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Climbing Articles(64 results)

  1. Expert Advice
  1. 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 4.545454545454546 out of 5 with 22 reviews
  2. 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 4.583333333333333 out of 5 with 36 reviews
  3. 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 64 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 4.833333333333333 out of 5 with 12 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 4.636363636363637 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 4.913043478260869 out of 5 with 23 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 3.2 out of 5 with 25 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 4.8 out of 5 with 5 reviews
  10. 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 4.088888888888889 out of 5 with 45 reviews
  11. Skills

    Climbing Techniques and Moves

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

    rated 4.5476190476190474 out of 5 with 84 reviews
  12. 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 3.5384615384615383 out of 5 with 13 reviews
  13. 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 5 reviews
  14. 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 4.285714285714286 out of 5 with 7 reviews
  15. 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 5 out of 5 with 7 reviews
  16. 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 4.155555555555556 out of 5 with 45 reviews
  17. 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 3.8518518518518516 out of 5 with 81 reviews
  18. 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
  19. 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 4.214285714285714 out of 5 with 28 reviews
  20. 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
  21. 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 4.8 out of 5 with 20 reviews
  22. 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 4.541666666666667 out of 5 with 24 reviews
  23. 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 5 out of 5 with 1 reviews
  24. 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 3.347826086956522 out of 5 with 46 reviews
  25. 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 4.65625 out of 5 with 32 reviews
  26. 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 3.875 out of 5 with 16 reviews
  27. 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 3.8676470588235294 out of 5 with 68 reviews
  28. 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 out of 5 with 3 reviews
  29. 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 3.6 out of 5 with 45 reviews
  30. 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 4.571428571428571 out of 5 with 21 reviews