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Free Climbing

Definition of a Climbing Word

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Free Climbing

Ian Spencer-Green free climbing on the Anarchy Wall at Clear Creek Canyon, Colorado.

Photo © Stewart M. Green

Free Climbing

Free climbing is when a climber ascends a rock face using only his hands and feet, as opposed to aid climbing where he places gear and either grabs it or stands in aiders to make upward progress. When free climbing, climbers use ropes and equipment to protect themselves only and don’t rely on it except for safety. Free climbing is perhaps the highest and most aesthetic expression of the climbing game since it requires strength, ingenuity, skill, and experience to be successful on the most difficult routes.

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