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Plan a National Park Climbing Adventure

Eric Morin belays Martha Morris at Otter Cliff in Acadia National Park, Maine.

Summer is here and it's time for a climbing road trip! How about heading out and climbing at one of our great national parks. Check out these superb climbing destinations and make a plan to get out on the cliffs and mountains in the next three months. See you out there!

Climbing Spotlight10

French Free Climbing Uses Basic Aid Climbing Skills

French free climbing is simply pulling on gear like bolts, cams, and nuts to get up a difficult crux section on rock climbing route. Learn about French free climbing and how to use those basic aid climbing skills to get up bigger routes.

All About Quickdraws: Essential 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.

Loose Rock Tip 8: Don’t Place Protection Behind Flakes or Blocks

Never place climbing protection including nuts and cams behind loose flakes and blocks since they may lever out, causing your pro to fail, and injure you, your belayer, or cut your rope.

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.

“Tension," “Tight rope,” and "Take" — Climbing Commands for a Tight Rope

If a climber wants to be held tight with the rope by his belayer, he uses one of three climbing voice commands: Tension, Tight Rope, and Take. Learn when to use each command and why a climber needs to be held in place on the rock.

Follow Dog Etiquette to Avoid Confrontation at Climbing Cliffs

Lots of dog owners like to take their dogs to the cliffs when they go rock climbing. Follow these basic rules of dog etiquette to avoid confrontations and problems with other climbers, dogs, as well as wildlife. Be a responsible dog owner.

What to Bring on a Long Climbing Route

Before you climb a big route in a day, you need to figure out how much climbing equipment to bring and how you are going to carry it. Learn how to put together your rack, extra clothing, water and food, as well as essential extras.

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.

What Climbing Gear Do You Need for a Long Route?

It's a fine line between deciding what gear to bring and what to leave at home when you're climbing a long route or big wall. Carry too little and you'll suffer. Carry too much and you'll slow down. Learn why you need to carry plenty of gear and how to decide what to bring.

Communicate Before Lowering a Climber

Lowering a climber down from the bolt anchors on a sport climbing route is one of the most important and dangerous tasks that a belayer does while climbing. Learn how to clearly communicate with the climber so that both of you are safe during a lower off.

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