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Deep Water Soloing for Beginners – 14 Quick Tips!

In Good to Know, Pro Advice, Skills by Pete

If 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: August 20th, 2018 by Pete
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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? In 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: June 29th, 2018 by Pete
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A Complete Guide for Belayers

In Good to Know, Pro Advice, Skills by Pete

There 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: June 29th, 2018 by Pete
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The Practical Guide to Bouldering : How to Fall Properly

In Pro Advice, Skills by Pete

Despite the fact that boulderers stay closer to the ground than sport and trad climbers, the rate of injury among boulderers is relatively high because of the fact that when you’re bouldering, every fall is a ground fall. Dedicated boulderers spend hours every week training strength and technique, but if they aren’t comfortable and confident in their ability to fall …

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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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What Gear Do I Need to Start Mountain Climbing? Our Definitive Gear Checklist to Get You Started

In Pro Advice, Skills by Pete

Something I’ve learned over the years is that it is absolutely crucial to have the right gear when mountain climbing. By the way, please keep in mind that much of the equipment and gear I’ll be talking about is also good for a fair-weather hike in the lower regions of an alpine environment, and not necessarily the best items for …

What Gear Do I Need to Start Mountain Climbing? Our Definitive Gear Checklist to Get You Started was last modified: March 21st, 2018 by Pete
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How Do I Get Started in Rock Climbing? | Our Guide to Get You on the Wall

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This was our second trip out to Joshua Tree National Park. The first one had been a spontaneous decision during a church retreat in Palm Springs. As such, I had not been prepared for the wilderness before me. When I stood in front of a mountain that I was supposed to climb with simply a rope to keep me from …

How Do I Get Started in Rock Climbing? | Our Guide to Get You on the Wall was last modified: March 21st, 2018 by Pete
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What is Mountain Climbing? | A Beginner’s Overview and Guide

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Wikipedia defines mountain climbing as “a hobby where people climb mountains”. Pretty simple huh? Well, that’s a start, but let’s jump into some details! Mountain climbing, to add to the above definition, is the sport of climbing mountains in different weather conditions, climates, terrains, and environments. It is a pursuit in which the climber attempts to reach the summit ultimately. …

What is Mountain Climbing? | A Beginner’s Overview and Guide was last modified: March 7th, 2018 by Pete
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How Do I Train For Rock Climbing? | A Beginner’s Guide to Cross-Training

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Cross Training to Climb Rocks Cross-training: a dirty word, filled with memories of betrayal and pain. As a former competitive swimmer, this word always meant one thing: running, which of course felt useless since I wasn’t running in the water! I was swimming! What use did land workouts have for me, an aquatic competitor?! Now that I am a couple …

How Do I Train For Rock Climbing? | A Beginner’s Guide to Cross-Training was last modified: March 7th, 2018 by Pete
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What is Rappelling? | A Beginner’s Guide

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I enjoy rappelling. It’s that simple! Rappelling down a 50-meter cliff and thinking about navigating the best route while your arm strength is slowly, but surely fading, has to be the best adrenaline-packed feeling in the world. And I am not alone. In almost every part of the world, from Canada to Nepal, wherever there is a mountain, there is …

What is Rappelling? | A Beginner’s Guide was last modified: March 6th, 2018 by Pete