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Climbing is a skill-based activity. Learn essential rock climbing skills and techniques by reading all these articles so that you can climb faster, safer, and have more fun. Learn climbing skills including how to belay and rappel; how to create equalized anchors for belays and protection; how to lead climb and top-rope; how to face climb and jam cracks; how to speed climb and move faster; how to communicate while climbing; and how to improve your movement techniques. Climbers from beginner to expert will find lots of tips, advice, and ideas to climb better. Now let's go climbing!
  1. Face Climbing: The Essence of Climbing Movement
  2. Crack Climbing: The Art of Jamming Cracks
  3. How to Belay: An Essential Climbing Skill
  4. How to Rappel: Learn to Descend from Cliffs
  5. Climbing Anchors: Tie Yourself onto the Cliff
  1. Top-Rope Climbing: Safest Way to Go Climbing
  2. Sport Climbing: Push Your Limits Safely
  3. Climbing Commands: Learn Climbing Language
  4. Speed Climbing: Climb Fast and Climb More

Face Climbing: The Essence of Climbing Movement

Mia Axon face climbing on Dinosaur Mountain near Boulder, Colorado.

Face climbing is moving up a cliff face using your hands and feet on the rock. Learn all about face climbing, how to move over rock, how to use your hands and feet effectively, and how to have more fun through efficient climbing techniques.

Crack Climbing: The Art of Jamming Cracks

Ed Webster jams the famous Supercrack at Indian Creek in Utah.

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!

How to Belay: An Essential Climbing Skill

Bill Springer belays at Vedauwoo in southern Wyoming.

Belaying is an essential climbing skill that you need to know to become a competent and safe climber. Every time you go climbing, both your partner and yourself rely on each other to give a safe and secure belay to mitigate the effects of falling. Learn how to belay, what a belayer does, about belaying safety, belay anchors, and belay devices. On Belay!

How to Rappel: Learn to Descend from Cliffs

Dennis Jump rappels off

Rappelling is a technique that allows you to do a controlled descent by sliding down a rope on a cliff face. Rappelling is an essential climbing skill that every climber needs to know how to do safely and efficiently. Learn all about rappelling and the important climbing skills you need to know to rappel safely.

Climbing Anchors: Tie Yourself onto the Cliff

Brian and Bana at a natural anchor high on

An anchor is a place that secures a climber to a cliff face with a piece of gear like a cam or nut, a bolt or fixed piton, or a natural point like a tree or rock spike. Anchors are essential for safe climbing, belay stations, and rappels. Learn here about different kinds of climbing anchors; gear for anchors; how to choose anchor placements; and how to construct safe and secure anchors.

Top-Rope Climbing: Safest Way to Go Climbing

Sheila top-ropes a slab route at Quincy Quarries near Boston, Massachusetts.

Top-rope climbing is a great way to get out climbing since it's safe and the rope is always above the climber so any fall is usually small. Learn all the skills you need to know to go top-roping, including what climbing equipment you need, how to make safe top-rope anchors, and how to belay top-rope routes.

Sport Climbing: Push Your Limits Safely

Ian Spencer-Green cranking

Sport climbing is a safe and convenient way to go rock climbing. Find out here about sport climbing; what equipment you need; and about all the climbing and technical skills you need to know to have safe and enjoyable climbing days.

Climbing Commands: Learn Climbing Language

Ian Spencer-Green communicates with the rock at Sugarite State Park in New Mexico.

Climbing voice commands are basic verbal commands that climbers use to communicate with each other when they're climbing. Learn why climbers use voice commands and what the basic voice commands are. Climb on!

Speed Climbing: Climb Fast and Climb More

Lisa Ann Horst climbs the

Speed climbing makes you a better climber. You improve your technique and climb more efficiently. Your rope management skills improve. You get stronger and have more endurance. You learn to evaluate gear and create anchors faster. And you do more climbing in every day. Learn here about learning to climb fast with lots of speed climbing tips.

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