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Published: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:17:25 +0000

 



Facts, Figures and Trivia About the World's...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, rises onthe border of Nepal and Tibet in Asia. Learn interesting facts about Mount Everest, including its first ascent, usual climbing routes, and strange feats on the roof of the world.



How Climbers Do Die on Mount Everest?

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, is also one of the most dangerous. From 6 to 10 percent of climbers who summit die on the mountain.



7 Summits: the Highest Peaks on Each Continent

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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.



5 Interesting Stories and Facts about Mount...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Learn facts about Mount Everest, world's highest mountain, including first American ascent; first flight over Everest; Mt. Everest geology and glaciers; and is Everest really the world's highest mountain.



Learn the Nine Basic Types of Climbing Handholds

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Learn here the nine different types of handholds that you'll encounter on cliffs and how to use each with specific hand movements and techniques.



Facts about the Highest Mountain in Africa

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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 is the Best Glove System for Winter...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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.



Fast Facts About K2: The Second Highest...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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.



What Climbers Should Know About Australia's...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Fast facts about Mount Kosciuszko, the highest mountain in Australia and one of the Seven Summits.



What are 6 Essential Skills for Rappelling?

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Rappelling is a skill-based climbing activity for descending cliffs and mountains with a rope. Learn 6 essential skills that you need to know to rappel safely when rock climbing.



A Climber's Guide to California's Mount Shasta

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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.



Climbing is Dangerous -- Here are 5 Ways to Die...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Learn 5 ways that climbers die--lead falls, rockfall, solo climbing, rappelling, and bad weather. Use basic safety tips and good judgment to stay alive.



How to Climb Mountains: Defining the Sport of...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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.



13 Facts For Climbers About Russia's Highest...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Learn all about Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe, one of the Seven Summits, and one of the most popular but deadliest mountains in the world.



The 4 Types of Climbing Chalk -- Which Is Best...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Climbers use chalk to dry sweaty hands and to enhance their grip on handholds. Learn about the four types of climbing chalk that you can buy and use on the rock.



Keep Your Hands Warm

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

If you're ice climbing or mountaineering in the winter, it's easy to get cold hands and even frostbite. It's important to keep your hands warm. Find out more in this article by Susan Joy Paul about how to keep your hands toasty and protect your digits from frostbite.



Statistics for Climbing Accidents, Injuries,...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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.



How Much Will It Cost You to Climb the 7 Summits?

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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.



Use Climbing Holds with a Full Crimp Grip

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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.



10 Tips for Safe Rock Climbing

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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.



Why is the Matterhorn Switzerland's Most Famous...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Learn all about about the Matterhorn and climbing the Matterhorn, Switzerland's most famous mountain and a symbol of the European Alps.



Understanding the Geology of Mount Everest

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Why are marine fossils on top of Mt. Everest? Learn about Mt. Everest's unique geology, its 3 rock layers, and why it is still rising higher.



The 4 Best Knots to Tie Rappel Ropes Together

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

If you're out climbing and need to rappel off the cliff, here are the four best knots to tie your climbing ropes together.



Free Solo Climbing is Dangerous and Deadly

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Free solo climbing is dangerous. Free soloing, climbing without a rope and gear, is a high-stakes game. If the climber falls, he dies. Learn about free solo climbing and why its deadly allure.



4 Friction Knots All Climbers Need to Know

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Every climber needs to know these 4 friction knots to climb a rope in an emergency or to escape a belay.



Who are the 5 Greatest Mount Everest Climbers?

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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?



6 Tips to Improve Your Climbing Movement Skills

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Learn 6 climbing movement tips to improve performance. Learn climbing strategies and how to use your feet and hands. Practice them and climb better.



Learn Basic Belaying Skills for Climbing

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Belaying is an important climbing skill. Learn and practice the basics about belaying and how to use a belay device at your local climbing gym.



How to Tie and Use an Autoblock Knot for Climbing

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Learn how to tie and use an autoblock knot, an essential safety knot used in climbing and rappelling.






Facts for Climbers About the Highest Mountain...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Mount Rainier, Washington's highest mountain, is the 4th highest mountain in the USA. Learn interesting facts about Mount Rainier and how to climb it.



What Climbers Should Know About South America's...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Learn interesting climbing and geographic facts about Aconcagua, the highest mountain in South America and one of the Seven Summits.



7 Pieces of Rappelling Equipment All Climbers...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Here is your essential rappelling equipment, including rope, rappel device, anchor gear, slings, harness, belay gloves, and personal anchor tether.



Adventure on Kangchenjunga: Climbing to the...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Kangchenjunga is the highest mountain in India and second highest in Nepal and is the easternmost 8,000-meter peak.



How to Tie and Use a Prusik Knot

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Learn how to tie a Prusik knot, an important knot used in climbing for ascending ropes and in emergency situations.



Whoa! Check Out These Odd Mount Everest Stories!

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

From an unknown Soviet attempt to a bizarre solo attempt, here are four strange stories about Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world.



6 Basic Finger Grips for Face Climbing

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

To be a successful climber you need to learn how to use handholds effectively and the 6 basic finger grips for climbing. Practice them at a gym first.



All About Pico de Orizaba: Mexico's Highest...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Learn about Pico de Orizaba, popular among mountain climbers and the highest mountain in Mexico, it is also the highest volcano in North America.



What Are the 14 Highest Mountains in the World?

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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.



Do I Weigh Too Much to Rock Climb?

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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What Climbers Should Know About Japan's Mount...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Learn facts and trivia about Mount Fuji, Japan's highest mountain and one of the world's most beautiful mountains, and how to climb Mount Fuji.



9 Weather Signs of an Incoming Storm

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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.



How to Avoid Climbing Injuries

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Climbing is a physical sport so you can get injured if you're not careful. Learn to avoid climbing injuries and accidents, and what to do if you're injured climbing by following these smart climbing tips.



How to Master Toprope Climbing Basics

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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.



Climbing Mount Whitney -- Facts about...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Mount Whitney, a popular peak for climbing, is California's highest mountain and the highest in the Lower 48 states. Learn cool facts and trivia about Whitney.



How Safe is Climbing? Results will Surprise You

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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.



Your Essential Bouldering Equipment

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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.






Facts About Shiprock — Sacred Navajo Peak...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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.



Climb Mount Kenya, Africa's Second Highest Peak

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Learn all about Mount Kenya, popular with rock climbers and mountaineers since it offers a greater challenge than Kilimanjaro.






What Can Go Wrong Rappelling? How to Stay Safe

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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.



All about the 10th Highest Mountain in the...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Learn all about Annapurna, the tenth highest mountain in the world, and one of the world's 14 8,000-meter peaks.



Facts About Nevado Ojos del Salado in Chile

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Ojos del Salado is the second highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere and the highest mountain in Chile. Learn more about the world's highest active volcano, including a controversy over its elevation and where the world's highest lake is located.



Survive a Fall Through Thin Ice

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z




Parts of a Climbing Harness

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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.



How Much Does it Cost to Climb Kilimanjaro?

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

How much does it cost to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain? Plan your trip and make a budget for a Kilimanjaro climbing adventure.



What are the Best Knots for Rock Climbing?

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Learn about the best rock climbing knots; rappel knots; knot strength; how to tie knots; types of knots; and why knots keep you safe when climbing.



Chalk Bags are Essential Climbing Equipment

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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.



How to Climb the Abruzzi Spur on K2

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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 plans to climb to the summit of K2.



Which Climbing Harness is Best for You?

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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.



What Climbers Need to Know About Mont Blanc in...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Learn all about Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in western Europe and the Alps, and a popular mountain for climbers.



What are the 3 Main Rock Types for Climbing?

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

There are 3 main rocks for climbing: granite, sandstone, and limestone. Learn about these rock types, how they form; and how and where to climb them.



Climb with a Half Crimp Grip -- How to Use...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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.



Types of Pitons (Anchors) for Rock Climbing

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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.



What Kind of Equipment Do You Need for Caving?

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

If you're caving, you need the right equipment. Here is the essential caving equipment that you need, including helmet, headlamp, and caving clothing.






4 Ways to Descend Cliffs and Mountains: Walk...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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.



Mount Vinson: Highest Mountain in Antarctica

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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.



Why Belaying is an Essential Climbing Skill and...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Belaying, simply a climber holding the rope for another climber, is an essential climbing skill. Learn about belaying and how to give a safe belay.



Do I Have to be Strong to Go Rock Climbing?

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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How to Use the ON BELAY Climbing Voice Command

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

ON BELAY is a climbing voice command used by climbers at the base of a route as well as at the beginning and end of a pitch higher up the cliff.



Nanga Parbat: 9th Highest Mountain in the World

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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.



Should I Go on a Guided or Non-Guided...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

After asking: How much does it cost to climb Mount Everest? the next second question climbers ask is: Should I go on a guided or non-guided expedition to Everest? Learn why non-guided expeditions are not the best deal to reach the summit and return safely.



How to Use Sewn Slings for Climbing Safety

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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.






Essential Climbing Equipment for Belaying and...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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.



Climbing on Mount Everest in 2013

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

The year 2013 was filled with climbing adventures, first ascents, deaths, accidents, and a brawl on Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. Read this recap of the 2013's best climbs on Mount Everest.






Why Petrarch Became the First Climber in 1336

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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What Equipment is Essential for Sport Climbing

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Here's all the basic climbing equipment that you need to go sport climbing, including a rope, quickdraws, locking carabiners, personal gear, and rock shoes.



8 Indoor Tips to Improve Your Outside Footwork

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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.



Use Ascends to Climb Fixed Ropes on Big Walls

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Ascenders are used to ascend a fixed ropes on big walls and following aid routes. Learn about ascenders and safety tips when you use ascenders.



Climbing FAQ: Am I too Old to Start Climbing? Nah

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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.






How to Tie a Figure-8 Follow-Through Knot for...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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.



Aid Climbing Uses Gear to Ascend Blank Faces

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

What is aid climbng? Here is a definition of Aid Climbing, climbing words for the process of ascending cliffs by using the aid and assistance of climbing equipment for upward progress.



All About Mount Elbert: Colorado's Highest...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Facts and figures about Mount Elbert, the highest mountain in Colorado.



Use Climbing Voice Commands for Safe Communicat...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Climbing voice commands are basic verbal commands that rock climbers use to communicate with each other when they're climbing. Learn why climbers use voice commands and what the basic voice commands are.



Climbing Wet Sandstone Damages the Rock and...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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.



About Carstensz Pyramid: Highest Mountain in...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Learn about Carstensz Pyramid, the highest mountain in Oceania, an area including Australia, New Guinea, Indonesia, and New Zealand, and one of the Seven Summits.






Climbing Mt. Washington, New England's Highest...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Learn lots of interesting facts and data about Mount Washington, the highest mountain in New Hampshire and New England.



Can I Rock Climb If I'm Afraid of Heights?

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Advice on how to rock climb if you're afraid of heights.



How to Use Footholds and Handholds When You're...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

You need to learn how to use handholds and footholds when you're climbing without readjusting or trying to find the sweet spot on the hold. The proper selection and use of holds lets you climb faster, more efficiently, and more securely. Learn how to use holds and climb better and higher.



5 Sacred Climbing Areas in the American West

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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.



Which Clothes Should You Wear Rock Climbing?

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Which clothes should you wear rock climbing? Learn about comfortable, loose-fitting climbing clothes, what to wear in summer, and how to dress in layers.



Do Drones Pester and Annoy Climbers, Wildlife,...

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

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.






How to Pull Your Rappel Ropes Down After Climbing

2017-02-21T11:17:25Z

Rappelling requires essential climbing skills to be safe. Learn how to pull ropes to avoid hang-ups and how to safely retrieve ropes after rappelling.