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Climbing Articles(66 results)

  1. Expert Advice
  1. Skills

    Avalanches, Part 1: The Basics

    Learn the basics of avalanches, including potential hazards, types of avalanches and contributing factors. Part 1 of a 4-part series.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 39 reviews
  2. Skills

    Climbing and Bouldering Rating Systems

    Learn about climbing and bouldering ratings, including how route difficulty is measured and the difference between a rating and a grade.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 56 reviews
  3. Skills

    How to Belay a Lead Climber

    Learn to belay a lead climber, including how it differs from top-rope belaying. We cover gear, setup, safety, communication and technique.

    rated 5 out of 5 with 6 reviews
  4. Skills

    Avalanches, Part 2: Snow Tests

    Learn how to test snow stability in the backcountry. This article covers snow pits, the Rutschblock test and Extended Column Test (ECT).

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 13 reviews
  5. Skills

    Avalanches, Part 3: Reducing Risk

    Find out how to reduce your risk in avalanche terrain. This article covers warning signs, route selection, human elements and safety gear.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 11 reviews
  6. Checklists

    Avalanches, Part 4: Rescue Checklist

    When an avalanche buries someone, survival hinges on a fast rescue. Our checklist details steps to take, including transceiver use.

    rated 5 out of 5 with 14 reviews
  7. Skills

    Bouldering Basics

    Learn about climbing in one of its most simple and enjoyable forms with our handy guide to the popular sport of bouldering.

    rated 3.75 out of 5 with 55 reviews
  8. Care & Repair

    Caring for Your Carabiners

    This article gives you basic tips on inspecting, cleaning and storing your carabiners for rock climbing.

    rated 3.25 out of 5 with 27 reviews
  9. Care & Repair

    Caring for Your Climbing Harness

    Learn how to inspect, clean, transport and store your climbing harness to keep it in tip-top shape.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 11 reviews
  10. Skills

    Climbing Techniques and Moves

    Learn about different types of climbing techniques and moves, and get tips on how to do them.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 101 reviews
  11. Skills

    Communication for Climbing

    Communicating clearly when climbing is important for safety: Learn the usage of climbing commands such as belay on, up rope and others.

    rated 3.75 out of 5 with 16 reviews
  12. Care & Repair

    Crampon Care

    Learn how to inspect, sharpen and store your crampons to keep them in tip-top shape for walking and climbing on glaciers and snow.

    rated 5 out of 5 with 7 reviews
  13. Skills

    Gear Racking Basics

    Get tips on what cams, nuts and other gear to take rock climbing and how to organize it all. Also see some examples of gear-racking options.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 11 reviews
  14. Skills

    Getting Started Crack Climbing

    Learning to crack climb can be challenging and painful. This article teaches you the basics of hand and foot jams to help you get started.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 17 reviews
  15. Skills

    Getting Started Mountaineering

    Reaching a summit can involve rock climbing, glacier travel and off-trail travel. Learn how to prepare and get the skills you need.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 64 reviews
  16. Skills

    Getting Started Rock Climbing

    Get started rock climbing by learning how to find a guide, choose a type of climbing, get geared up and select a climbing route.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 98 reviews
  17. Skills

    Gym to Crag: Learning to Climb Outdoors

    Climbing outdoors on real rock is a rush. Learn the gear and skills you need to enjoy bouldering, sport climbing and trad climbing outdoors.

    rated 5 out of 5 with 4 reviews
  18. Skills

    How to Belay

    Learn the basics of top rope belaying, including gear, setup, safety checks and procedures, plus the PBUS method and how to lower a climber.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 35 reviews
  19. Skills

    How to Build Anchors for Climbing

    Knowing how to build a solid anchor is critical to staying secure. We’ll teach you the key principles of anchor building and a few common ways to build one.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 26 reviews
  20. Buying Guides

    How to Choose and Use Climbing Chalk and Chalk Bags

    Learn about the different types of chalk for climbing and get tips on choosing and using it.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 31 reviews
  21. Buying Guides

    How to Choose and Use Snow Shovels

    Snow shovels are an important piece of safety equipment for winter travel. Learn how to choose and use a shovel best suited for your needs.

    rated 3.75 out of 5 with 3 reviews
  22. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Avalanche Safety Gear

    To manage risks in the backcountry in winter, you need the right gear. Learn about transceivers, snow shovels, probes, airbags and more.

    rated 3.5 out of 5 with 48 reviews
  23. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Avalanche Transceivers

    An avalanche transceiver is essential for backcountry travel on snow. Learn about digital and analog technology, antennas, range and more.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 35 reviews
  24. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Belay Devices

    Learn how to choose a belay device for rock climbing. Includes the pros and cons of tubular, assisted braking and Figure 8 devices.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 20 reviews
  25. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Bivy Sacks

    Learn to choose a bivy sack for ultralight backpacking trips and mountaineering. Includes info about materials, construction and designs.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 78 reviews
  26. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Cams and Wedges (Active Pro)

    Learn about the two main types of active climbing protecction (pro) including the ubiquitous cams and the less common spring-loaded wedges.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 5 reviews
  27. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Carabiners

    Learn how to choose carabiners for rock climbing, and the benefits of locking, nonlocking, wiregate, bent-gate and straight-gate carabiners.

    rated 3.5 out of 5 with 68 reviews
  28. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Climbing Harnesses

    Learn how to choose the correct climbing harness for the type of climbing you do, whether it's sport, trad, ice or alpine.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 30 reviews
  29. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Climbing Helmets

    Get the right helmet—and fit—to rock climb, ice climb or go mountaineering. Learn the difference between hardshells and shelled-foam models.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 15 reviews
  30. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Climbing Nuts, Stoppers and Chocks

    Getting into leading trad routes? Learn how to choose types of passive protection, such as chocks, nuts and hexes.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 10 reviews