Traditional Climbing is Adventure Climbing
Traditional or trad climbing is all about adventure. Trad climbing is starting at the base of a cliff and climbing to the top, placing your own equipment for protection, creating belay anchors, finding the best route, and having a great adventure. Learn more about traditional climbing skills and how it differs from sport climbing
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 Equipment on Harness Gear Loops
It's easier to rack your climbing equipment, including cams, nuts, and quickdraws, on the gear loops on your harness rather than on a gear sling carried over your shoulder. Learn here why it's easier much of the time to rack gear loops and how to efficiently rack your cams and nuts so you can quickly grab the right piece when lead 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!
All About Spring-Loaded Camming Devices
Spring-loaded camming devices (SLCDs) are essential pieces of climbing equipment for your rock adventures. Cams are placed in cracks for protection while you're leading or for belay anchors. Find out more about cams, what they are, how they work, why they're easy to place, and which ones you should buy.
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...
Big Wall Climbing and Training Tips
You want to climb a big wall in Yosemite or Zion? Here's everything you need to know to prepare yourself for the hardest but best climb of your climbing career, including how to get in shape, improve your aid and crack climbing skills, learn to create anchors and haul the pig, how to ascend ropes and clean pitches, and how to prepare yourself...
Six Rock Scrambling Skills
If you climb mountains then you have to learn basic rock climbing moves when you're scrambling over exposed rocky sections without a rope. Use six basic climbing skills to improve your scrambling and to stay safe in the mountains.
All About Rappelling
Rappelling is a climbing technique that allows you to do a controlled descent down a rope from a cliff or mountain. Learn here all about rappelling and the essential climbing skills you need to learn to safely rappel.
Learn to Crack Climb
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.
Drink Liquids for Climbing Performance
It's important to stay properly hydrated when you're rock climbing, especially when it's hot outside. Learn how much you need to drink to stay hydrated and how to determine how much water to bring for a day of rock climbing.
Learn How to Hand Jam
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.
All About Nuts, Chocks, Wired Nuts, and Micro Nuts
Nuts, also called wired nuts, chocks, artificial chockstones, and micro nuts, are essential pieces of climbing equipment. Nuts are simply small pieces of metal that are wedged and slotted into cracks. A climber then attaches a rope or a knot to the nut with a carabiner, creating a solid and secure anchor. Find out all about nuts, what they are,...
Cracks Form Natural Climbing Routes
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.
6 Tips for Better Climbing Footwork
How you move and place your feet and rock shoes while you're climbing is important to your climbing success. Efficiently foot placement, including watching you foot, placing your foot softly and quietly, and taking small steps is paramount to climbing well. Learn 6 tips about climbing footwork and you'll be climbing harder and higher.
Aid Climbing Ratings
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.
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.
10 Tips to Place Better Nuts
Nuts, pieces of metal wedged into cracks, are an essential piece of climbing gear that protect you while leading a route or creating belay anchors. While nuts are easy to place, you need to learn to find the right crack, evaluate the placement, and set the nut by jerking it. Learn how to place great nuts by following these 10 important nut tips.
5 Ways to Die Climbing
Climbing is a dangerous activity. The good news, however, is that most climbing accidents and deaths are preventable since they are caused by human errors. Learn about the 5 ways that most climbers die--lead climbing falls, loose rock and rockfall, solo climbing without a rope, rappelling, and in bad weather and lightning--and how to prevent becoming a climbing statistic by following basic safety tips and using good judgment.