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Learn How to Rappel: Essential Climbing Skills

2017-02-25T11:02:20Z

Rappelling is a climbing technique that allows you to do a controlled descent down a rope from a cliff or mountain. Learn here all about rappelling and the essential climbing skills you need to learn to safely rappel.



Climbing Mount Whitney -- Facts about...

2017-02-25T11:02:20Z

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

2017-02-25T11:02:20Z

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.



Parts of a Climbing Harness

2017-02-25T11:02:20Z

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.



6 Basic Finger Grips for Face Climbing

2017-02-25T11:02:20Z

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.



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

2017-02-25T11:02:20Z

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.



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

2017-02-25T11:02:20Z

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.



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

2017-02-25T11:02:20Z

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



What are the Best Knots for Rock Climbing?

2017-02-25T11:02:20Z

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.



How to Use the ON BELAY Climbing Voice Command

2017-02-25T11:02:20Z

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.



The 4 Best Knots to Tie Rappel Ropes Together

2017-02-25T11:02:20Z

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



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

2017-02-25T11:02:20Z

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.



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

2017-02-25T11:02:20Z

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.



Facts for Climbers About the Highest Mountain...

2017-02-25T11:02:20Z

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.



7 Pieces of Rappelling Equipment All Climbers...

2017-02-25T11:02:20Z

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



How to Tie and Use a Prusik Knot

2017-02-25T11:02:20Z

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



Which Climbing Harness is Best for You?

2017-02-25T11:02:20Z

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.



Tips to Improve Your Rock Climbing Footwork

2017-02-25T11:02:20Z

How you move and place your feet and rock shoes while you're climbing is important to your success. Efficient foot placement, including watching your foot, placing your foot quietly, and taking small steps is paramount to climbing well. Learn 6 tips about climbing footwork and you'll be climbing harder and higher.



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

2017-02-25T11:02:20Z

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



Climbing Wet Sandstone Damages the Rock and...

2017-02-25T11:02:20Z

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.



Use Climbing Voice Commands for Safe Communicat...

2017-02-25T11:02:20Z

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.



Learn Basic Belaying Skills for Climbing

2017-02-25T11:02:20Z

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.



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

2017-02-25T11:02:20Z

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