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  1. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Rock Climbing Shoes

    Learn how to choose and fit rock climbing shoes, including information on types of rock shoes, features and fit tips.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 483 reviews
  2. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Climbing Ropes

    Learn how to find a climbing rope that's right for you, with information on types of ropes, diameter, length, features and safety ratings.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 452 reviews
  3. Skills

    How to Train for Rock Climbing and Bouldering

    These training exercises for rock climbing and bouldering will help you build strength and improve balance.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 295 reviews
  4. Skills

    Avalanches, Part 1: The Basics

    Learn the basics of avalanches, including potential hazards, types of avalanches and contributing factors.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 295 reviews
  5. 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 273 reviews
  6. Skills

    How to Tie Climbing Knots, Hitches and Bends

    Learn about different types of climbing knots, hitches and bends, and get tips on how to tie them.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 219 reviews
  7. Skills

    Climbing Techniques and Moves

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

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 218 reviews
  8. 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 4.5 out of 5 with 206 reviews
  9. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Daypacks

    Choosing a daypack can be daunting. Learn how to find the right one by looking at how you plan to use it, plus capacity, features and fit.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 202 reviews
  10. Skills

    How to Identify and Treat Altitude Sickness

    Learn about altitude sickness, acute mountain sickness (AMS), high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE) and high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE).

    rated 3.75 out of 5 with 185 reviews
  11. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Hydration Packs

    Which hydration pack is best? Learn about reservoir size, gear capacity and other key pack features for cyclists, runners, hikers and more.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 175 reviews
  12. Skills

    How to Use Rock Climbing Holds

    Learn about different types of climbing holds and get tips on how to use them.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 158 reviews
  13. Skills

    Indoor (Gym) Climbing Basics

    Get the lowdown on indoor climbing: how to find a gym, what to expect there, clothing and gear needs, types of climbing and rating systems.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 145 reviews
  14. 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 4.25 out of 5 with 141 reviews
  15. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Crampons

    Learn how to choose crampons for snow walking, mountaineering and ice climbing, and the benefits of hybrid, step-in and strap-on crampons.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 134 reviews
  16. 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 4 out of 5 with 125 reviews
  17. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Quickdraws

    Learn how to buy quickdraws. This article covers carabiner size, shape and gate, as well as sling length and how many quickdraws to have.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 121 reviews
  18. 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 4.5 out of 5 with 117 reviews
  19. 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 114 reviews
  20. 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 4.25 out of 5 with 102 reviews
  21. 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 4.5 out of 5 with 93 reviews
  22. 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 4.25 out of 5 with 91 reviews
  23. 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 4.5 out of 5 with 90 reviews
  24. 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 4.75 out of 5 with 81 reviews
  25. Care & Repair

    How to Clean and Care for a Climbing Rope

    Learn the basics of rope care such as cleaning, storing and inspecting, plus when to retire an old rope.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 81 reviews
  26. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Climbing Slings, Cord and Webbing

    Slings, runners, cord, cordelettes and webbing are all climbing essentials. Learn how to choose the type you need.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 81 reviews
  27. Skills

    Trad Climbing Basics

    What's trad climbing? We break down how trad is different than sport climbing and introduce you to types of active and passive pro.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 79 reviews
  28. Skills

    Rock Climbing Glossary

    Rock climbing is loaded with technical terms and jargon. Learn how to talk like a climber with help from our comprehensive glossary.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 73 reviews
  29. 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 72 reviews
  30. 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 4.5 out of 5 with 70 reviews