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    Climbing Dictionary
    Presenting the 50 most important (and common) climbing terms, the words you need to know in order to speak the language at the cliffs. All have been excerpted in part or in total from the Climbing Dictionary by Matt Samet, published in 2011 by The Mountaineers Books and w...
    Matt Samet at Climbing Magazine
    Rock Climbing Photo: Like this
    On the Beaten Path
    Today is going to be a good day. You’re going climbing. And you want to get to the base of the climb or boulder field as quickly as possible. But taking the most direct route to your destination can severely impact the environment. Going off trail, cutting switchbacks, a...
    Access Fund
    Rock Climbing Photo: Do's in black ink, Don'ts in red ink!
    Tread Lightly to Protect Access
    Climbing, once an obscure activity with few participants, has become a mainstream form of outdoor recreation. And our impact on the environment and others around us is under increasing scrutiny. As climbers, we must show a healthy respect for the places and policies where...
    Access Fund
    Rock Climbing Photo: Respecting raptors
    Raptors: Understanding Climbing Restrictions
    The defining moment of a climb might just as likely be the glimpse of a rare raptor gliding overhead as a particularly difficult sequence of moves. As climbers, we gain a unique perspective on the world and on the wildlife that inhabits vertical spaces. This intimacy with...
    Access Fund
    Rock Climbing Photo: Crag dog
    Crag Dogs
    It’s a hotly contested topic among climbers, not far behind the “to bolt or not to bolt” debate. We aren’t here to condemn or condone, but to offer some insight on when and where it’s legal to bring your dog and some guidelines for appropriate crag dog behavior.
    Access Fund
    Poop: Waste Disposal Strategies
    Everybody does it. Whether you’re cragging, hanging off the side of a big wall, or making your way across a glacier, poop happens. But did you know that the improper disposal of human waste can threaten access? Land managers don’t look kindly on human feces coming in co...
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    Good Pooping Practices
    Shit happens. The average person generates just more than one pound of poop every day, according to the World Health Organization. As the number of people visiting crags grows, so do the pounds of poo left behind. This requires some strategic practices. Few things are as ...
    Laura Snider at Climbing Magazine
    Rock Climbing Photo: Access Fund Gorilla Says...
    The Access Fund Gorilla Says...
    Access Fund Gorilla Says... Gorilla attacks Chris Schulte for stashing pads. Don't Stash Pads: It's illegal and can get your climbing area closed. Gorilla attacks pro climber, Alex Johnson for littering at her favorite boulder f...
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    Rock Climbing Photo: How to Rappel by Ben Fullerton
    Learn the Basics of Rappelling
    Getting to the top of any route is a success, but it also means one thing: You’re only halfway there. To descend single- and multi-pitch routes, rappelling is an excellent option that gets you down quickly and puts minimal wear on fixed anchors. The process of rappelling...
    Julie Ellison at Climbing Magazine
    Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing in a storm by Mike Clelland
    How to Avoid Lightning When Rock Climbing
    It happens to the best (and even the fastest) of us. Hundreds of feet off the deck, you suddenly find yourself trapped, pinned down by an ugly beast spitting white-hot lightning and drowning the rock. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees when dealing with objective haza...
    Matt Samet at Climbing Magazine
    10 Things You Didn’t Know About Dynos
    Call them what you will—“sloppy,” “desperate,” “intimidating,” “amazing”—but dynamic moves are essential to our repertoire. The first climber to dyno? Who knows, but John Gill certainly got the ball rolling with his powerful, dynamic style in the late 1950s. Chr...
    By Matt Samet at Climbing Magazine
    Rock Climbing Photo: Take the whip, take the whip!—ooh, but not like t...
    50 Ways to Flail
    I've been climbing for more than 15 years, and the mistakes I've made cover the gamut. My knot came partly untied while I was climbing at Joshua Tree; I've threaded my belay device backward; partway up El Capitan, my partner once completely unclipped me from a belay. Wors...
    Laura Snider at Climbing Magazine
    Rock Climbing Photo: Personal anchor  by Jamie Givens
    Personal Anchor Tethers for Climbing Safely
    Traditionally, climbers have anchored to the belay by tying in directly with the rope. Now, many prefer the convenience of personal anchor tethers specifically designed for this purpose for belays, as well as for cleaning the top anchor on a sport climb or anchoring durin...
    Lee Lang at Climbing Magazine
    Rock Climbing Photo: Meditation in the brain
    Mental Tricks to Get Through Tough Climbs
    Notoriously sandbagged routes are intimidating. They can cause anxiety and lead to disappointment if you don’t redpoint the grade you’re used to completing easily. Arno Ilgner, author of The Rock Warrior’s Way, says the first step to combatting anxiety when faced with ...
    Amanda Fox and Susan Costa at Climbing Magazine

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