Think You Know Your Climbing Terms? Take This Quiz and Find Out.

Climbing is a jargon-filled sport. And sometimes the jargon isn't even a complete word—it's an abbreviation.

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RPs, ATCs, PCDs … what on earth? At times, learning new climbing terms—with its myriad abbreviations—can feel like a science test you didn’t study for.

Drop a little deeper down the rabbit hole, however, and you can start to feel pretty dang cool. Who wouldn’t want to impress their friends by rattling off the true meaning of UHMWPE?


Take this quiz to see how well you can translate various climbing-related abbreviations into real-world know-how.

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