Use this expert advice to never lose touch with your partner on a long route.
It seems simple in theory—throw your heel around a hold or feature to use those powerful leg muscles to pull you into the wall—but it’s much more nuanced in practice. Here's how to perfect it.
Aid climbing is the one sure-fire way to accelerate the trad climbing learning curve
Progress capture devices can be used to save energy and climb harder on big alpine routes.
Dropped, forgotten, or mysteriously vanished gear can ruin a climbing day. Worst case, it can be life-threatening. But with a little know-how, you can recover from bone-headed mistakes and keep climbing—and also impress friends with your savvy.
Master the standard knot for tying in to the rope
The tougher you are mentally, the easier tough things will feel and the quicker you can recalibrate in the face of adversity.
Crack climbing wizard JP “Peewee” Ouellet shares how to use rubber, tape, and glue to climb off-size splitters without destroying your skin.
Use these methods for better rappelling—and rap backups.
This versatile hitch has a myriad uses. Here's yet another one.
Use a long cordelette or sling to create a fast, safe, and easy self-equalizing quad anchor
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Uneven stances, hanging belays, anchors, roots and rocks your rope can snag on...belaying outside is full of hazards that aren't replicated in the gym. Here are some strategies to keep both the climber and belayer safe and secure.
Is it true that the most effective way to improve your climbing is to simply climb? Yes. At least up to a certain point.
Most of us learn to feel comfortable on finger and hand jams relatively quickly. But off-hands? Fists? Corners? Those techniques don't come quite as easily.
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Assign point values to each piece in an anchor to assess overall reliability
More fundamentals for multi-pitch awesomeness to get you to the top—and back down—safely.
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Learn to climb upside down for steep, wide cracks.
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