101 Rock Climbing Tips and Tricks
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101 Rock Climbing Tips and Tricks is for climbers who have a handle on the basics (they know how to belay and rappel, for example) and are looking for ways to climb better, climb more efficiently, and make their climbing life easier. Beginning and intermediate climbers will find a lot of useful information in these tips and even advanced climbers will likely find some new tricks to implement.
In this book are 101 rock climbing tips that the author wrote over a period of two years for a now-defunct rock climbing blog, and which are now exclusively available again for the first time. The tips are based on the experiences of the author, who has been climbing for more than 16 years and has established over 200 new routes, including the second longest sport climb in the United States. He's been in Climbing magazine twice.
The 101 rock climbing tips are broken into the following 9 categories:
• Essential climbing tips (17 tips)
• General climbing tips (12 tips)
• Sport climbing tips (6 tips)
• Trad climbing tips (15 tips)
• Multi-pitch tips climbs (14 tips)
• Gear tips (23 tips)
• Training and downtime tips (5 tips)
• Rappelling tips (5 tips)
• Other tips (4 tips)
Included in the book are 31 photos and illustrations to help explain and clarify the text.
Here are a few examples of the kinds of tips and tricks you can expect to find in the book:
#3 - Should you practice falling?
#8 - 9 ways to climb better without even trying
#18 - How to read a route in 6 steps
#29 - 9 tips for getting over your climbing plateau
#36 - What's the best way to start trad climbing?
#52 - 6 things to consider before doing a multi-pitch route
#65 - 6 ways to score cheap gear
#59 - The $2 climbing knife
#78 - How to jumpstart a car with climbing gear
#79 - The chalk funnel
#87 - 16 things to do with an old rope
And there's a lot more where that came from.
All of the tips and tricks are written in a conversational style that is far removed from the boring, textbookish language used in most instructional climbing literature.
This book is 26,000+ words in length.
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with trekking poles. They’re definitely gear that I’m happy to have handed over my hard-earned money for. 74. How to loosen a stubborn knot Got a really stubborn knot that’s impossible to untie? Try tapping it with a hammer or rock, turning the knot as you hit it so that you strike the knot on all sides. Before too long the stubborn knot will loosen right up. Don’t whack the webbing (or rope or cord) too hard, obviously, and don’t use any jagged rocks. 75. Painful climbing shoes are bad For
in my gear. You think I’m going to trust a .5 cam made by Olga in a godforsaken factory outside Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine? No, I’d rather not. When you’re paying $60 for a cam, you’re paying for peace of mind. That brings me my point: buy the best gear, even if you have to wait a little bit longer to be able to afford it. Buy quality gear that will perform well and last a long time. Don’t get some crappy Eastern European cams because they’re $20 cheaper per cam than a Camalot. Buying the best
but yes, I hate camping. The main reason is that I just don’t sleep well. Even at home in my bed I’m a light sleeper. It doesn’t get any better out on the hard earth in the middle of the friggin desert. But below are some tips that have helped me sleep better so that I can climb better the next day (some of these are applicable only to car camping): 1. Use a pillow – Don’t just use a rolled-up jacket. Use an honest-to-goodness pillow. When I’m backpacking and can’t take a real pillow, I have a
quintessential beginner question. How do you get off of a sport climb without leaving any of your gear behind? Great question! In a nutshell, here’s what you do. Yes, there are other ways to do it, but I feel like this is the safest and most foolproof. When you get to the top of a sport route, clip straight into the anchors with slings and carabiners. The best and safest way to do this is to have two shoulder-length (24”) slings girth-hitched to your harness’s belay loop. I’d say get the