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What Climbers Should Know About Japan's Mount...
Learn interesting facts about Mount Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan and one of the world's most beautiful and famous mountains, and how to climb Fuji-san.
10 Reasons to be Thankful You are a Climber
Climbing is a rare sport that teaches you many lessons about life and living. Climbing helps you decide what is important and transcends everyday life. Here are 10 reasons and lessons that climbing teaches you to be a better person and live life as a great adventure.
Facts, Figures and Trivia About the World's...
Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, stretches along the border of Nepal and Tibet/China in southern Asia. Find out lots of interesting facts about Mount Everest, including its first ascent, the usual climbing routes, and strange feats on the roof of the world.
Fast Facts About K2: The Second Highest...
Learn interesting facts about K2, the second highest mountain in the world, including how it got its unique name, when it was first climbed, and why it is one of the most dangerous high peaks in the world.
Why is the Matterhorn Switzerland's Most Famous...
Learn all about about the Matterhorn and climbing the Matterhorn, Switzerland's most famous mountain and a symbol of the European Alps.
Facts about the Highest Mountain in Africa
Learn cool facts and lots of information about Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, one of the Seven Summits, and one of the most popular high mountains in the world for climbers.
How Climbers Do Die on Mount Everest?
Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, is also one of the most dangerous peaks to climb. One in ten climbers who successfully summit Mount Everest end up dying on the mountain. How do they die? There are several ways climbers die on Everest. Read here about traumatic and non-traumatic deaths on the roof of the world.
How to Rappel: 6 Essential Skills for Climbers
Rappelling is a skill-based climbing activity for descending down cliffs and mountains. Learn the six essential climbing skills that you need to know to rappel safely and efficiently when you are rock climbing.
The 4 Types of Climbing Chalk - Which Is Best...
Climbers use chalk to dry sweaty hands and to enhance their grip on handholds. Find out here about the four types of climbing chalk that you can buy and use on the rock.
How to Climb Mountains: Defining the Sport of...
Learn about mountaineering or the sport of climbing mountains, one of the finest opportunities for the lover of high places. Mountain climbing is about challenge and perseverance, about putting hands and feet onto rock and ice and snow and finally reaching a summit.
Facts for Climbers About the Highest Mountain...
Mount Rainier, the highest mountain in Washington, is the fourth highest mountain in the United States. Learn lots of interesting facts about Mount Rainier and how to climb it.
Who are the 5 Greatest Mount Everest Climbers?
George Mallory, a member of three British expeditions to Mount Everest in the early 1920s, died on the mountain's Northeast Ridge on June 8, 1924, leaving behind the enduring mystery: Did Mallory and his partner Sandy Irvine reach the summit of Mount Everest 29 years before Hillary and Tenzing?
7 Pieces of Rappelling Equipment All Climbers...
Here is a list of all the essential equipment that you need to rappel off your newest route, including climbing ropes, rappel device, anchor material like cams and nuts, slings and webbing, climbing harness, belay and rappel gloves, and a personal anchor tether.
Nine Basic Types of Climbing Handholds
How you use handholds on a cliff is essential to your climbing success. We use our hands to grab various rock features, which allow us to pull ourselves upward with our arms and to stay in balance on vertical terrain. Learn here about the nine different types of handholds that you will encounter on cliffs and how to use each type of handhold with specific hand movements and techniques.
7 Summits: the Highest Peaks on Each Continent
The Seven Summits, a well-known mountaineering objective, are the highest peaks on each of the seven continents. Learn here about these seven mountains and climbing them.
What Climbers Should Know About South America's...
Learn interesting climbing and geographic facts about Aconcagua, the highest mountain in South America and one of the Seven Summits.
A Climber's Guide to California's Mount Shasta
Mount Shasta towers majestically above northern California. This massive stratovolcano, one of California's Fourteeners, has a long colorful history and is a popular mountain for climbers. Find out lots of interesting facts and Mount Shasta's geology, volcanism, history, ascents, and how to climb it.
What Climbers Should Know About Australia's...
Fast facts about Mount Kosciuszko, the highest mountain in Australia and one of the Seven Summits.
How to Tie and Use a Prusik Knot
Learn how to tie a Prusik knot, an important knot used in climbing for ascending ropes and in emergency situations.
Learning the Proper Technique for the Basic...
Belaying is one of the most important climbing skills you need to learn to be a safe and competent rock climber. Learn and practice all the basics about belaying and how to use a belay device at your local indoor climbing gym.
Mount Everest: Understanding the Geology of the...
Fossils deposited in a deep sea 400 million years ago are now found on top of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. How did marine fossils find their way to 29,000 feet? The answer is found in Mount Everest's unique geology. Learn all about the geology of Mount Everest and the Himalayan mountains and why they are still rising.
How Much Will It Cost You to Climb the 7 Summits?
How much does it cost to climb The Seven Summits, the seven highest mountains on the seven continents? You know it will cost a lot of money, find out here how much it costs to climb all seven mountains.
13 Facts For Climbers About Russia's Highest...
Learn all about Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe, one of the Seven Summits, and one of the most popular but deadliest high mountains in the world for climbers.
What is the Best Glove System for Winter...
When you're ice climbing or climbing high mountains, your hands will get cold. What's the best glove system to keep your hands warm and free from frostbite? Learn from mountaineer Susan Joy Paul how to create a glove system for winter climbing.
The 4 Best Knots to Tie Rappel Ropes Together
If you're out climbing and need to rappel off the cliff, here are the four best knots to tie your climbing ropes together.
How to Tie and Use an Autoblock Knot for Climbing
Learn how to tie and use an autoblock knot, an essential safety knot used in climbing and rappelling.
Mount Whitney: The Facts on California's...
Check out lots of interesting facts and statistics about Mount Whitney, the highest mountain in California and the highest in the lower 48 states.
Use Climbing Holds with a Full Crimp Grip
The full crimp grip is one of 6 hand and finger positions used in rock climbing. Learn all about the full crimp, how to do it, and how to avoid crimping injuries.
What Climbers Need to Know About the Highest...
Learn all about Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in western Europe and the Alps, and a popular mountain for climbers.
10 Tips for Safe Rock Climbing
Climbing is dangerous. Learn the basic rules of climbing safety to stay safe on the rocks and avoid accidents. Follow these ten tips for climbing safety for a safe climbing adventure.
Adventure on Kangchenjunga: Climbing to the...
Kangchenjunga is the highest mountain in India and second highest in Nepal and is the easternmost 8,000-meter peak.
Four Strange Mount Everest Stories
Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, is also one of its most storied with many tales of adventure, bravery, strength, daring, and death. Here are four strange yet odd stories about Mount Everest, including an unknown Soviet attempt, a profile of Sandy Irvine, a bizarre solo attempt by a cross-dresser, and the answer to the question: Who was first on Everest's summit?
Annapurna: 10th Highest Mountain in the World
Facts About Annapurna, the Tenth Highest Mountain in the World, and one of the world's 14 8,000-meter peaks, including its location and first ascent information.
How to Climb Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan, is climbed every year by almost 400,000 people. Find out how to climb Mount Fuji; the best seasons to climb Fuji-san; how to avoid crowds on Mount Fuji; accidents and fatalities on Mount Fuji; and what the ascent is like.
How to Master Top-Rope Climbing Basics
Top-rope climbing is the best way for beginners to get out on the rocks. Check here for the skills you need to know and what equipment you need to buy.
6 Tips to Improve Your Climbing Movement Skills
Use these six climbing movement tips to improve your performance on the rocks. Learn about properly using your feet, legs, and hands; how to make basic climbing strategies; and how to be one with the rock. Read them, practice them, and get climbing.
4 Friction Knots All Climbers Need to Know
Every climber needs to know these 4 friction knots--Prusik knot, Klemheist knot, Bachmann knot, and Autoblock knot--to climb a rope in an emergency or to escape a belay during a self-rescue.
Basic Footwork for Novice Climbers
Footwork is the most difficult aspect of rock climbing for beginners to master. Most novice climbers want to pull with their arms, rather than push with their legs. Follow these suggestions and tips to learn how to use your feet better when you climb, how to identify and use different kinds of footholds, and how to practice footwork to climb better.
5 Safety Tips to Set Up Top-Rope Climbing Anchors
The most dangerous part of top-rope climbing is setting up anchors at the top of a cliff. Every year a few climbers fall off cliff-tops because they aren't tied into their rope before they set anchors on the edge. Learn important safety tips for setting top-rope anchors and what you should not do.
How Much Does it Cost to Climb Kilimanjaro?
How much will it cost you to climb Kilimanjaro? Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and one of the Seven Summits, is expensive to climb. Learn about the essential costs, including airfare, outfitter fees, tips, and extra costs, and make a budget to have the adventure of a lifetime by climbing Kili.
What Are the 14 Highest Mountains in the World?
The world’s 14 highest mountains are an exclusive club of peaks whose summits tower more than 8,000 meters (26,247 feet) above sea level.The Eight Thousanders all lie in the Himalayan and Karakoram ranges in central Asia.
6 Basic Finger Grips - How to Use Climbing...
You need to learn to effectively use your hands and fingers to become a successful rock climber. Learn about using handholds effectively and the six basic finger grips for rock climbing.
Keep Your Hands Warm
If you're ice climbing or mountaineering in the winter, it's easy to get cold hands and even frostbite. It's important to keep your hands warm. Find out more in this article by Susan Joy Paul about how to keep your hands toasty and protect your digits from frostbite.
Use Climbing Chalk for Sweaty Palms
Climbers use chalk or magnesium carbonate as a drying agent on their hands and fingers to decrease moisture, reduce slippage, and increase performance. What is climbing chalk and how does it work? Does it actually help you climb harder? Find out about climbing chalk and the answers to these questions.
Climb Mount Kenya, Africa's Second Highest Peak
Learn all about Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa and the highest mountain in Kenya. Mount Kenya is popular with rock climbers and mountaineers since it offers a greater challenge than Kilimanjaro.
Statistics for Climbing Accidents, Injuries,...
A study of rock climbing accidents, injuries, rescues, and fatalities over a 14-year period from 1998 to 2011 details the causes of climbing incidents in the Boulder, Colorado area, including Eldorado Canyon, one of the most popular climbing areas in the United States.
Climbing Mt. Washington, the highest mountain...
Learn lots of interesting facts and data about Mount Washington, the highest mountain in New Hampshire and New England.
Facts About Shiprock — Sacred Navajo Peak...
Shiprock, a towering rock mountain in northwestern New Mexico, is sacred to the Navajo Indians. Shiprock figures prominently in many Navajo legends and myths. Find out about Shiprock's geology, climbing history, and Navajo mythology.
How Safe is Climbing? Results will Surprise You
How safe is climbing? A recent study of data from emergency rooms across the United States says climbing is pretty safe. Read here about the surprising findings.
7 Firsts for the Second Highest Mountain in the...
K2, the world's second highest mountain, is one of its most difficult and dangerous to climb. Here is a list of all the firsts on K2, including the first attempt, the first ascent, first Americans to climb it, first woman ascent, first ski descent, and first death.
6 Crucial Knots All Climbers Need to Know
Know these 6 important knots to go rock climbing safely--Figure-8 Follow-Through Knot, Clove Hitch, Figure-8-on-a-Bight, Double Fisherman's Knot, Prusik Knot, and Munter Hitch.
What Kind of Equipment Do You Need for Caving?
If you're going caving, it's important to have the right equipment. Here are all the essential caving equipment that you'll need, including helmet, headlamp, and oversuit.
K2: The Abruzzi Spur Route Description
K2, the second highest mountain in the world, is usually climbed by the Abruzzi Spur route up the Southeast Ridge. Read a description of the route and make your own plans to climb to the summit of K2.
4 Ways to Descend Cliffs and Mountains: Walk...
Once you climb to the top of a mountain or cliff, you need to get back down safely and efficiently. Climbers descend off cliffs and mountains in four different ways--hiking down, downclimbing, rappelling, and lowering. Learn more about the four types of descents and how to evaluate terrain for the proper descent.
What Equipment is Essential for Sport Climbing
Here's all the basic equipment you need to go sport climbing, including a rope, quickdraws, locking carabiners, and personal gear.
3 Types of Rock for Climbing: Granite,...
Climbers become intimate with different types of rock, discovering that the characteristics of different rocks creates different climbing experiences. Three of the main rocks for climbing--granite, sandstone, and limestone--are some of the best and most common rock mediums for climbers to practice their vertical sport. Find out more about these 3 rock types, how they were formed; the characteristics that allow climbers to ascend them; and their main exposures at American climbing areas.
Chalk Bags are Essential Climbing Equipment
Chalk bags are simply small fabric sacks that are filled with climbing chalk and carried on a belt around a climber's waist. Learn more about chalk bags, their different sizes and shapes, how to buy a chalk bag, and how to carry a chalk bag.
How to Tie a Figure-8 Follow-Through Knot for...
Learn how to tie a figure-8 follow-through knot, the best knot for tying into a climbing rope. The figure-8 follow-through knot, also called a figure-8 trace knot, is the best knot for rock climbing since it's easy to check and won't come untied.
Essential Climbing Equipment for Belaying and...
Belay and rappel devices are one of the most important pieces of climbing equipment that you will need to purchase and learn to use so you can safely belay and rappel at the cliff.
9 Weather Signs of an Incoming Storm
When you're climbing in the mountains, it's important to know how to predict climbing weather to avoid rain, snow, and wind. Learn nine common signs that indicate your climbing weather is changing, including cumulus clouds, cirrus clouds, a halo around the moon, rising and falling barometric pressure, and low clouds.
Use Climbing Voice Commands for Safe Communicat...
Climbing voice commands are basic verbal commands that rock climbers use to communicate with each other when they're climbing. Learn why climbers use voice commands and what the basic voice commands are.
Parts of a Climbing Harness
Your climbing harness, which connects your body to your rope, is a complicated piece of equipment. A harness has lots of parts—straps, buckles, and loops. Read this breakdown of all the parts of a climbing harness so you know what you’re looking at before you buy a new harness.
What Climbing Gear Do You Need for a Trad 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.
Learn to Rock Climb on Bolted Sport Routes
Sport climbing, the pursuit of bolt-protected gymnastic climbing, offers the rewards of rock climbing without a lot of the risks. Learn here what sport climbing is and what skills you need to get out on the rocks.
Lhotse: 4th Highest Mountain in the World
Facts about Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain in the world.
Colorado's Fourteeners
Colorado has 55 Fourteeners or 14,000-foot mountains in its many mountain ranges. Learn all about Colorado's Fourteeners and how to climb them.
Do I Weigh Too Much to Rock Climb?
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Rocker David Lee Roth and the Real Skyscraper...
Rock singer David Lee Roth climbs on Half Dome for the cover of Skyscraper in 1987.
How to Use Sewn Slings for Climbing Safety
Climbing slings, simply lengths of webbing that are tied or sewn into closed loops, are an essential piece of rock climbing equipment. Learn all about slings, how climbers use slings, the different materials used to make slings, and the differences between sewn and tied slings.
Basic Rock Scrambling
The easiest way to start climbing is to learn how to scramble, which is simply climbing easy rock that doesn't require the use of a rope or technical climbing equipment. Learn here about all the basic climbing and mountaineering skills required to become a safe and proficient scrambler as well as safety suggestions and when to use a rope.
All About Pico de Orizaba: Mexico's Highest...
Learn all about Pico de Orizaba, the highest mountain in Mexico and the highest volcano in North America. Orizaba is a popular destination for mountain climbers.
Edward Whymper Climbs the Matterhorn in 1865
A quote about climbing and mountaineering by Edward Whymper, a great 19th-century British climber who made the tragic first ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865.
What Can Go Wrong Rappelling? How to Stay Safe
A lot can go wrong when you're rappelling off a cliff since you're totally dependent on your climbing equipment. Learn why rappelling is dangerous and how you can be safer when rappelling.
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.
Climbing is Dangerous--Here are 4 Ways to Die...
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.
How Many 8,000-Meter Summits are There?
How many 8,000-meter summits are in the world? The short answer is 14. That, however, is the number of summits with at least 500 meters of topographic prominence. If every summit above 8,000 meters is considered a separate mountain, then there are 35 8,000-meter peaks. Learn about these high summits and prominence.
Do Drones Pester and Annoy Climbers, Wildlife,...
The use of drones or unmanned aircraft is prohibited in national, state, and city parks including Yosemite National Park and Garden of the Gods Park. Learn more about how drones affect climbers, wildlife, and the natural experience of park users.
How to Pull Your Rappel Ropes Down
Rappelling, the act of sliding down a climbing rope to descend a cliff, requires lots of climbing skills to be safe. You need to learn to properly pull your ropes to avoid dangerous hang-ups and situations that might require you to reascend the cliff to free your ropes. Learn how to retrieve your ropes after rappelling with these essential safety tips.
How to Rack Climbing 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.
Nanga Parbat: 9th Highest Mountain in the World
Facts About Nanga Parbat, the Ninth Highest Mountain in the World. Nanga Parbat is one of the most dangerous high mountains in the world. Find out more about its colorful climbing history and geography.
Tips to Improve Your Rock Climbing Footwork
How you move and place your feet and rock shoes while you're climbing is important to your success. Efficient foot placement, including watching your foot, placing your foot quietly, and taking small steps is paramount to climbing well. Learn 6 tips about climbing footwork and you'll be climbing harder and higher.
Nevado Ojos del Salado — South America&#8...
Ojos del Salado is the second highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere and the highest mountain in Chile. Learn more about the world's highest active volcano, including a controversy over its elevation and where the world's highest lake is located.
Which Clothes Should You Wear Climbing? —...
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Which Climbing Harness is Best for You?
Harnesses are specifically made for different types of climbing, including sport, gym, and competition climbing, general all-around climbing, big wall climbing, alpine and ice climbing, caving, and kids climbing. Specific harnesses are made for women and children.
10 Tips for Climbers to Buy the Right Rock Shoes
Which rock climbing shoes should you buy? There are a lot of rock shoe choices so it can be hard to decide how to buy shoes. Follow these 10 rock shoe buying tips to find the best fit, where to buy shoes, and how to save money.
How to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, is a popular peak for lots of climbers. Learn basic information to climb Kilimanjaro, including acclimatization, finding an outfitter, hiring guides and porters, and why it's such a strenuous climb.
Climbing Sling Types
Climbing slings, lengths of cord or webbing that are sewn or tied into closed loops, come in five basic types. Read about each type and what they are used for when you go rock climbing.
Climb with a Half Crimp Grip -- How to Use...
The half crimp grip is one of 6 hand and finger positions used in rock climbing. Learn all about the half crimp, how to do it, and how to avoid crimping injuries.
How to Avoid Climbing Injuries
Climbing is a physical sport so you can injure your fingers, elbows, and shoulders if you're not careful when you climb and train. Most climbing injuries are due to overuse and to accident. Learn how to avoid climbing injuries from overuse and what to do if are injured rock climbing by following my smart climbing tips.
Your Essential Bouldering Equipment
The beauty of bouldering is not just doing hard moves but also its minimalism. You don’t need to spend lots of money on equipment to have fun on the boulders. Here are the 3 essential pieces of climbing equipment that you need to go bouldering.
Mount Vinson: Highest Mountain in Antarctica
Mount Vinson in the Ellsworth Mountains is the highest mountain in Antarctica and one of the Seven Summits, the highest points on the Seven Continents.
Tricks and Tips for Better Bouldering
Bouldering is a simple climbing sport. It's just you and the rock. Follow these 6 essential bouldering tips and tricks and get up more problems and have more fun. Learn why you should clean your rock shoes and handholds; the ethics of cheater stones; why it's important to check out the top out and the descent; and how to previsualize a boulder problem.
Guadalupe Peak: Highest Mountain in Texas
Read interesting facts and statistics about Guadalupe Peak, the highest mountain in Texas.
Why Belaying is Essential to Climbing and How...
Belaying, the process of one climber managing and holding the rope for another person climbing, is an essential rock climbing skill that every climber needs to know. Learn here what belaying is and the 3 factors needed for a safe belay.
“On Belay” Voice Command
“On belay” is the first climbing voice command used by a climbing team at the base of a route as well as at both the beginning and end of a pitch higher up the cliff.
5 Interesting Stories and Facts about Mount...
Learn more facts and stories about Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, including its first American ascent by Jim Whittaker; the first flight over Everest in 1933; Mount Everest's geology, climate, glaciers; and the answer to the question: Is Mount Everest really the highest mountain in the world?
Practice Climbing Footwork at Indoor Gyms
It's easy to lose your footwork when climbing at indoor gyms. All the holds are usually big or positive so you can get by with sloppy feet. Follow these 8 tips to improve your climbing footwork by practicing in your local indoor gym so you can keep your best foot forward out on the rocks.
Learning to Use Bolt Anchors: 9 Steps to Safely...
Learn step-by-step how to safely lower from the anchors on a sport climbing pitch. Lowering is the easiest way to descend from a short climb but it is also dangerous. Follow 9 important steps and learn to clip into anchors, thread the rope, communicate with your belayer, and safely return to the ground.
How to Give a Great Sport Climbing Belay
Belaying is perhaps the most important skill you need to be safe when you're sport climbing. The climbing leader is protected from injury by a competent belayer. Learn how to be a great belayer by following five essential belaying tips.
Climbing the Second Seven Summits on the 7...
The Second Seven Summits are the second highest mountains on each of the seven continents. Some of the mountains like K2 and Mount Tyree are very difficult and rarely climbed. Austrian mountaineer Christian Stangl became the first person to climb them in 2013.
Mount Kahtadin: Maine’s Highest Mountain
Mount Katahdin, the centerpiece of Baxter State Park, is Maine's highest mountain and the objective of many climbers.
All About El Capitan: Yosemite Valley's Biggest...
El Capitan, a 3,000-foot-high granite monolith, is the climbing icon of Yosemite National Park. Some of the most famous climbing routes in the world ascend El Capitan, including The Nose and Salathe Wall. Learn lots of interesting facts about El Capitan, including Captain Kirk's ascent in 2287, El Cap geology, and the 1958 first ascent.
Mount Everest Timeline
Follow this Mount Everest historical timeline from its discovery in 1848 and early explorations through the first British expeditions that attempted to climb the mountain before World War II.
All About Mount Elbert: Colorado's Highest...
Facts and figures about Mount Elbert, the highest mountain in Colorado.
How to Properly Fit New Rock Climbing Shoes
Rock climbing shoes make you climb better, harder, and higher. To do your best you need to buy the right rock shoe for the types of routes you do and then find the best fitting shoe. Learn how to find the right fitting shoe for your foot before buying rock shoes and your feet will thank you on the rocks.
10 Tips to Place Better 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 placed 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 cams.
Use SECURE to Evaluate Your Top-Rope Anchor
Use the acronym SECURE to evaluate your top-rope climbing anchors to make sure they are safe, secure, and properly rigged. SECURE insures that you and your climbing partners will be safe when you're having fun top-roping at your local cliff.
2013: A Big Year for Mount Everest Climbers
The year 2013 was one of the busiest ever for climbers on Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. A record number of climbers reached the summit that year, as well as several cool ascents and records were set including a BASE jump, first Saudi Arabian woman, and a fistfight at Camp 2.
How to Use a GriGri for Rock Climbing
The Petzl GriGri belay device, a mechanical assist device used for belaying, is an important rock climbing tool. The GriGri, however, is not a hands-free auto-locking device. GriGri accidents happen because climbers load the device wrong or are careless belayers. Learn how to properly load and use a GriGri when you're climbing.
Knots for Climbing
Learn all about knots for climbing, including the best knots for climbing; knots to tie rappel ropes together; friction knots; knot strength; and how to tie and untie knots.
Survey of India Discovers Mount Everest in 1852
The Great Trigonometrical Survey, beginning in 1800, mapped all of India. In 1852 the Survey calculated that Peak XV was the highest mountain in the world at 29,002 feet high. Another three years of calculations confirmed that the mountain, called by Mount Everest by Surveyor General Andrew Waugh for his predecessor George Everest, was indeed the highest peak. Read the story of Everest's discovery and the Survey of India.
What is a Bachmann Knot? Essential Climbing...
The Bachmann Knot is a friction knot with a carabiner handle that is used by rock climbers to ascend fixed ropes.
Definition of ATC, a climbing equipment word for a belay device.
Types of Pitons: Climbers Use Pitons for...
Pitons, metal spikes hammered into a crack, were used for protection and anchors on rock climbs before the widespread use of nuts and cams in the late 1970s. Modern aid climbers and alpine climbers still use pitons to ascend big walls and ice faces. Learn what are the different types of pitons, including knifeblades, Bugaboos, Lost Arrows, angles, and bong bongs, and how they are used.
How to Use a Carabiner Brake to Rappel
How do you rappel if you drop your rappel device on a rock climb? The best way to get down is by using the carabiner brake method. Learn all about the carabiner brake including its advantages and disadvantages so you'll know how to manage in an emergency situation.
Climbing FAQ: Am I too Old to Start Climbing? Nah
Climbing FAQ: Am I too old to start rock climbing? The answer is No! Climbing keeps you young and improves your health. Get on the rock and find new life.
3 Basic Skills for a Safe Toprope Anchor
Use these 3 basic skills you need to know to build a safe and redundant anchor system for toprope rock climbing.
Ascenders: Essential Climbing Equipment
Ascenders, mechanical devices used to ascend a fixed rope, are an essential piece of equipment used for climbing big walls and followoing aid routes. Learn all about ascenders, which ascenders you need for rock climbing, and important safety tips to follow when you are using ascenders.
What is Climbing? Defining the Joy of Vertical...
What is climbing? Learn all about rock and mountain climbing, a recreational sport that uses hands and feet to ascend steep obstacles like mountains, cliffs, and artificial walls.
Why a Knife is Essential Equipment for Climbing
A lightweight knife is an important piece of climbing equipment. You can cut old slings, slice webbing for rappel anchors, and cut the rope for rescue. Learn when you need a knife and what kind of climbing knife to buy.
Should I Go on a Guided or Non-Guided...
How much does it cost to climb Mount Everest? is the first question potential climbers ask. The second question is: Should I go on a guided or non-guided expedition to Mount Everest. Find out all the reasons why non-guided expeditions, despite their cheaper price, might not be the best deal for you to reach the summit and then return safely home.
Learn to Crack Climb -- The Art of Jamming Cracks
Crack climbing is a 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 learn how to jam cracks.
Avoid Rotator Cuff Injuries when Rock Climbing
Rotator cuff injuries are the most common shoulder injury that occurs in climbers, especially sport climbers who crank steep overhanging routes. Learn all about the rotator cuff, how it is injured, how to self-assess a cuff injury, how to treat a rotator cuff strain, how a doctor treats a rotator cuff tear, and how to rehab an injured rotator cuff.
Why Did the 2015 Earthquake in Nepal Happen?
In April 2015, a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook Nepal, killing thousands of people; destroying villages, cities, and historic sites; and causing avalanches on Mount Everest that killed 19 climbers. Read this geological analysis of Nepal, the collusion of the Indian and Eurasian crustal plates, and why earthquakes occur here.
Learn How to Slab Climb: Essential Climbing...
Slab climbing is ascending rock faces that are angled less than vertical. To climb slabs, you need good footwork, can read the rock, and keep a cool head. Learn how to slab climb and the best places to climbs slabs in the USA.
Locking Carabiners
Locking carabiners are essential climbing equipment that keep you safe on the rocks. Learn all about locking carabiners, auto-locking carabiners, screw-gate locking carabiners, and when you should use locking carabiners when you're rock climbing.
What is the Essential Equipment You Need for...
Here's all the essential climbing equipment that you need to get out toprope climbing on your local cliff, including a climbing rope, carabiners, slings, and personal gear.
The Yeti: Legend, Lore, and Climbing Mystery
The Yeti is a powerful mythological creature that lives in the high mountains in the Himalayas in central Asia. While there have been many sightings as well as some mysterious footprints, little firm scientific evidence proves the existence of the elusive Yeti. Read what a Yeti is; what the indigenous people call the Yeti; and the first reports by westerners about the Yeti.
How to Build Safe Rappelling Anchors
Rappel anchors are an important element for safe rappelling. Bad anchors can fail and lead to dire consequences. Learn how to use existing rappel anchors and how to create new rappel anchors if you have to retreat from a route. Also follow my rappel anchor tips for safety and what you need to carry in a rap anchor kit.
How to Rig a Carabiner Brake -- Emergency...
Learn how to rig a carabiner brake so you can safely rappel off a climb if you accidently drop, lose, or forget your rappel device.
When Can You Climb on Wet Rock?
When Can You Climb on Wet Rock? is a common question that climbers ask. The answer is easy--wait. Wait until the rock dries thoroughly so you avoid damaging the rock surface, break handholds and footholds, and destroy routes and boulder problems. Find out what are the best rock surfaces for climbing after rain and why sandstone is the worst as well as some suggestions on how long you should wait before climbing after rain.
Mount Fuji: The Art of Japan's Sacred Mountain...
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Which Rock Climbing Shoes Should You Wear?
Which rock shoes should I wear? is a common question. Climbing shoes are the one piece of climbing equipment that immediately help you climb better. Learn how to buy new rock shoes, which shoes are right for your adventures, and how the shoes should fit.
Black Diamond ATC-XP Belay Device
Review of Black Diamond ATC-XP Climbing Belay Device
Which Ice Axe Do You Need? Ice Axes are...
An ice axe is an essential piece of climbing equipment for mountaineering and traveling across snow and ice. Which ice axe is best for your adventures? Find out how to pick an ice axe to fit your climbing.
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.
What are the Different Types of Climbing?
Climbing is divided into many different types and styles, including rock climbing, bouldering, indoor climbing, sport climbing, traditional climbing, ice climbing, and mountaineering. Learn more about all the different types of climbing.
Double Figure-8 Fisherman’s Knot
Definition of Double Figure-8 Fisherman’s Knot, climbing words for the best knot to tie 2 ropes together.
Learn How to Lead Sport Climbs for High Adventure
It's best for novice climbers to learn how to lead by climbing sport routes which are protected with preplaced permanent bolts. Learn what climbing skills you need to lead sport routes, how to pick the first routes to lead, and what equipment to bring to learn how to lead climb on a cliff.
All About Bouldering
Bouldering, the discipline of rock climbing on small cliffs and boulders, celebrates the joy of movement over stone. Bouldering is all about movement, of climbing with purity and simplicity and without a rope and protective gear. Bouldering is simply you and the rock. Learn all about bouldering here.
Why Petrarch Became the First Climber in 1336
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Can I Rock Climb If I'm Afraid of Heights?
Advice on how to rock climb if you're afraid of heights.
7 Tips to Help You Buy the Right Climbing Harness
You want to buy a new harness? Here are seven tips on how to fit and buy a climbing harness. If you've never owned a harness before, it's best to shop at a store rather than buying one on-line so that you can try on different harnesses and find the best fit for your body type.
Climbing Highlights on Mount Everest in 2013
The year 2013 was filled with climbing adventures, first ascents, deaths, accidents, and a brawl on Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. Read this recap of the 2013's best climbs on Mount Everest.
Broad Peak is the 12th Highest Mountain in the...
Facts About Broad Peak, the Twelfth Highest Mountain in the World. Broad Peak, located on the border of Pakistan and Indian, is one of the safest 8,000-meter peaks to climb.
Carabiners are Essential Safety Gear for Climbers
Carabiners are an essential piece of climbing equipment that you use every time you go climbing. Learn more about carabiners, the types of carabiner gates, and how they are used in the climbing safety system.
Dynos and Deadpoints -- How to Do Dynamic...
Dynamic movements—dynos and deadpoints—are essential to modern climbing and getting up hard routes and boulder problems. Learn what a dyno is; how to perform dyno and deadpoint moves; how to practice dynos; and why dynamic moves are important.
3 Types of Rock Faces for Climbing
There are 3 types of rock faces you'll encounter when you're rock climbing — slabs, vertical faces, and overhanging faces. Find out about these faces, how to climb them, and America's best areas for each type.
Learn to Downclimb on Hazardous Mountain Terrain
Descending a mountain face or ridge by downclimbing is an important alpine climbing skill that every competent mountaineer must master. Learn how to evaluate a descent route on a mountain before you commit to downclimbing and rappelling it.
Autoblock Knot
The autoblock knot is an important climbing knot used as a safety back-up on a rappel rope.

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