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Definition of a Climbing Word



Falling! Deb lets go from a Cactus Cliff route at Shelf Road.

Stewart M. Green


Exactly what it means—when a climber plunges off a route and is caught by the safety rope. Some falls, like ground falls when the climber hits the ground, can result in serious injury or death, but most are short and uneventful. Sport climbers put a lot of air time in when they work on very difficult routes to figure out the moves. Crater, Whipper, and screamer are all climber slang words for falls.

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