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Rock Climbing Skills Articles

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  1. 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 314 reviews
  2. 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 284 reviews
  3. 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 252 reviews
  4. 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 4.25 out of 5 with 230 reviews
  5. 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 227 reviews
  6. 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 177 reviews
  7. 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 158 reviews
  8. 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 104 reviews
  9. 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 96 reviews
  10. 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 86 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 80 reviews
  12. 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 4.25 out of 5 with 78 reviews
  13. Skills

    Sport Climbing Basics

    We break down the basics of sport climbing and include info on bolted routes, harnesses, shoes, quickdraws and carabiners.

    rated 3.75 out of 5 with 65 reviews
  14. Skills

    How to Set and Clean a Top-Rope Anchor

    Learn what top rope climbing is and how to set up and clean a versatile top-rope anchor: the quad.

    rated 3.75 out of 5 with 56 reviews
  15. Skills

    Lead Climbing: How to Place Trad Gear

    Learning how to place trad gear is an essential skill as you progress as a climber. This article teaches you how to place stoppers and cams.

    rated 3.75 out of 5 with 56 reviews
  16. Skills

    Lead Climbing Basics

    Read about the basics of lead climbing, including what lead climbing entails, how to learn to do it and what gear is required.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 43 reviews
  17. 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 36 reviews
  18. Skills

    Lead Climbing: How to Clip Quickdraws

    Learn how to quickly and efficiently clip quickdraws so you can move through the crux moves safely and securely.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 31 reviews
  19. 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 31 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 4.75 out of 5 with 26 reviews
  21. Skills

    How to Fall While Rock Climbing

    As a lead climber, learn how to manage the rope, to communicate with your belayer and how to position yourself before and during a fall.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 21 reviews
  22. 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 4.25 out of 5 with 21 reviews
  23. Skills

    How to Climb Finger Cracks

    If you have basic crack climbing technique but are ready to go to the next level, you’re ready to learn how to climb a finger crack.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 7 reviews
  24. Skills

    How to Use a Hangboard to Train for Rock Climbing

    Increasing finger strength is key when you’re looking to take your climbing to the next level.

    rated 5 out of 5 with 4 reviews