Whether you’re a climber from Southern California or from Northern Vietnam, these will probably be familiar, and they probably changed the way you do business.
Descending at maximum efficiency on long routes should include lowering techniques as well as rappelling. Here's how to make it work.
A comprehensive guide to skin care for rock climbing.
The unique way women inspire each other to climb.
Use a long cordelette or sling to create a fast, safe, and easy self-equalizing quad anchor
We asked 12 pros: What's the best piece of climbing advice you've received? Some of their answers are obvious, others are enlightening. But all are worthy considerations when out on the rock, plastic, or ice.
Eight routes that keep the adventure high and the difficulty manageable.
Sandbag: (noun) A route of substantially elevated difficulty in comparison to others of the same grade. (verb) To suggest a route of such character to a friend.
Some climbers wait to attempt famous free routes until they’re good enough to do them in perfect style. But what if you are never that good? Purists would say you should stay off the climb—leave it for those who have the necessary strength and talent. I say go for it, with a few points of A0.
Granite. Climbers love it, even as it tears their flesh, steals their gear, and makes them feel oh-so-small. You know how granite feels under your hands and feet, how it smells, and the way it turns to gold in the last light of day, but here are a few things you probably didn't know.
Solid on 5.9 gear routes? Ready for the greatest adventure of your life? From hauling to lower-outs and poop tubes, our step-by-step guide will show you the way.
When we're in a flow state we not only climb our best but also feel our best—it doesn’t matter if we fail because we know we could not have done any better.
Michael Reardon fell while free soloing... and lived. So Did John Bachar, James Lucas, Doug Heinrich, and Ben Heason. One of the five later died soloing.
On the sharp end and otherwise at the Midwest's most storied climbing area.
Almost every climber has ambitions, but often we simply don’t know how to move forward or at what pace—and so, perhaps, we plateau. Fortunately, there are five simple ways to track your goals and encourage steady progress.
What do you do if you find an injured solo climber halfway up a 1,600-foot face? In the 1930s, the only option was a high-elevation piggyback ride.
Out of draws, the leader opted to hold onto the chains and untie to thread.
We spot boulder problems. Sometimes we spot climbers before they clip their first piece of pro. Now imagine spotting a climber falling 60 feet.
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In a crisis, decisive action may be the difference between life and death. Sometimes only a bystander is prepared to take that step.
He bought all new gear then hit the cliff with his son. Unfortunately, he hadn't learned to climb and put both their lives in danger.
Where do you find superhuman strength? If someone you love is utterly dependent on your efforts, sometimes you discover it’s already within you.
A tiny ledge three pitches off the ground. The anchor is unclipped. Your belayer has just fallen over the edge. Now what?
Everyone has heard of the distraught mother lifting a car off of her baby. But grabbing a bolt while saving a falling climber? That one is new.
Unlock hard sequences and recover with a solid kneebar.
The climbers thought they might do a variation to the Steck-Salathé and brought a bolt kit—a decision that would prove crucial.
“She’s my favorite international climbing partner,” says Kate Rutherford. "She can make ramen and tuna taste gourmet."
Belaying can strain your neck, causing a host of health issues.
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A few eureka moments, plus years of refinement, led to the tricks, tools, and techniques we take for granted when out bolt-wrasslin’ today.
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Sender Films’ Pete Mortimer shares his secrets to creating fresh, exciting climbing media.
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A 5.9 climber recruits the best climbing coaches in America to see if he can jump two number grades in two months. Here’s what he learned.
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The mountains are perilous places; packing these 10 items can save your life.
With four first winter ascents of 8,000-meter peaks, Simone Moro has taken the art of climbing in harsh conditions to new heights, but controversy plagues his climbing résumé.
Against a background of 10,000-foot peaks, icebergs, and the vast Atlantic Ocean, local Inuit kids in East Greenland are growing up stuck somewhere between traditional ways of life and the quickly encroaching modern world. Communities struggle with record suicide, alcoholism, and abuse rates. Four Icelanders and an American asked the question: Can rock climbing help?
How an immigrant from Portugal helped create America's premier sport climbing destination.
It's too beautiful. It's not crowded enough. You're better off at your local gym.
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Climbing your best requires finding alignment between what you eat, when you eat, and what you're trying to do.
Is it true that the most effective way to improve your climbing is to simply climb? Yes. At least up to a certain point.
Knowing the difference between good and bad bolts can save your life.
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Climbing is a skill sport and simply working on your technique can improve your ability more than any fingerboard workout. Here's how to style your way to the next grade.
Tired of failing on single moves because you lack the power to do them? Then this power program is for you.
More climbers than ever are working from home—and are feeling the strain of 40 hours behind a computer. Here's how to rest up.