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What’s the Difference Between Sport and Trad Climbing? A Beginner’s Guide

In Good to Know, Pro Advice, Skills by Pete

I recently started rock climbing again more seriously. I climbed in my teenage years mostly to hang out with the beautiful people at the local rock climbing gym. After finally settling in one spot I decided to seek out a climbing community.  It can be intimidating infiltrating such a sport, not merely for its risk but for the jargon alone. …

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Rock Climbing Bolts : How Do They Work?

In Care & Maintenance, Good to Know, Pro Advice, Skills by Pete

Bolts: Who Places Them and How is it Done? n a nutshell, a climbing bolt is literally a bolt that you screw into a rock face, and it serves as an anchor point for progressing in your climb.  If you learned to climb in a climbing gym or you’re accustomed to climbing at popular sport climbing areas with well-protected routes, …

Rock Climbing Bolts : How Do They Work? was last modified: April 27th, 2019 by Pete
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A Complete Guide for Belayers

In Good to Know, Pro Advice, Skills by Pete

here is nothing more terrifying than watching a beginner belayer belay someone, and it becomes immediately apparent that the belayer either didn’t listen to the instructions or had completely forgotten them. I have been rescued from a refugee camp, flown in sketchy Putt-Putt planes, and seen my belongings go up in smoke, and to this day, I still have more …

A Complete Guide for Belayers was last modified: April 27th, 2019 by Pete
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Mountain Climbing : The Essential Packing Guide

In Good to Know, Pro Advice by Pete

one properly, packing for a mountaineering trip becomes an artful routine. Whether you’re just starting out, or you’ve lost count of the number of trips you’ve taken, packing is still crucial to do accurately and thoughtfully every time. This is an essential guide for packing for a mountaineering trip, covering different lengths and styles to suit your needs in order …

Mountain Climbing : The Essential Packing Guide was last modified: April 27th, 2019 by Pete
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22 Crucial Climbing Checks You Need to Do Now – Before you “Climb On”!

In Good to Know, Pro Advice by Pete

f you are anything like me, then you are constantly forgetting something everywhere you go. I have gotten so bad about forgetting my wallet at home, that I have an extra drivers license in my car, just for those occasions! This can be a real pain when I have to drive long distances or am going to be gone for …

22 Crucial Climbing Checks You Need to Do Now – Before you “Climb On”! was last modified: April 27th, 2019 by Pete
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What is a Crampon? A Beginner’s Guide

In Good to Know, Pro Advice by Pete

rampons are intimidating metal spikes when you don’t know how or why to use them. However, they are a crucial piece of gear for snow and ice sports, such as mountaineering and ice climbing and learning to use them can open up new realms for adventure. They are essential for snow and glacier travel and for safely traversing ice. There …

What is a Crampon? A Beginner’s Guide was last modified: April 27th, 2019 by Pete
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Can I Mountain Climb When I’m Pregnant? What You Need to Know!

In Good to Know, Pro Advice by Pete

hen I learned that there was some controversy and discussion on the topic of high altitude climbing while pregnant, I couldn’t NOT write an article to hopefully clear up some of the misconceptions about climbing while pregnant since I’ve not only lived through it, but I love helping moms-to-be with any advice I can offer. You’ll get a whole lot …

Can I Mountain Climb When I’m Pregnant? What You Need to Know! was last modified: April 27th, 2019 by Pete
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Climbing with Dogs : Should I bring my Dog on a Climbing Trip?

In Good to Know by Pete

Are They Even Allowed? ogs can be excellent companions for outdoor adventure, but there a number of things you ought to consider before deciding to bring your dog with you on your climbing trip. First and foremost, you need to find out if dogs are allowed in the area where you’ll be climbing. National Parks only allow dogs on paved …

Climbing with Dogs : Should I bring my Dog on a Climbing Trip? was last modified: April 27th, 2019 by Pete
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Can Climbing Shoes Get Wet?

In Good to Know, Pro Advice by Pete

enerally speaking, yes, your climbing shoes can get wet while not experiencing any significant damage, though I would strongly suggest you try to keep them as dry as possible throughout their lifetime. Water will not destroy your shoes and generally, they are designed to withstand moisture with almost every use as you most likely sweat and contribute a bit of …

Can Climbing Shoes Get Wet? was last modified: April 27th, 2019 by Pete
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Deep Water Soloing for Beginners – 14 Quick Tips!

In Good to Know, Pro Advice, Skills by Pete

f you’re reading this article, I’m pretty sure you are probably wondering what Deep-Water Soloing is, like I was when I first heard of it. It is not scuba-diving, which was where my mind went first, nor does it mean going at something alone. Deep-Water Soloing, (a.k.a. “Psicobloc”), or DWS, is rock climbing, without any Belay equipment (the solo part) …

Deep Water Soloing for Beginners – 14 Quick Tips! was last modified: April 27th, 2019 by Pete