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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Climbers Should Know About Australia's...
Fast facts about Mount Kosciuszko, the highest mountain in Australia and one of the Seven Summits.
Dateline 1902: First Attempt to Climb K2 PART I
In 1902, a, expedition led by Oscar Eckenstein and Aleister Crowley was the second team to attempt to climb an 8,000-meter peak. The goal was K2, 2nd highest mountain in the world. The expedition reached a high point above 21,000 feet but two months of bad weather along with constant bickering doomed the team. Read Part I of the strange story of this dysfunctional expedition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Do I Weigh Too Much to Rock Climb?
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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.
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.
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
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.
All About Mount Elbert: Colorado's Highest...
Facts and figures about Mount Elbert, the highest mountain in Colorado.
Guadalupe Peak: Highest Mountain in Texas
Read interesting facts and statistics about Guadalupe Peak, the highest mountain in Texas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Which Clothes Should You Wear Climbing? —...
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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 here why climbers use voice commands and what the basic voice commands are.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bachmann Knot
The Bachmann Knot is a friction knot with a carabiner handle that is used in climbing to ascend fixed ropes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gangkhar Puensum: World’s Highest...
Learn all about Gangkhar Puensum in Bhutan, the world's highest unclimbed mountain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why You Use Quickdraws on Anchors to Rig...
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.
What is a Prusik Knot for Climbing?
What is a Prusik Knot? Here is the definition of the climbing words for a Prusik Knot, a friction knot used to ascend a fixed rope or for self-rescue in a climbing situation.
How to Tie and Use a Klemheist Knot
Learn how to tie a Klemheist knot, an important knot used in climbing for ascending ropes and in emergency situations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Definition of ATC, a climbing equipment word for a belay device.
Seven Canyoneers Die in Zion Flash Flood PART 2
A flash flood in Keyhole Canyon in Zion National Park killed 7 canyoneers. Read Part 2 about what happened in the canyon, the huge rain storm and flood, and the recovery of the victims downstream.
What You Need to Know About Climbing Longs Peak
The Keyhole Route climbs Longs Peak, one of Colorado's most beautiful and difficult Fourteeners. Plan your climb up Longs Peak with this detailed route description up the Keyhole Route, the single most popular mountain route in Colorado.
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.
Earthquake and Avalanche Kill Climbers on Mt....
On April 25, 2015, a massive earthquake in Nepal killed thousands of people and caused avalanches on Mount Everest, trapping and killing climbers attempting the world's highest mountain.
Autoblock Knot
The autoblock knot is an important climbing knot used as a safety back-up on a rappel rope.
6 Tips to Assess Wet Rock Before Climbing
Before climbing on wet rock you need to assess and judge its condition so that you don't damage the rock surface and destroy handholds and footholds on routes. Follow these 5 important tips to help you make smart judgments about climbing on wet rock.
Climb Mount Kinabalu--Borneo's Highest Peak
Learn lots of interesting facts about Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in Borneo and a refuge for exotic plants and orangutans.
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.
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.
Klemheist Knot
Definition of Klemheist Knot, climbing words for a friction knot used to ascend and descend a fixed rope.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
6 Off-Width Crack Climbing Tips
It's a lot of work to climb off-width cracks. Here are some tips to climb off-widths more efficiently by wearing the right harness, racking your gear on a sling, and sliding a big cam up as you climb.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All About Acute Mountain Sickness
Most climbers get acute mountain sickness (AMS) when they come from a low elevation to a high altitude. Learn what acute mountain sickness is; what it's symptoms are; and how to treat acute mountain sickness.
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.
Why Petrarch Became the First Climber in 1336
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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.
Münter Hitch
Definiton of the Münter hitch, a climbing knot used for rappelling and belaying, especially in emergency situations.
Cho Oyu: 6th Highest Mountain in the World
Facts About Cho Oyu, the Fifth Highest Mountain in the World
Climb Humphreys Peak: Arizona's Highest Mountain
Read interesting facts and statistics about Humphreys Peak, the highest mountain in Arizona.
French Free Climbing
Definition of French Free Climbing, a climbing word for making occasional aid moves when free climbing a route.
6 Basic Rock Scrambling Skills for Climbers
If you climb mountains then you have to learn basic rock climbing moves when you're scrambling over exposed rocky sections without a rope. Use six basic climbing skills to improve your scrambling and to stay safe in the mountains.
Can I Rock Climb If I'm Afraid of Heights?
Advice on how to rock climb if you're afraid of heights.
Climb White Butte, Highest Mountain in North...
White Butte, the highest point in North Dakota, lies in the Badlands in the state's southwestern corner. Find out more about the 30th highest state high point, its history and geology, and all the rattlesnakes that inhabit its grassy slopes.
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.
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.
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.
Climbing Capitol Peak: Colorado's Hardest...
Capitol Peak in the Elk Range in west-central Colorado is one of the hardest Fourteeners to climb in the state. The stately peak offers sweeping buttresses, towering granite walls, and a great climbing route that culminates with the famed Knife Edge ridge. Learn all about Capitol Peak, how it was named, who did the first ascent, how many fatalities it's claimed, and its climbing routes.
Facts and Stories About Makalu, the World's 5th...
All about Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world, including its first ascent, the first American attempt, and Jean-Christophe Lafaille's ill-fated solo attempt at its first winter ascent.
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.
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.
Route Description for Capitol Peak: Climbing...
Capitol Peak, one of Colorado's hardest Fourteeners to climb, offers a great climbing route with lots of exposure, a summit with spacious views, and the famous Knife Edge ridge. Find a complete route description for the Northeast Ridge Route and make plans to climb one of Colorado's best mountains.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Longs Peak: Climb the Highest Peak in Rocky...
Learn interesting facts about Longs Peak, the highest mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park and the 15th highest Fourteener or 14,000-foot peak in Colorado.
3 Great Belay Devices for Rock Climbing
There are three main types of belay and rappel devices that are commonly used by rock climbers--tube belay devices; auto-blocking tube belay devices; and auto-locking belay devices. Learn about each type of device, their advantages and disadvantages, and how to determine which is the best belay device for you to use.
Plan a Rock Climbing Trip to Tuolumne Meadows...
Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park is easy to reach from San Francisco; offers lots of amenities including camping, lodging, and dining; and is one of the best summer climbing areas in the United States. Here’s all the information you need to plan your Tuolumne climbing escape.
Use Your Feet to Climb Better and Harder
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.
5 Sacred Climbing Areas in the American West
Many climbing areas around the United States are sacred ground to Native Americans. Learn about Shiprock, Baboquivari, The Black Hills, Devil's Tower, and Indian Creek Canyon and why these unique and beautiful places are sacred to Native American tribes, including the Lakota Sioux, Navajo, Tohono O'odham, and the ancient Anasazi.
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.
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.
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.

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