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Crack Climbing

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. Now, let's get jamming!

Learn to Crack Climb: The Art of Jamming Cracks
Crack climbing is the 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 how to learn how to jam cracks.

Cracks Form Natural Routes: How to Climb Cracks
Cracks form natural weaknesses in rock faces that rock climbers ascend by jamming or wedging their hands, fingers, and bodies in the cracks. Learn about all the different sizes of cracks, how the difficulty ratings of crack climbs are body-size dependent, and how crack climbs are rated.

Practice Jamming to Climb Cracks: Learn How to Crack Climb
Crack climbing, also called jamming, is a learned climbing technique. The best way to learn how to jam cracks is to practice jamming at your local cliff. Read more about how to learn how to crack climb by practicing jam cracks and finding a crack mentor to help you jam better and higher.

All About Finger Cracks -- Learn How to Crack Climb
Finger cracks, rock fissures that are the width of your fingers, are encountered on most climbing routes. Learn what a finger crack is, how to find a fingerlock, and why good footwork is important for success when jamming finger cracks.

Learn How to Hand Jam: Climb Hand Cracks
Learn how to climb hand cracks (cracks the width of your hand) by using hand jams and good footwork. Hand cracks are the best cracks to learn how to crack climb since they offer tbe easiest and most secure jams.

6 Off-Width Crack Climbing Tips
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.

All About Climbing Chimneys
Learn all about chimneys and how to climb them. Chimneys are simply cracks that are wide enough for you to fit your body inside. Learn what kind of chimneys you will find on cliffs and the best way to climb chimneys.

Use Foot Jams for Solid Crack Climbing
Use your feet well when you're jamming cracks and you will feel more solid and secure and get less pumped. Learn how to make basic foot jams; how to torque you knee to lock in; which rock shoes to wear crack climbing; and tips for better foot jams.

Finger Crack: Definition of a Climbing Word
What is a finger crack? Learn about finger cracks and finger jams.

Fist Crack: What is a Fist Crack:
Learn about fist cracks and fist jamming.

Chimney: What is a Chimney?
What is a chimney? It's a wide crack that is big enough to fit your body inside of it. Learn more about different-sized chimneys.

10 Tips to Place Cams
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 you place them 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...

Your Personal Trad Climbing Gear
Here's all the personal equipment that you need to go trad climbing with a buddy, including rock shoes, climbing harness, belay device, locking carabiners, personal anchor system, and a climbing helmet. Also shop and buy all the guide-recommended climbing gear you need.

Your Basic Trad Gear Rack
What do you need to buy to build a basic rack of equipment for traditional climbing? Here are my suggestions for starting to build your trad rack, including cams, nuts, slings, and carabiners.

Racking Gear for Trad Routes
Once you've decided what climbing equipment you're going to carry on a route, you need to organize it so that the gear is easy to reach and in a systematic order. Learn here how to properly rack climbing gear on a gear sling for trad climbing.

Rack Cams & Carabiners to Save Weight
How you rack your cams on your gear sling depends on the type of route you're climbing. Learn here if you should rack cams on their own carabiners or double them up and how to save weight on big racks of cams by using ultralight carabiners. Go light or go on a diet!

How to Remove Stuck Camming Devices
Spring-loaded camming devices or cams are expensive pieces of climbing gear that can get stuck in cracks on routes. Learn tips and tricks and how 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.

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.

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