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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, …

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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 …

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The Top 6 Benefits of Mountain Climbing | Physical, Mental, Social and More!

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ur team of writers here at The Climbers Edge would be first in line to tell you all about the benefits of mountain climbing as they are numerous and dramatic.  It’s tough to overstate the physical benefits from cardiovascular superiority to muscular toning, to mental well-being.  The benefits continue with social connections (which can give rise to economic and financial …

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How Do I Get Started in Mountain Climbing? | Mountaineering Overview

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Introduction to Craziness! ountaineering is a complex and difficult sport to explain in its entirety without actually experiencing an excursion.  Academically speaking, mountaineering can be described as a hike uphill for many hours, often struggling to breathe normally, pushing your body to its limits for the sake of reaching the top of some geological structure. It’s 90% suffering for 10% …

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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) …

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The Practical Guide to Bouldering : How to Fall Properly

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espite 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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How Do I Get Started in Rock Climbing? | Our Guide to Get You on the Wall

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his 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 …

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What is Mountain Climbing? | A Beginner’s Overview and Guide

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ikipedia 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. …

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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 …

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