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Don’t Know Where To Start? Seven Tips For Beginner Climbers

There’s a lot of advice out there for beginner climbers. Here, find seven top tips, from pro climber Jenya Kazbekova, on where to start.

Injury Prevention

Fix That Aching Elbow!

Elbow problems are the most common climbing injuries after fingers and shoulders. If you are suffering nagging elbow pain, there's a road to recovery.

Nutrition

You Start To Lose 25% Of Your Strength At Age 25. Here’s What To Do About That.

Your body begins to decline sooner than you like, and by age 50 your dietary requirements are quite different than they were when you were younger. But you can beat back aging to some extent by following this advice.

Safety

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The Rock Shoe Bible and Survival Guide

Stop wasting your money on shoes that don't fit or are painful or fail you. Don't be disappointed again. Here's how to buy what' just right, just for you.

People

Climbing pioneer Royal Robbins.

Royal Robbins, The Godfather of Purism

The staunch Yosemite hardman pioneered modern free climbing ethics, and accomplished first ascents of some of America’s most iconic climbs.

Knots

Using trace eight knot to connect climbing harness to rope.

Essential Climbing Knots — The Complete Guide

Seven essential climbing knots to learn first: The Trace Eight, Prusik, Clove Hitch, Ring Bend, Double Fisherman's, Girth Hitch, and Figure-Eight On A Bight.

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Our Reader's Most Popular Article

Weekend Whipper: Ice Soloist Lets Go of Both Axes and Decks. (He Lives.)

There are two miracles in this week's whipper: 1) He survived. 2) He caught the fall on video.

Readers, please send your Weekend Whipper videos, information, and any lessons learned to Anthony Walsh, awalsh@outsideinc.com.

Last week, on a solo ice-climbing trip in the Northeast, Kyle Harris had a very close call.

He was climbing Green Chasm (WI 3) in New Hampshire’s Crawford Notch: a long gully with a lot of snow climbing and a few steps of ice. “I was getting a little over confident in my feet and didn’t engage fully with my left foot,” Harris wrote to Climbing in an email. “Once I stood up, I knew I wanted to go to the right and needed to get my tools to that side. After going over my right hand I realized it would tangle me, so I let go to pass the tool/lanyard through and, at that moment, that poorly-placed left foot came back to get me.”

Harris fell backwards, somersaulting once, before he was able to self arrest in the steep snow with his ice axe. “I would say obviously my lesson learned is to pay better attention to my feet, however I initially shared the video because of the self-arrest,” Harris said. Though not an adequate substitution for good footwork while free soloing, Harris said self-arresting is an important mountain skill and should be “practiced until the action is second nature.” We agree—though a rope would have helped, too!

Happy Friday, and be safe out there this weekend.

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