Rock Climbing


A Beginner's Guide to Rock Climbing

An introduction for those looking to gain information on starting the sport of rock climbing.


Climbing and the Fear of Heights

Fear is a very strong emotion which can be paralyzing and really ruin your day. Many people believe that climbing and fear of heights are not compatible. But, I assure you this is not true. You can be afraid of heights and still be able to enjoy climbing without being a self-destructive masochist.


What Gear Do I Need to Start Lead Climbing Outdoors?

Check out what essential gear you need to start lead climbing.


What Gear Do I Need to Start Climbing Indoors?

Here's everything you'll need to start climbing indoors.


Dear Intimidated First-Time Rock Climbers: You’ve Got This

Information, advice, and moral support for new or aspiring climbers, based on personal experience.


What Is a Piton? (Some Mountaineering and Rock Climbing History)

Pitons represent rock climbing history and the long standing clash between climbing equipment and environmental impacts. Learn about this type of climbing protection and how to use them safely.


Rock climbing exercises for training at home

The best training for Rock Climbing is climbing, but we can't always be on the warm. Here are training exercises you can do at home to better a better rock climber!


Benefits of Rock Climbing

Do the benefits of rock climbing outweigh the risks? You betcha! Rock climbing is great exercise, improves mental health, and provides a great social network.


Common Rock Climbing Terms and Climbing Slang

Provides a glossary of common rock climbing terms for beginner climbers.


How to Make a DIY Gear Sling for Climbing

Outbound Dan demonstrates how to easily make an inexpensive do-it-yourself climbing gear sling in about 30 minutes. The perfect sling for climbing, mountaineering, and search and rescue is only a few stitches away.


Closed Grips Vs Open Grips in Rock Climbing

The terms open grip and closed grip are often used when discussing rock climbing. Learn the differences and when each type of grip is used.


Names of Indoor Rock Climbing Holds and How to Use Different Types

Indoor rock climbing holds come in all shapes and sizes. Learning climbing hold names and types is essential to improving your climbing.


Hike and Swim Arizona's Salome Jug

Making our way through "The Jug," a slot canyon along Salome Creek: a trip report


Top Ten Sport Climbing Areas In Colorado

Colorado is home to some of the best rock climbing in the world. Check out my top ten sport climbing destinations in the state.


Rock Rescue Academy Part 4: Learning to Belay

Technical rescue training with Search & Rescue: Learning to belay


10 Tips on How to Improve Your Rock Climbing Ability

The best thing you can do to get better at rock climbing is to climb more. A lot of newbies I've introduced to rock climbing often feel they need to build up more strength before they can start rock climbing in earnest, but this is a mistake. If...


Rock Rescue Academy Part 3: Raising Systems

Technical rescue training with Search & Rescue: mechanical advantage, pulley systems, and packaging the patient for a raise.


Rock Rescue Academy Part 2: Learning to Ascend and Rig Anchors

Technical rescue training with my teammates from Coconino County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team.


Rock Rescue Academy Part 1: Learning to Rappel

Technical rescue training with my Search & Rescue team.


The Virgin's Guide to Climbing at Joshua Tree

Whether you are coming to Joshua Tree to rock climb, hike, birdwatch, plant-gaze, or work (it's a great photographer's location), a little bit of info can make the trip more pleasurable.