Learn about Rock Climbing
Gain a greater insight into the various styles of climbing. Featured is information on bouldering, deep water soloing (psicobloc), top roping, sport climbing, trad climbing, aid climbing, and free soloing.
Styles of rock climbing, easily presented in text-free videos.
An overview of the V-Scale and the Yosemite Decimal System. Also included is a comparison chart covering the Australian, French, British, and Font climbing systems.
Optimal footwork is essential to becoming a great climber. Learn about edging, smearing, heel-hooks, and more.
An introductory guide teaching climbers the fundamentals to appropriately spot fellow boulderers.
An introduction to understanding various styles of rock climbing shoes. We also explore characteristics of harnesses and detail the differences between an ATC and GRIGRI.
Learn about carabiner sizes, weights, noses, and gates. Also find out important quickdraw buying considerations such as length, weight, and rope vs. bolt end gate types.
The learning curve to rock climbing is steep, but as presented are seven avoidable mistakes to rapidly accelerate your development.
An introduction to rock climbing terms, commands, and communication techniques.
This introduction covers both top rope and lead belay techniques with the PBUS method (pull, brake, under, slide) as the foundation. Also discussed is terminology such as live end , dead end , brake hand , and guide hand.
Pertaining to both trad and sport climbing, this overview provides an insight into the fundamental components of taking the lead.
A comprehensive guide to common climbing terms and slang.
Transitioning to Real Rock
Gain an insight into advanced belay techniques including movement, soft/dynamic catches, jugging, and boinking.
A practical guide to learning basic knots, bends, and hitches.
This introduction explains the SERENE method for anchor building: solid, equalized, redundant, efficient, and no extension.
The Art of the Traditional Style
Detailed is the importance of following, studying up on important knots and techniques, practicing on the ground, and mock leading.
Building a trad rack is hard, so we've provided an insight into how to get started.
A short history of the rock climbing cam (or friend). This is essential reading for all climbers placing active protection.
A simplified guide to comparing cam ranges across brands and models.
What would you like to learn?
If you have further questions, please post them in our Forum under the "New to Climbing" thread.
Learning about rock climbing online serves as a tool, but in no way are written articles a substitute for hands-on instruction. Failure to follow appropriate safety measures could result in serious injury or death. If just getting started, seek professional climbing courses offered by AMGA-certified guiding services. Be smart, and climb safe.