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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 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.

How to Use Climbing Footholds and Handholds

You need to learn how to use handholds and footholds when you're climbing without readjusting or trying to find the sweet spot on the hold. The proper selection and use of holds lets you climb faster, more efficiently, and more securely. Learn how to use holds and climb better and higher.

Simul-Rappelling Makes for a Speedy Descent

Simul-rappelling is when two climbers rappel down separate strands of the same rope at the same time to save time on their descent. Simul-rappelling is, however, dangerous and only experienced climbers should simul-rappel. Learn about simul-rappelling and how to avoid safety issues.

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.

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