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How to Climb the Abruzzi Spur on K2

2017-01-18T11:02:53Z

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.



Types of Pitons (Anchors) for Rock Climbing

2017-01-18T11:02:53Z

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 are the 3 Main Rock Types for Climbing?

2017-01-18T11:02:53Z

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.



Statistics for Climbing Accidents, Injuries,...

2017-01-18T11:02:53Z

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.



The 4 Best Knots to Tie Rappel Ropes Together

2017-01-18T11:02:53Z

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



Keep Your Hands Warm

2017-01-18T11:02:53Z

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.



How to Tie and Use an Autoblock Knot for Climbing

2017-01-18T11:02:53Z

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






Who are the 5 Greatest Mount Everest Climbers?

2017-01-18T11:02:53Z

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?



Chalk Bags are Essential Climbing Equipment

2017-01-18T11:02:53Z

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.



What is the Best Glove System for Winter...

2017-01-18T11:02:53Z

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.






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

2017-01-18T11:02:53Z

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



Facts About Shiprock — Sacred Navajo Peak...

2017-01-18T11:02:53Z

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.



7 Pieces of Rappelling Equipment All Climbers...

2017-01-18T11:02:53Z

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



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

2017-01-18T11:02:53Z

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.



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

2017-01-18T11:02:53Z

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.



Learn the Nine Basic Types of Climbing Handholds

2017-01-18T11:02:53Z

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.



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

2017-01-18T11:02:53Z

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



What Are the 14 Highest Mountains in the World?

2017-01-18T11:02:53Z

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.



6 Basic Finger Grips for Face Climbing

2017-01-18T11:02:53Z

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.



Parts of a Climbing Harness

2017-01-18T11:02:53Z

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.



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

2017-01-18T11:02:53Z

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.



10 Tips for Safe Rock Climbing

2017-01-18T11:02:53Z

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.



Facts for Climbers About the Highest Mountain...

2017-01-18T11:02:53Z

Learn interesting climbing history and geographic facts about Denali, also called Mount McKinley, the highest mountain in North America, the United States, and Alaska, and one of the Seven Summits.



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

2017-01-18T11:02:53Z

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.