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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.
Death 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.
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.
Stop Thieves from Breaking into Your Car at...
Vehicle break-ins and burglaries are a huge crime problem at parking lots and trailheads in national, state, and city parks and remote places in forests and wilderness areas. Here is how to avoid being the victim of a car break-in, tips to deter thieves, and why you should carry your valuables with you.
Mount Fuji: Japan’s Most Famous Mountain
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.
Mount Rainier: Highest Mountain in Washington
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.
Kilimanjaro - Fast Facts about the Highest...
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.
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?
The 6 Most Important Knots
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 Münter Hitch.
Rappelling is Fun: Learn Essential Climbing...
Rappelling is a skill-based climbing activity for descending down cliffs and mountains. Learn what are the six essential climbing skills that you need to know to rappel safely and efficiently when you are rock climbing.
Essential Rappelling Equipment
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.
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.
Matterhorn: Switzerland's Most Famous Mountain
Learn all about about the Matterhorn and climbing the Matterhorn, Switzerland's most famous mountain and a symbol of the European Alps.
4 Knots for Rappelling
If you're out climbing and need to rappel off the cliff, here are the four best knots to tie your climbing ropes together.
Facts About 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.
Denali: Highest Mountain in North America
Learn interesting climbing history and geographic facts about Denali, also called Mount McKinley, the highest mountain in North America, the United States, and Alaska, and one of the Seven Summits.
The Seven Summits
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.
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.
4 Types of Climbing Chalk
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.
10 Rock Shoe Buying Tips
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.
Mount Kosciuszko: Climbing a Seven Summit in...
Fast facts about Mount Kosciuszko, the highest mountain in Australia and one of the Seven Summits. Mount Kosciuszko is the snowiest place in Australia and the easiest of the Seven Summits to climb.
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.
Mount Elbrus — 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.
Mount Whitney: Highest Mountain in California
Check out lots of interesting facts and statistics about Mount Whitney, the highest mountain in California and the highest in the lower 48 states.
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?
Climbing 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.
4 Friction Knots for Climbers
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.
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 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 all the essential costs, including airfare, outfitter fees, tips, and extra costs, and make your own budget to have the adventure of a lifetime by climbing Kili.
Devils Tower: Wyoming's Famous Landmark and...
Devils Tower, a spectacular natural landmark in Wyoming, is one of the premier rock climbing destinations in the United States. Find out here all about Devils Tower, including its geology, history, and climbing.
Using a Daisy Chain
A daisy chain, used in rock climbing, is a length of webbing with variable-length sewn links which can be clipped into anchors with a carabiner. Learn here about daisy chains and how to properly use them.
Aconcagua — Highest Mountain in South...
Learn interesting climbing and geographic facts about Aconcagua, the highest mountain in South America and one of the Seven Summits.
Essential Sport Climbing Gear
Here's all the basic equipment you need to go sport climbing, including a rope, quickdraws, locking carabiners, and personal gear.
Learn How to Climb: Belaying Basics
Belaying is one of the most important climbing skills. Here you learn the basics about belaying and using belay devices.
5 Safety Tips to Set Up Top-Rope Anchors
The most dangerous part of top-rope climbing is setting up your 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 of the cliff. Learn important safety tips for setting top-rope anchors and what you should not do.
Dark Summit — The True Story of...
Book review of The Summit — The True Story of Everest’s Most Controversial Season by Nick Heil about Mount Everest and the 2006 disaster
10 Tips for Safe 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.
How to Tie a Figure-8 Follow-Through Knot
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.
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.
Bomber
Definition of Bomber, a climbing slang word that means fail-safe and solid.
Fast Facts About Mount Kenya
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.
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.
Mont Blanc: Highest Mountain in Western Europe
Learn all about Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in western Europe and the Alps, and a popular mountain for climbers.
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.
Mount Elbert: Highest Mountain in Colorado
Facts and figures about Mount Elbert, the highest mountain in Colorado.
Building a Safe Top-Rope Anchor
The 3 basic skills you need to know to build a safe anchor system for top-rope rock climbing.
How to Tie and Use an Autoblock Knot
Learn how to tie and use an autoblock knot, an essential safety knot used in climbing and rappelling.
Six Basic Finger Grips
You need to learn to effectively use your hands and fingers to become a successful rock climber. Learn about using handholds and the six basic finger grips for rock climbing.
Fast Facts About Chimborazo
Learn all about Chimborazo, the highest mountain in Ecuador and one of the highest volcanos in the world. Chimborazo is a popular mountain for climbers with excellent snow and ice routes up its glaciated flanks.
Guadalupe Peak: Highest Mountain in Texas
Read interesting facts and statistics about Guadalupe Peak, the highest mountain in Texas.
Do I weigh too much to go rock climbing?
slabs or rock faces that are less than vertical . You will be able to keep your weight centered over
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.
Caving Equipment
You want to go underground and crawl around in caves? Here's all the essential equipment that you need to get out caving, including helmet, headlamp, oversuit, and personal gear.
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. Discover lots of interesting facts about Mount Vinson, including its discovery in 1957, first ascent by Americans in 1966, and how to climb Mount Vinson now.
Six Performance Climbing Tips
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.
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.
Top-Rope Climbing Equipment
Here's eveything that you need to get out top-rope climbing on your local cliff, including a climbing rope, carabiners, slings, and personal gear.
Slings for Climbing
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.
How to Use Climbing Commands
Climbing voice commands are basic verbal commands that rock climbers use to communicate with each other when they're climbing. Learn here why climbers use voice commands and what the basic voice commands are.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Humphreys Peak: Highest Mountain in Arizona
Read interesting facts and statistics about Humphreys Peak, the highest mountain in Arizona.
What is Mountain Climbing?
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.
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.
Gangkhar Puensum: World’s Highest...
Learn all about Gangkhar Puensum in Bhutan, the world's highest unclimbed mountain.
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.
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.
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.
Prusik Knot
Definition of Prusik Knot, climbing words for a friction knot used to ascend a fixed rope.
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.
Which Clothes Should You Wear Climbing? —...
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Three Types of Hazardous Avalanche Terrain
Traveling across snowy landscapes in winter can be hazardous to climbers, hikers, skiers, and snowmobilers. Learn to recognize the three types of avalanche terrain and how to evaluate slopes to determine if you can safely cross them without causing an avalanche.
How to Use a GriGri
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.
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.
Don’t Top-Rope Through Bolt Anchors
A cardinal rule of top-roping is to never rig a top-rope through bolt anchors. The sawing of the rope wears out the metal anchors, requiring expensive replacement.
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.
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.
“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.
Use Quickdraws on Sport Anchors
Use quickdraws on the bolt anchors on sport climbing routes to rig top-ropes for your buddies. Using your own gear lessens the wear on permanent hardware and keeps you safer.
Avoid Climbing Injuries by Climbing Smart
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.
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.
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.
Lhotse: 4th Highest Mountain in the World
Facts about Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain in the world.
Mount Washington: Highest Mountain in New England
Learn lots of interesting facts and data about Mount Washington, the highest mountain in New Hampshire and New England.
List of Colorado's Fourteeners
Colorado, the roof of the Rockies, offers 55 Fourteeners or peaks above 14,000 feet for climbers. Here is a complete listing of all the Fourteeners, their elevations, and their mountain ranges.
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.
6 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.
Carstensz Pyramid: Highest Mountain in Oceania
Learn about Carstensz Pyramid, the highest mountain in New Guinea, Indonesia, and Oceania, and one of the Seven Summits.
Autoblock Knot
The autoblock knot is an important climbing knot used as a safety back-up on a rappel rope.
Am I Too Old to Start Rock Climbing?
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Castleton Tower's TV Commercial
Castleton Tower, one of the Utah canyon country's most famous sandstone towers, was used in a 1964 black-and-white television commercial for Chevrolet. Read the crazy story behind this commercial and view the commercial before you go climb Castleton.
History of Everest's Northeast Ridge Route
The Northeast Ridge Route on the north side of Mount Everest is one of the two most commonly climbed routes to the summit of Everest. Learn about the history of the Northeast Ridge Route, the first ascent by Chinese and Tibetan climbers in 1960, George Mallory's ill-fated attempt in 1924, and Conrad Anker's free climbing ascent of the Second Step in 1999.
All About Belaying
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.
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.
Clove Hitch
Definition of Clove Hitch, climbing words for a knot to tie a rope to a carabiner, anchor, or tree.
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.
Getting Your Rock Shoes Resoled
You've been climbing all summer and your rock shoes need new soles. What do you need done to the shoes and who's going to do the job? Read this guide to rock shoe resoles, repairs, and cobblers to make the right choices.
The Best Mountaineering Glove System
When you're ice climbing or climbing high mountains, your hands are going to get cold. What's the best glove system to use to keep your hands and fingers toasty warm and free from the risk of frostbite? Learn from mountaineer Susan Paul how to create a glove system for winter climbing.
Climbing Causes Rotator Cuff Injuries
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.
Build Safe Rappel 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 Can I Rock Climb if I’m Afraid of...
: How Can I Rock Climb if I’m Afraid of Heights? : “I’m afraid of heights” is one of the most common
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.
How To Avoid Ticks
Ticks are pesky little arachnids that are often encountered when you're approaching cliffs or on cliff-tops after you've climbed. Learn all about ticks and seven tips on how to avoid ticks and keep from getting bitten by ticks when you're climbing.
Moving Over Stone
Climbing is all about movement. It's about learning to use your hands and feet to ascend vertical rock faces. It's about the specialized techniques used in face climbing and crack climbing. Climbing is a natural human activity. Learn the basics here about moving over stone.
Cho Oyu: 6th Highest Mountain in the World
Facts About Cho Oyu, the Fifth Highest Mountain in the World
Half Crimp Grip
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.
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 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.
The Carabiner Brake Method
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.
Facts About Mount Everest: Highest Mountain in...
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?
Figure-8-on-a-Bight Knot
Definition of Figure-8-on-a-Bight Knot, climbing words for the a secure knot used to tie a climber to an anchor.
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.
Black Diamond ATC-XP Belay Device
Review of Black Diamond ATC-XP Climbing Belay Device
Pico de Orizaba: Highest Mountain in Mexico
Learn here about Pico de Orizaba, the highest mountain in Mexico and the highest volcano in North America.
Let's Go Sport Climbing
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.
List of U.S. State High Points
A list of the state high points in all 50 U.S. states and Washington D.C.
Klemheist Knot
Definition of Klemheist Knot, climbing words for a friction knot used to ascend and descend a fixed rope.
What Can Go Wrong Rappelling
A lot can go wrong when you're rappelling off a cliff since you're totally dependent on your equipment. Learn here why rappelling is dangerous and how you can be safer rappelling.
Dhaulagiri: 7th Highest Mountain in the World
Facts About Dhaulagiri, the Seventh Highest Mountain in the World
Take Care of Your Climbing Rope
Your climbing rope won't last forever. Follow these tips to increase its life--don't step on your rope, use a rope bag, run your rope freely, switch ends after falling on your rope, and regularly wash it.
Which Climbing Harness Do You Need?
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.
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.
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.
Clove Hitch for Climbing
The Clove Hitch Knot is an easy-to-tie and strong knot used to tie a climber to an anchor. Learn all about the clove hitch and its advantages and disadvantages.
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.
Climbing Chalk
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 all about climbing chalk and the answers to these questions.
Which Rock Climbing Shoes Should I Wear?
Which rock shoes should I wear? is a common question, especially from novice rock climbings. Rock cilmbing shoes are the one piece of climbing equipment that help immediately help you climb better. Learn here about how to buy new rock shoes, which kinds of shoes are right for your climbing adventures, and how the shoes should fit your feet.
How Safe is Climbing?
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.
List of California's Fourteeners
California, with the highest peak in the contiguous US, offers 13 Fourteeners or peaks above 14,000 feet for climbers. Check out this complete list of all the Fourteeners, their elevations and mountain ranges, and 10 sub-peaks.
Basic 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.
Austin Rock Climbing
Austin, the capital city of Texas, offers lots of rock climbing venues for the urban climber, including limestone routes at Barton Creek Greenbelt, lots of bouldering, and great granite climbing at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.
Münter Hitch
Definiton of the Münter hitch, a climbing knot used for rappelling and belaying, especially in emergency situations.
Use Your Feet to Climb Better
If you want to climb better, then you need to use your feet better. Learn here why good footwork is important if you want to get up hard climbs.
Natural Anchors
Natural anchors are points on a cliff or cliff-top that are used by climbers as an anchor for belaying, rappelling, and protecting a leader. These points include rock features like boulders and spikes and tree features like branches and tree trunks. Climbers use slings to tie off these points to create secure and safe climbing anchors. Learn more about natural anchors and how to create them.
All About Chalk Bags
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 Clip into Bolts: Learn 2 Types of Clips
Clipping into bolts and quickdraws while you lead a route is an important sport climbing technique. Learn more about clipping bolts, redpoint and pinkpoint ascents, and the two types of clips--the thumb clip and the finger clip.
Seven Tips to Help You Buy the Right 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.
Is Mountain Climbing Hazardous to Your Health?
A 2006 study shows that climbing mountains is hazardous to your brain, with the lack of oxygen causing brain damage and loss of brain cells.
Bachmann Knot
The Bachmann Knot is a friction knot with a carabiner handle that is used in climbing to ascend fixed ropes.
Slings
Definition of slings, a climbing equipment word for lengths of either tubular webbing or Spectra and Dyneema webbing sewn or tied into closed loops.
The Art of Falling
Falling is a big part of sport climbing. If you climb much, you're going to take some falls. Learn about climbing falls, how to protect yourself when falling, and about climbing fall safety.
Eat Right for Rock Climbing Performance
It's important to eat well when you go rock climbing for the day. The best start is a balanced breakfast with both carbohydrates and protein. While you're climbing, eat energy bars, gels, and chews to keep your blood sugar level and to have plenty of carbos to climb at your very best. Learn more here about eating for climbing performance.
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.
Taking Care of Rock Shoes
To ensure that your rock shoes last, follow these three tips every time you go climbing and your shoes will have a long and happy life on the rocks.
Facts About Lightning - A Climber's Guide to...
Learn interesting facts about lightning. What are your chances of being struck? How many lightning strikes are there each day and year? What are the most dangerous places for lightning in the US?
Grand Teton: Wyoming’s Second Highest...
The Grand Teton, the second highest mountain in Wyoming, is one of America's most famous mountains with over 85 climbing routes and variations to its rocky 13,775-foot summit. Learn lots of interesting facts about the Grand Teton, including its name, geology, historic ascents, the peak's two most popular routes, and the controversy over its first ascent.
10 Lightning Tips for Climbers
If you’re out climbing and get caught in an open exposed place like a mountain summit or cliff top, follow these 10 climbing safety tips to minimize your risk and stay safe from lightning strikes.
Locking Carabiner
Definition of Locking Carabiner, a climbing equipment word for a metal link that locks shut.

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