety waist belt with leg loops that is used for rock climbing.

Beware of Climbing Bolt Failure -- Anchors Fail at Salt Water Climbing Areas
Climbing bolt anchors fail at seaside climbing areas because of corrosion and rust to the metal bolts. The UIAA has released a set of guidelines for climbers to follow at sea cliff climbing areas to insure that you only clip into and use bolts that can safe hold a climbing fall.

12 Tips for Leading a Trad Climbing Route
Lead climbing requires strategy, thought, and experience to safely and efficiently climb trad routes. Follow these 12 essential lead climbing tips to become a better and safer lead climber.

Let's Go Sport Climbing --Skills to Be a Sport Climber
Sport climbing, the pursuit of bolt-protected gymnastic climbing, offers the rewards of rock climbing without a lot of the risks. Learn here what sport climbing is and what skills you need to get out on the rocks.

Rock Climbing Shoes Wear Out -- Follow These Tips to Keep Climbing
Rock climbing shoes, like the rest of your climbing equipment, eventually wear out. The more you climb, the faster your shoes get trashed. Follow these climbing shoe-care tips to keep climbing in your rock shoes.

Rock Climbing Safety Tips and Advice
Climbing is dangerous. Learn the basic rules of climbing safety to stay safe on the rocks and avoid accidents. Follow these ten tips for climbing safety for a safe climbing adventure.

Am I Too Old to Start Rock Climbing? - Climbing FAQs
Climbing FAQ: Am I too old to start rock climbing? The answer is No! Climbing keeps you young and improves your health. Get on the rock and find new life.

Tips on Threading and Lowering from Anchor Bolts — How to Lower Off a Sport Route
Lowering off a climbing route is one of the most dangerous aspects of sport climbing. Learn how to descend from the anchors on sport climbs; how to communicate with your belayer; how to thread a bolt anchor at the top of a route; why you need to check the anchors before lowering; and why you should clip yourself in the anchor before doing anything else.

How to Climb If You're Afraid of Heights - Climbing FAQ
Advice on how to rock climb if you're afraid of heights.

How to Buy and Fit a Climbing Harness
You want to buy a new harness? Here are seven tips on how to fit and buy a climbing harness. If you've never owned a harness before, it's best to shop at a store rather than buying one on-line so that you can try on different harnesses and find the best fit for your body type.

5 Pro Tips to Be a Climbing Photographer -- How to Take Better Climbing Photographs
If you want to improve your climbing photography, follow my five pro photo tips and you'll be on your way to shooting some great climbing images. Go out and shoot what and who you know; previsualize your photos; put yourself in the right situations; make mistakes; and be passionate about climbing and photography.

The 5 Quietest Climbing Areas in the United States -- Listen to Silence in the National Parks
Where are the quietest places to go climbing in the United States? Check out five of the quietest American national parks and find out where you can listen to the sounds of silence as well as stand atop towering mountains and climb vertical cliffs.

List of Provincial and Territorial Mountain High Points in Canada -- High Points of Canada’s 13 Provinces and Territories
Check out this list of all the high points for the Canadian provinces and territories. It's a tough climbing list to complete since many of the mountains are remote and difficult to reach, including Mount Logan, the 2nd highest mountain in North America.

List of Provincial and Territorial Mountain High Points in Canada -- High Points of Canada’s 13 Provinces and Territories
Check out this list of all the high points for the Canadian provinces and territories. It's a tough climbing list to complete since many of the mountains are remote and difficult to reach, including Mount Logan, the 2nd highest mountain in North America.

Kangchenjunga - Highest Mountain in India
Kangchenjunga is the highest mountain in India and second highest in Nepal and is the easternmost 8,000-meter peak.

Complete List of Colorado's Fourteeners
Colorado, the roof of the Rockies, offers 55 Fourteeners or peaks above 14,000 feet for climbers. Here is a complete listing of all the Fourteeners, their elevations, and their mountain ranges.

10 Tips to Place Better Cams for Rock Climbing
Spring-loaded camming devices or SLCDs are an important part of your rack of climbing gear. While cams are easy to place, they are only safe and secure if placed correctly. Learn how to place camming units; which cracks are best for cams; why you use quickdraws on cams; why cams aren't great for top-rope anchors; and how to remove stuck cams.

Cho Oyu: 6th Highest Mountain in the World
Facts About Cho Oyu, the Fifth Highest Mountain in the World

Facts About Wheeler Peak: New Mexico’s Highest Mountain
Wheeler Peak, the highest mountain in New Mexico, towers above the eastern skyline of Taos and Taos Pueblo. This interesting mountain is easily climbed on a good trail. Find out lots of facts about Wheeler Peak and sacred Blue Lake on its southeast flank.

Mount Kosciuszko - Facts on Highest Peak in Australia
Fast facts about Mount Kosciuszko, the highest mountain in Australia and one of the Seven Summits.

6 Tips for Better Climbing Footwork Techniques
How you move and place your feet and rock shoes while you're climbing is important to your success. Efficient foot placement, including watching your foot, placing your foot quietly, and taking small steps is paramount to climbing well. Learn 6 tips about climbing footwork and you'll be climbing harder and higher.

The Life and Climbs of Riccardo Cassin
The great Italian climber Riccardo Cassin (1909-2009) was simply one of the world's best climbers in the 1930s, doing many alpine first ascents. Later he led expeditions to Alaska, Asia, and the Andes. Read more about Cassin and his great climbs.

Lhotse - Fourth Highest Mountain in the World
Facts about Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain in the world.

Drones Banned in National, State, and Local Parks
The use of drones or unmanned aircraft is prohibited in national, state, and city parks including Yosemite National Park and Garden of the Gods Park. Learn more about how drones affect climbers, wildlife, and the natural experience of park users.

How to Tie a Figure-8 Follow-Through Knot
Learn how to tie a figure-8 follow-through knot, the best knot for tying into a climbing rope. The figure-8 follow-through knot, also called a figure-8 trace knot, is the best knot for rock climbing since it's easy to check and won't come untied.

How to Tie a Figure-8 Follow-Through Knot for Climbing
Learn how to tie a figure-8 follow-through knot, the best knot for tying into a climbing rope. The figure-8 follow-through knot, also called a figure-8 trace knot, is the best knot for rock climbing since it's easy to check and won't come untied.

How to Tie a Figure-8 Follow-Through Knot for Climbing
Learn how to tie a figure-8 follow-through knot, the best knot for tying into a climbing rope. The figure-8 follow-through knot, also called a figure-8 trace knot, is the best knot for rock climbing since it's easy to check and won't come untied.

How to Tie a Figure-8 Follow-Through Knot for Climbing
Learn how to tie a figure-8 follow-through knot, the best knot for tying into a climbing rope. The figure-8 follow-through knot, also called a figure-8 trace knot, is the best knot for rock climbing since it's easy to check and won't come untied.

K2 -- Famous First Ascents on the World's 2nd Highest Mountain
K2, the world's second highest mountain, is one of its most difficult and dangerous to climb. Here is a list of all the firsts on K2, including the first attempt, the first ascent, first Americans to climb it, first woman ascent, first ski descent, and first death.

Take Your Kids Rock Climbing: How to be a Responsible Climbing Parent
If you take your children rock climbing then you need to be a responsible climbing parent by making sure that your kids are safe, aren't bored, and don't bother other climbers. Read more about bad cliff behavior and tips on kid climbing fun.

All About Finding the Right Ice Axe for Your Needs
An ice axe is an essential piece of climbing equipment for mountaineering and traveling across snow and ice. Which ice axe is best for your adventures? Find out how to pick an ice axe to fit your climbing.

"Dark Summit" by Nick Heil - Book Review
Book review of The Summit — The True Story of Everest’s Most Controversial Season by Nick Heil about Mount Everest and the 2006 disaster

Use SECURE to Evaluate Your Top-Rope Anchor -- How to Build a Top-Rope Anchor
Use the acronym SECURE to evaluate your top-rope climbing anchors to make sure they are safe, secure, and properly rigged. SECURE insures that you and your climbing partners will be safe when you're having fun top-roping at your local cliff.

How Many Climbers are in the United States?
How many climbers are in the United States? A 2012 study and survey details how many sport and traditional climbers are in the US and compares them to previous years. The results are surprising. Are there more or less climbers than you think? Read and find out...

Climbing Mini-Guide to the Girlie Man Area
Information on rock climbing on the slabs at the Girlie Man area on the north side of McDowell Sonoran Preserve northwest of Phoenix and Scottsdale in central Arizona.

Finding the Girlie Man Climbing Area: Climbing at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve
How to locate and access the Girlie Man climbing area in McDowell Sonoran Preserve near Phoenix and Scottsdale in Arizona. Page 2.

Mini-Guide to the Girlie Man Area: Climbing Route Descriptions
Route descriptions and a photo topo of the rock climbing routes at the Girlie Man area in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve near Phoenix and Scottsdale in central Arizona. Page 3.

80-Year-Old Japanese Climber is Oldest to Climb Mount Everest
In May, 2013, Yuichiro Miura, an 80-year-old Japanese extreme skier, became the oldest person to climb to the summit of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world.

Is There Rock Climbing on the Moon?: Lunar First Ascents for Astronauts
Climbers are exploring the earth's surface in search of unclimbed rock and first ascents. The next climbing frontier,however, is the Moon. Read more about bouldering on the Moon.

Mount Fuji: The Art of Japan's Sacred Mountain -- Artist Hokusai Creates "36 Views of Mount Fuji"
Mount Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan and one of the world's most beautiful mountains, is sacred to the Japanese people. Mount Fuji occurs in many folktales as well as art works. Learn more about artist Hokasai's interpretations of Mount Fuji in his classic

Huascarán — Peru’s Highest Mountain
Huascaran is the highest mountain in Peru and the fourth highest mountain in South America. Learn all about this spectacular mountain, its two tragic avalanches that killed thousands below, climbing history including a 1908 ascent by an American woman, and why Huascaran could be the 2nd highest mountain in the world.

Climb Harder by Identifying Your Weaknesses
To improve your rock climbing ability and techniques, you need to identify your weaknesses and strengths. It's easiest to do that and to turn weaknesses into strengths by training in an indoor climbing gym. Read more about understanding your climbing weaknesses and creating a program to achieve your climbing goals.

Mount Rainier Avalanche Buries 11 Climbers in 2010 -- Climber Mark Wedeven was Solo Fatality in Avalanche
On June 5, 2010, a massive slab avalanche rushed down Ingraham Glacier on Mount Rainier, burying 11 climbers. Ten of the buried climbers were rescued while one, Mark Wedeven, was missing. Read about this tragic accident, how so many were saved, and more about Mark Wedeven.

Dateline 1893: Cowboy First Ascent of Devils Tower
The first climbing ascent of Devils Tower in Wyoming was by two cowboys, William Rogers and Willard Ripley, on a 350-foot-high wooden ladder pounded into a crack. The pair ascended the tower before a large crowd on July Fourth in 1893. Learn more about their historic ascent.

Climbing FAQ: What Gear Should a Beginning Climber Buy?
One of the most commonly asked climbing questions (FAQs) by beginners is:

Mobile Phones are Smart Tools for Climbing -- Using a Mobile Device While Climbing
Your smart phone or other mobile device is a great tool to take climbing and hiking in the mountains. Lots of useful outdoor apps help you find your way to the cliff, give route beta, provide GPS tracking, let you check the weather, help you identify plants and animals, and take photos and videos of your adventures. Find out how to use a smart phone in the field, how to protect it, and how to conserve and boost battery power.

Four Climbing Quotes from Chris Sharma
Here are four quotes about rock climbing from Chris Sharma, one of the best rock climbers in the world. Sharma discusses his lifelong passion for climbing and its use as a moving meditation.

Where to Climb in Virginia -- Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah National Park
Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah National Park is the best granite rock climbing area in the mid-Atlantic region. Old Rag, two hours west of Washington DC, offers lots of great crack climbs, sport climbing routes, and slab climbs on crags and cliffs on the mountain's upper slope. Discover more about Old Rag Mountain and make plans to climb Virginia granite.

Basics of Indoor Gym Climbing -- Learn How to Climb in a Rock Gym
If you want to learn how to rock climb there is no better place to start than at an indoor climbing gym. Find out about types of gyms, what to expect when you climb indoors, some safety tips, and how to avoid injury when you climb in the great indoors.

Train Power and Endurance at Your Climbing Gym -- Indoor Training for Climbing
Indoor climbing gyms are great places to train for climbing if you can't be outside on real rock. If you want to improve your climbing, then train for both power and endurance in the climbing gym, which will translate to climbing harder and higher at the cliff. Find out how to train power and endurance in the gym.

Ueli Steck Speed Climbs South Face of Annapurna: Solo Climb is Landmark Ascent of 8,000-Meter Peak
In October, 2013 the great Swiss alpinist Ueli Steck made a 28-hour solo ascent of the huge South Face of Annapurna, the 10th highest mountain in the world. This climb is simply one of the greatest achievements in mountaineering.

Climbing Black Mesa: Oklahoma High Point -- Route Description for 4,973-foot Black Mesa
Want to stand on the roof of Oklahoma? Here is a complete route description for finding and climbing to the highest point in Oklahoma, which lies in the far western end of the Oklahoma Panhandle next to New Mexico and Colorado.

Climbing and Canyoneering Near Moab
The canyon country around Moab in eastern Utah offers numerous canyons and slot canyons for canyoneering and climbing adventures. Discover Entrajo Canyon and the Medieval Chamber, two of Moab's best canyons.

Using Pocket Handholds for Face Climbing -- Learn How to Face Climb
Climbing steep limestone cliffs covered with pockets is fun. Learn all about pocket climbing; the types of pockets; how to grab pockets; which fingers and finger combinations to use in pockets; and how to avoid finger injuries when you climb pockets.

The Clean Climbing Revolution -- Pitons Cause Damage to Climbing Environments
Pitons, repeatedly hammered into and out of cracks, cause a lot of environmental damage to rock surfaces, leaving unsightly piton scars behind and forever altering the rock. About 1970, climbers began using nuts instead of pitons to lessen rock damage and preserve rock resources. Read about piton use; the damage that pitons cause; the first nuts used in the US; Chouinard Equipment’s Hexentric nuts; and Doug Robinson’s clean climbing essay that changed American rock climbing.

Climbing Mount Everest -- Climbing History of the Northeast Ridge Route
The Northeast Ridge Route on the north side of Mount Everest is one of the two most commonly climbed routes to the summit of Everest. Learn about the history of the Northeast Ridge Route, the first ascent by Chinese and Tibetan climbers in 1960, George Mallory's ill-fated attempt in 1924, and Conrad Anker's free climbing ascent of the Second Step in 1999.

Is Bouldering a Sustainable Climbing Activity? -- How to Lessen Bouldering Impact at Climbing Areas
Bouldering, despite its simplicity, has a lot of environmental impacts like soil compaction, social trails, and damage to rare plants. Land managers are looking at what can be done to preserve fragile bouldering environments. Learn about some of the problems caused by bouldering at areas and what can be done to mitigate them so that bouldering isn't further restricted.

8 Tips to Minimize Your Bouldering Impact -- How to Create Sustainable Bouldering Areas
Climbers are responsible for lessening their impact at bouldering areas. Here are 8 tips to help minimize the impact of bouldering, including following trails, not compacting soils, not grooming staging areas, not removing vegetation and soil from boulders, minimizing chalk use, and taking all litter home with you. Follow these tips to create more sustainable bouldering areas.

Illegal Climbing Bolts at the Garden of the Gods -- Climbing Ethics: Bolting Permanently Damages the Rock
A climber with a power drill placed 4 new bolts on a route at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, setting off a fire storm among local climbers. The renegade bolts were chopped or removed and the holes filled in. Read more about illegal bolting and the ethical and environmental responsibilities that rock climbers have to preserve climbing freedoms at sensitive American climbing areas.

Do Climbers Get Doped Up to Rope Up: Climbing and Performance-Enhancing Drugs
Do climbers use performance-enhancing drugs like steroids to help their performance on hard routes and at competitions? With climbing being considered as a future Olympic sport, it's important to consider drug testing to create a level climbing wall.

Aid Climbing Ratings -- How to Rate Aid Climbs
How do you rate aid climbs? Aid routes and aid climbing placements are rated differently than free climbing ratings. Learn all about the aid climbing and clean aid climbing rating system from A0 to the mythical A6 grade.

When to Retire Climbing Slings -- Climbing Slings Wear Out
Slings, one of the workhorses of your climbing rack, wear out with use. Learn what causes slings to wear out and fail and when to retire your climbing slings.

How to Toss Rappel Ropes -- Learn Essential Rappelling Skills
It is important to learn how to properly and safely toss your rappel ropes off from the top of a cliff. If you do it wrong you can end up with rope tangles, your rope snagged on flakes and in cracks, and a big mess. Learn how to properly coil and toss your rappel rope and be a happy climber.

Freedom to Fall -- Review of Carol Hampson's Memoir About Her Climbing Son's Death
It's difficult to deal with the death of a loved one, especially a child, who is killed climbing. Carol Hampson wrote the book

Ten Sleep Canyon Rock Climbing -- Climbing at Ten Sleep Canyon in Wyoming
Ten Sleep Canyon in the Bighorn Mountains in northern Wyoming is one of America's best limestone and dolomite climbing areas with almost 1,000 climbing routes, many of moderate grades. Ten Sleep offers great rock climbing, dispersed camping, wonderful mountain scenery, and good summer weather.

Lizard Head First Ascent: 1921 Account of Lizard Head's First Ascent by Albert Ellingwood
In the November, 1921 issue of Outing Magazine, Albert Ellingwood wrote an article about the first ascent of Lizard Head in southwest Colorado with Barton Hoag. Their 1920 ascent, done with a hemp rope and 3 pitons, was undoubtedly one of the hardest rock climbs in the United States at the time. Read Ellingwood's account of this landmark American climb.

Lizard Head First Ascent: 1921 Account of Lizard Head's First Ascent by Albert Ellingwood
In the November, 1921 issue of Outing Magazine, Albert Ellingwood wrote an article about the first ascent of Lizard Head in southwest Colorado with Barton Hoag. Their 1920 ascent, done with a hemp rope and 3 pitons, was undoubtedly one of the hardest rock climbs in the United States at the time. Read Ellingwood's account of this landmark American climb. Page 2.

Lizard Head First Ascent: 1921 Account of Lizard Head's First Ascent by Albert Ellingwood
In the November, 1921 issue of Outing Magazine, Albert Ellingwood wrote an article about the first ascent of Lizard Head in southwest Colorado with Barton Hoag. Their 1920 ascent, done with a hemp rope and 3 pitons, was undoubtedly one of the hardest rock climbs in the United States at the time. Read Ellingwood's account of this landmark American climb. Page 3.

Lizard Head First Ascent: 1921 Account of Lizard Head's First Ascent by Albert Ellingwood
In the November, 1921 issue of Outing Magazine, Albert Ellingwood wrote an article about the first ascent of Lizard Head in southwest Colorado with Barton Hoag. Their 1920 ascent, done with a hemp rope and 3 pitons, was undoubtedly one of the hardest rock climbs in the United States at the time. Read Ellingwood's account of this landmark American climb. Page 4.

Lizard Head First Ascent: 1921 Account of Lizard Head's First Ascent by Albert Ellingwood
In the November, 1921 issue of Outing Magazine, Albert Ellingwood wrote an article about the first ascent of Lizard Head in southwest Colorado with Barton Hoag. Their 1920 ascent, done with a hemp rope and 3 pitons, was undoubtedly one of the hardest rock climbs in the United States at the time. Read Ellingwood's account of this landmark American climb. Page 5.

Lizard Head First Ascent: 1921 Account of Lizard Head's First Ascent by Albert Ellingwood
In the November, 1921 issue of Outing Magazine, Albert Ellingwood wrote an article about the first ascent of Lizard Head in southwest Colorado with Barton Hoag. Their 1920 ascent, done with a hemp rope and 3 pitons, was undoubtedly one of the hardest rock climbs in the United States at the time. Read Ellingwood's account of this landmark American climb. Page 6.

Profile of John Bachar — John Bachar: American Rock Climbing Icon
John Bachar (1957-2009) was an iconic American climber who died in a fall free-soloing in California. Bachar, from southern California, was perhaps the best climber of his generation with numerous landmark ascents in Yosemite Valley, Joshua Tree, Colorado and other climbing areas. Read more about John Bachar and a timeline of his life and times.

Rock Climbing at Rio de Janeiro -- World's Best Urban Climbing Area in Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, the largest city in Brazil, not only is one of the world's most beautiful cities, it also is one of the best cities for rock climbing. Rio offers thousands of rock climbing routes up spectacular granites perched above the city.

BlueWater Titan Loop Chain -- Guide Review of a Personal Anchor Tether for Climbing
The BlueWater Titan Loop Chain is one of the best, lightest, and strongest personal anchor tethers available for rock climbers to clip themselves into anchors. Read this review for the BlueWater Titan Loop Chain, an important piece of guide-recommended climbing equipment.

Three Types of Avalanche Terrain -- Learn to Recognize Hazardous Avalanche Terrain
Traveling across snowy landscapes in winter can be hazardous to climbers, hikers, skiers, and snowmobilers. Learn to recognize the three types of avalanche terrain and how to evaluate slopes to determine if you can safely cross them without causing an avalanche.

All About Climbing Bolts -- Bolts Used for Sport Climbing and Anchors
Bolts, metal shafts placed in predrilled holes in the rock, are used by rock climbers for anchors and protection. Learn about the three main types of bolts used in climbing; the two types of bolt strengths that are important to climbers; and why thicker bolts are better than thin bolts.

Pixie Rock -- Best Roadside Top-Rope Cliffs at Joshua Tree
Pixie Rock, a southeast-facing cliff at Indian Cove on the north side of Joshua Tree National Park, is a popular climbing cliff with lots of fun top-rope routes that are easily accessed. Go top-rope climbing at Pixie Rock, a good roadside crag at Joshua Tree, using these comprehensive route descriptions and photo topos.

Pixie Rock -- Best Roadside Top-Rope Cliffs at Joshua Tree
Pixie Rock, a southeast-facing cliff at Indian Cove on the north side of Joshua Tree National Park, is a popular climbing cliff with lots of fun top-rope routes that are easily accessed. Go top-rope climbing at Pixie Rock, a good roadside crag at Joshua Tree, using these comprehensive route descriptions and photo topos. Page 2.

Pixie Rock -- Best Roadside Top-Rope Cliffs at Joshua Tree
Pixie Rock, a southeast-facing cliff at Indian Cove on the north side of Joshua Tree National Park, is a popular climbing cliff with lots of fun top-rope routes that are easily accessed. Go top-rope climbing at Pixie Rock, a good roadside crag at Joshua Tree, using these comprehensive route descriptions and photo topos. Page 3.

Mount of the Holy Cross: 51st Highest Mountain in Colorado -- Fast Facts About Mount of the Holy Cross
Mount of the Holy Cross, one of Colorado's Fourteeers, is one of the state's most famous natural features. The mountain's east face features a huge cross formed by a vertical couloir and a horizontal bench that holds snow through the summer. Find out more about Mount of the Holy Cross and its religious significance in American history.

Lizard’s Hangout -- Best Roadside Top-Rope Cliffs at Joshua Tree
Lizard's Hangout, lying on the western side of Joshua Tree National Park, is an easily accessible cliff that is popular with rock climbers. Learn all about top-rope climbing at Lizard's Hangout, one of Joshua Tree's best roadside cliffs, and use route descriptions and photo topos to go climbing.

Lizard’s Hangout -- Best Roadside Top-Rope Cliffs at Joshua Tree
Lizard's Hangout, lying on the western side of Joshua Tree National Park, is an easily accessible cliff that is popular with rock climbers. Learn all about top-rope climbing at Lizard's Hangout, one of Joshua Tree's best roadside cliffs, and use route descriptions and photo topos to go climbing. Page 2.

Lizard’s Hangout -- Best Roadside Top-Rope Cliffs at Joshua Tree
Lizard's Hangout, lying on the western side of Joshua Tree National Park, is an easily accessible cliff that is popular with rock climbers. Learn all about top-rope climbing at Lizard's Hangout, one of Joshua Tree's best roadside cliffs, and use route descriptions and photo topos to go climbing. Page 3.

All About Canyoneering -- Learn the Sport of Descending Canyons
Canyoneering is the sport of descending down narrow rocky canyons, usually using technical rock climbing skills, like rappelling and rigging anchors, as well as scrambling, down-climbing, swimming, wading, and hiking. Find out more about canyoneering; how it differs from rock climbing; and how to find canyoneering adventures.

Basic Footwork for Novice Climbers — Learn How to Climb
Footwork is the most difficult aspect of rock climbing for beginners to master. Most novice climbers want to pull with their arms, rather than push with their legs. Follow these suggestions and tips to learn how to use your feet better when you climb, how to identify and use different kinds of footholds, and how to practice footwork to climb better.

6 Off-Width Crack Climbing Tips -- Learn to Climb Off-Width Cracks
It's a lot of work to climb off-width cracks. Here are some tips to climb off-widths more efficiently by wearing the right harness, racking your gear on a sling, and sliding a big cam up as you climb.

How to Buy a Crash Pad — All About Bouldering Crash Pads
Bouldering crash pads are an essential part of your bouldering equipment. Learn here about bouldering pad construction, what are the important structural elements and frills on bouldering pads, and tips on buying a bouldering pad.

The Spirit of the Mountains -- Mountains and Cliffs are Sacred Places
Mountains, high cliffs, and summits have always been sacred places to humans and climbers all over the world. Find out more about mountains as sacred places, including sacred mountains in Judeo-Christian mythology, as well as sacred peaks in Greece, Japan, and Asia. America too has many sacred mountains like the four sacred mountains of the Navajo that hold up their world.

How to Find and Use Climbing Rests -- Improve Your Climbing Movement Skills
Finding and using rests while you're rock climbing is just as important as the moves you make using handholds and footholds. Learn all about rests, what a resting point is on a climb, and a couple basic rest techniques to help you rest and recover if you get pumped climbing.

Double Figure-8 Fisherman’s Knot
Definition of Double Figure-8 Fisherman’s Knot, climbing words for the best knot to tie 2 ropes together.

Caving
Caving is the sport of exploring underground caves and caverns. Learn more about caving, caving equipment, caving skills, cave safety, cave conservation, and where to go caving.

Climber's Slang
A dictionary of climbing slang words,including beta, flash, on-sight, and red-point.

Julia Archibald Holmes -- First Woman to Climb Pikes Peak
In 1858 Julia Archibald Holmes became the first woman to climb Pikes Peak, one of Colorado's most famous Fourteeners. Read all about Holme's landmark ascent here.

Two Types of Crampons — All About Hinged and Rigid Crampons
Two types of crampons--hinged and rigid--are available for mountaineers and ice climbers. Find out about both types of crampons and which one is right for the climbing that you love to do.

Pennsylvania Rock Climbing
Pennsylvania offers rock climbers some fine small crag to practice the vertical game, including McConnell's Mill, Bellafonte Quarry, and Chickies Rock.

New Jersey Rock Climbing
New Jersey, one of the most populous states, doesn't offer a lot of climbing. Here are some links to find New Jersey's best rock adventures.

New York Rock Climbing
New York offers lots of great rock climbing, including the Shawangunks, one of America's best climbing areas. Check out these links to find out all the beta on rock climbing New York.

Your Top-Rope Chain of Safety: The Serious Business of Top-Rope Anchors
Learn here about your top-rope chain of safety; the parts of the chain of safety; and the serious business of top-rope anchors.

About Your Climbing Harness -- Essential Personal Climbing Equipment
A climbing harness is a key piece of your personal climbing equipment. Your harness, with a waist belt and leg loops constructed of sewn webbing, connects you to your climbing rope with a knot. Learn here about the evolution and types of harnesses.

Royal Robbins Quote -- Climbing Quote from Royal Robbins
Royal Robbins, one of America's pioneering big wall climbers in the late 1950s and 1960s, offers a great quote about his first ascent of the West Face of El Capitan in Yosemite.

ATC -- Definition of a Climbing Equipment Word
Definition of ATC, a climbing equipment word for a belay device.

Belay Device -- Climbing Equipment
Definition of Belay Device, a climbing equipment word for hardware used for belaying and rappelling.

Autoblock Knot -- Safety Back-Up Knot for Rappelling
The autoblock knot is an important climbing knot used as a safety back-up on a rappel rope.

Equalizing Figure-8 Knot -- A Great Knot for Tying Into Anchors
The Equalizing Figure-8 Knot is an ideal knot to know for tying a climbing rope into anchors.

How to Tie and Untie Climbing Knots -- Properly Tied Knots Are Stronger
How to tie and untie knots used in rock climbing and mountaineering.

Learn How to Climb
So you want to learn to climb? Here's how to start climbing at your local indoor gym. Learn what essential gear you need; how to tie into the rope; the basics of belaying and lowering; and the joy of movement of vertical terrain.

Gearing Up
Gearing up to go climbing for the first time in an indoor climbing gym. Page 2.

Learning How to Belay
Belaying is one of the most important climbing skills. Here you learn the basics about belaying and using belay devices. Page 3.

Tying into the Rope
How to tie into a climbing rope and why the Figure-Eight Follow-Through is the best knot for tying in. Page 4.

Climbing and Lowering
How to climb an indoor wall in a climbing gym and then learn to lower back to the ground. Page 5.

Dihedral
Definition of Dihedral, a climbing word for a vertical right-angled corner on a cliff.

Ready to Go Climbing - What to Know to Go Rock Climbing
You're ready to go rock climbing. Here's what you need to know to start climbing at your local indoor climbing gym.

Mount Everest Timeline — 1848 Until World War II
Follow this Mount Everest historical timeline from its discovery in 1848 and early explorations through the first British expeditions that attempted to climb the mountain before World War II.

Manaslu — 8th Highest Mountain in the World
Facts About Manaslu, the Eighth Highest Mountain in the World

All About Bouldering -- Defining the Art of Bouldering
Bouldering, the discipline of rock climbing on small cliffs and boulders, celebrates the joy of movement over stone. Bouldering is all about movement, of climbing with purity and simplicity and without a rope and protective gear. Bouldering is simply you and the rock. Learn all about bouldering here.

Crampon Attachment Systems — All About Crampons
Climbers use three basic systems to attach crampons to boots--step-in, strap-on, and hybrid. Learn all about each attachment system, what kind of boots work with each system, and the advantages and disadvantages of each crampon attachment system.

How to Clean Climbing Slings — Taking Care of Slings and Webbing
Climbing slings are important parts of your safety system. You need to keep them clean to keep them safe and to ensure their long life. Learn here how to clean your climbing slings.

Yvon Chouinard Quote -- Climbing Quote from Yvon Chouinard
Here's a quote from Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, about the transcendental experience of climbing the first ascent of the Muir Wall in 1965.

Daniel Duane Quote -- Climbing Quote from Daniel Duane
Check out this quote about climbing El Capitan in Yosemite Valley by novelist and writer Daniel Duane.

Giusto Gervasutti Quote -- Climbing Quote from Giusto Gervasutti
Read this great quote about why we climb from famed Italian climber and mountaineer Giusto Gervasutti, who was simply one of the best alpinists in the 1930s and 1940s.

Joe Simpson Climbing Quote -- Climbing Quote from Joe Simpson
Check out this climbing quote from famed British mountaineer Joe Simpson's book This Game of Ghosts.

Jon Krakauer Quote -- Climbing Quote from Jon Krakauer
Here's a quote from writer and climber Jon Krakauer, author of

Mark Twight Climbing Quote -- Climbing Quote from Mark Twight
Here's a quote about extreme alpinism by the 1980s master mountaineer Mark Twight, one of the best American alpinists.

Ed Webster Quote -- Climbing Quote from Ed Webster
Ed Webster, one of the America's great mountaineers, just about died after making the first ascent of Mt. Everest's Kangshung Face. Here he relates what it's like climbing at high altitudes without extra oxygen.

Medieval Chamber -- A Climbing and Canyon Adventure Near Moab
Explore the Medieval Chamber, a fabulous canyoneering adventure with a couple big rappels, some scrambling, and great hiking through a sandstone canyon in the red rock country east of Moab, Utah.

Medieval Chamber -- A Climbing and Canyon Adventure Near Moab
Explore the Medieval Chamber, a fabulous canyoneering adventure with a couple big rappels, some scrambling, and great hiking through a sandstone canyon in the red rock country east of Moab, Utah. Page 2.

Medieval Chamber -- A Climbing and Canyon Adventure Near Moab
Explore the Medieval Chamber, a fabulous canyoneering adventure with a couple big rappels, some scrambling, and great hiking through a sandstone canyon in the red rock country east of Moab, Utah. Page 3.

Medieval Chamber -- A Climbing and Canyon Adventure Near Moab
Explore the Medieval Chamber, a fabulous canyoneering adventure with a couple big rappels, some scrambling, and great hiking through a sandstone canyon in the red rock country east of Moab, Utah. Page 4.

Medieval Chamber -- A Climbing and Canyon Adventure Near Moab
Explore the Medieval Chamber, a fabulous canyoneering adventure with a couple big rappels, some scrambling, and great hiking through a sandstone canyon in the red rock country east of Moab, Utah. Page 5.

Medieval Chamber -- A Climbing and Canyon Adventure Near Moab
Explore the Medieval Chamber, a fabulous canyoneering adventure with a couple big rappels, some scrambling, and great hiking through a sandstone canyon in the red rock country east of Moab, Utah. Page 6.

Hueco Tanks Rock Climbing — Climbing Guide to the Front Side Routes
Hueco Tanks, the best climbing area in Texas, offers lots of great rock climbing and bouldering. Here's a guide to the best climbing routes on The Front Side.

Review of Trango B52 Belay and Rappel Device
A complete Guide Review of a Trango B52 belay and rappel device used for rock, ice, and sport climbing.

Step 1: How to Tie a Klemheist Knot
Learn how to tie a Klemheist knot, an important knot used in climbing for ascending ropes and in emergency situations. Page 2.

Step 2: How to Tie a Klemheist Knot
Learn how to tie a Klemheist knot, an important knot used in climbing for ascending ropes and in emergency situations. Page 3.

How to Use a Klemheist Knot
Learn how to tie a Klemheist knot, an important knot used in climbing for ascending ropes and in emergency situations. Page 4.

Matt McCormick drytooling over a roof on Green Room at Frankenstein Cliff, New Hampshire.
Photo of Matt McCormick drytooling over a roof on Green Room at Frankenstein Cliff, New Hampshire. Page 8.

Gregory Bell ice climbing on Chia Direct at Frankenstein Cliff, New Hampshire.
Photo of Gregory Bell ice climbing on Chia Direct at Frankenstein Cliff, New Hampshire. Page 2.

Jim Ewing climbs on mixed ice and rock terrain up Machine Shop at Lake Willoughby, Vermont.
Photograph of Jim Ewing climbing mixed ice and rock terrain on Machine Shop at Lake Willoughby, Vermont. Page 4.

Abby Watkins ice climbs up Le Tube at Pont Rouge, Quebec.
Photo of Abby Watkins ice climbing up Le Tube at Pont Rouge, Quebec. Page 6.

An ice climber solos steep ice on Chia Direct at Frankenstein Cliff, New Hampshire.
Photo of an ice climber soloing steep ice on Chia Direct at Frankenstein Cliff, New Hampshire. Page 10.

Ain't all just Kid's Stuff
Photo of rock climbers bouldering at Kid's Stuff area on North Mountain, Hueco Tanks State Historic Park, Texas. Page 4.

"Perspective on a Thin Crack" drawing by Steve Wood


Having Lunch Rock Direct
Photo of Dennis Jackson climbing Lunch Rock Direct on The Front Side, Hueco Tanks State Historic Park, Texas. Page 5.

Martha hikes into the setting sun.
Photo of Martha Morris hiking past the Front Side after climbing at Hueco Tanks State Historic Park, Texas. Page 9.

"Cochise Stronghold" drawing by Steve Wood


"Desert Cracks" drawing by Steve Wood


Greek climbers climbing up Batman on the cliff at Varasova, Greece.
Photo of Greek climbers on the route Batman on the cliff at Varasova, Greece. Page 11.

The main cliff at Varasova, one of the main rock climbing areas in Greece.
Photo of the main cliff at Varasova, one of the main rock climbing areas in Greece. Page 10.

Javier Manrique climbs Melanoma on the Sunny Side Wall at The Tunnel near Alamogordo, New Mexico.
Photograph of Javier Manrique climbing Melenoma on the Sunny Side Wall at The Tunnel near Alamogordo, New Mexico. Page 3.

Paul Drakos rock climbing at El Portrillo Cliffs in the Rio Grande Gorge near Los Alamos, New Mexico.
Photograph of Paul Drakos rock climbing at El Portrillo in the Rio Grande Gorge near Los Alamos, New Mexico. Page 5.

A rock climber climbing on Pirate's Wall at El Rito in New Mexico.
Photograph of a woman rock climber climbing on Pirate's Wall at El Rito in New Mexico. Page 4.

Ian Spencer Green climbing an arete at the White Rock cliffs near Los Alamos, New Mexico.
Photograph of Ian Spencer Green climbing an arete at the White Rock cliffs near Los Alamos, New Mexico. Page 9.

A rock climber on Odyssey cliff on the island of Kalymnos, Greece.
Photo of a rock climber on Odyssey cliff on the island of Kalymnos, Greece. Page 7.

Climbers on Sudwestkante up the southwest ridge of Heiliggeistwachter at Meteora, Greece.
Photo of Climbers on Sudwestkante up the southwest ridge of Heiliggeistwachter at Meteora, Greece. Page 4.

Cristos Batalogianis climbing at Nixenherz cliff below Rousanou Monastery at Meteora, Greece.
Cristos Batalogianis climbing at Nixenherz cliff below Rousanou Monastery at Meteora, Greece. Page 2.

Cristos Batalogianis climbing Ostkante on Doupiani Rock at Meteora in Greece.
Photo of Cristos Batalogianis climbing Ostkante on Doupiani Rock at Meteora in Greece. Page 3.

Matt Robertson bouldering at Apprentice Rock.
Photograph of Matt Robertson climbing

A Chinese climber on Inconceivable.
Photograph of a Chinese rock climber ascending a sandstone cliff at Long Dong, Taiwan, Asia. Page 8.

The dawn's early light reddens Long Dong's cliffs.
Photograph of morning light onthe cliffs at Long Dong, one of Taiwan's best rock climbing areas, Asia. Page 9.

Peihua Wu swings up a Cathouse classic at Long Dong.
Photograph of Peihua Wu climbing a steep sandstone cliff at Long Dong, Taiwan, Asia. Page 3.

Buck Norden celebrates the sunset and the first free ascent of the North Face of Castleton Tower near Moab, Utah.
Photograph of Buck Norden celebrating the sunset and the first free ascent of the North Face of Castleton Tower near Moab, Utah. Page 9.