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Rock Climbing


A Beginner's Guide to Rock Climbing

Are you interested in the sport of rock climbing but don't know where to start? Here's a beginner's guide to help jumpstart your adventure!


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. 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.


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)

Did you know that pitons represent rock climbing history and the long-standing clash between climbing equipment and environmental impacts? Learn more about this type of climbing protection and how to use them safely.


Rock Climbing Exercises for Training at Home

Here are training exercises you can do at home to be a better rock climber!


Common Rock Climbing Terms and Slang: Climb Like a Crusher!

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.


Types of Indoor Rock Climbing Holds and How to Use Them

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

A trip report after making our way through "The Jug," a slot canyon along Salome Creek.


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.


Learning to Belay (Rock Rescue Academy)

Technical rescue training with Search & Rescue: Learning to belay.


10 Ways to Get Better at Rock Climbing

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. Read on to learn how to get started rock climbing!


Raising Systems (Rock Rescue Academy)

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


Learning to Ascend and Rig Anchors (Rock Rescue Academy)

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


Learning to Rappel (Rock Rescue Academy)

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.