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Trad Climbing is Adventure Climbing

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

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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.

Downclimbing: How to Evaluate Mountain Terrain

Descending a mountain face or ridge by downclimbing is an important alpine climbing skill that every competent mountaineer must master. Learn how to evaluate a descent route on a mountain before you commit to downclimbing and rappelling it.

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?

Climbing FAQs: 5 Frequently Asked Questions About Rock Climbing Part I

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.

The Different Styles of Climbing Ascents

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

Learn How to Lead on Sport Climbs

It's best for novice climbers to learn how to lead by climbing sport routes which are protected with preplaced permanent bolts. Learn what climbing skills you need to lead sport routes, how to pick the first routes to lead, and what equipment to bring to learn how to lead climb on a cliff.

Climbing Multipitch Routes is Big Adventure

Climbing multipitch routes is one of the exhilarating joys of rock climbing. A team of two climbers swings leads up a long route, reaching the top after a day of climbing. Learn about how to climb multipitch routes and the pitch-by-pitch process used by experienced climbers to save time.

How to Tie a Clove Hitch for Climbing

The clove hitch is a simple and easy-to-tie hitch knot that is one of the six essential climbing knots that every rock climber and mountaineer needs to know. Learn about the clove hitch and how to tie one in 5 simple steps.

Belayers Need to be Anchored below Climbing Routes

A climbing rule is that a belayer should almost always be anchored at the base of a cliff so that he can maintain control of the rope if the lead climber falls and when he is lowering the climber down. Learn about the four times when the belayer should always be anchored and how to give a safe sport climbing belay.

10 Climbing Life Quotes from Royal Robbins

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.

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