Lavoro in quota e
Un progetto a cura del Caporale Luca Gobbi.
Le nostre attività si concentrano su
Didattica, con approccio frontale e sul campo, prevalentemente rivolto ad ottimizzzare la tecnica e il lavoro in sicurezza, con approfondimenti specifici nel campo del lavoro in quota e su fiune e della sicurezza applicata al soccorso su corda, il lavoro è prevalentemente svolto in collaborazione con formatori della sicurezza sul lavoro, fornendo i nostri esperti per integrazioni, approfondimenti, e lezioni specifiche sui PDI, le corde, nodi, ed equipaggiamento specifico di questo lavoro.
Soccorso: fornendo operatori altamente qualificati per operazioni avanzate in collaborazione di squadre di ricerca e soccorso, noi crediamo fortemente che il lavoro vero nel soccorso è di squadra, ed il modo migliore di salvare vite è fornire specialisti per arricchire in situazioni particolari i vostri gruppi di soccorso.
Il soccorso è diventato con l'evoluzione della recente normativa un lavoro a tutti gli effetti, si è equiparati ad un lavoratore anche se si è volontari. Un professionista invece esegue questa attività regolarmente, è il suo lavoro in senso stretto. I controlli ci sono sia se l'attività è svolta come lavoratore che come volontario. I principali controlli vertono su:
Abilitazione ai lavoro in quota e su fiune (sia per lavoratori che soccorritori)
SIcurezza su lavoro (d.lgs 81/08)
Formazione su uso DPI 3^ categoria e registrazione nel libretto formativo / schede addestramento personale
Datazione del materiale in uso (Es.: max 5 anni per corde e imbraghi)
Vertical Security: Un progetto nato epr fondere sicurezza, antiterrorismo e CBRNe con il lavoro su quota, attività possibile grazie alla sineergia di due operatori straordinari che saranno a vostra disposizione per questa specialità unica in ITALIA.
Non svolgiamo lavoro/prestazioni dirette/servizi.
Noi lavoriamo esclusivamente in collaborazione, siamo gli unici in Italia ad avere questo approccio, perchè è l'unico approccio che garantisce una reale efficenza e il reale raggiungimento degli scopi.
Noi lavoriamo esclusivamente in affiancamento del vostro gruppo lavoro/docente, siamo un supporto altamente specialistico, non ci sostituiamo a nessuno, questo perché i vostri docenti vi conoscono e conoscono i vostri lavoratori ed hanno improntato un percorso didattico nel corso degli anni, e solo integrando la loro docenza si può realmente migliorare e rendere più competitivo ed efficace il vostro gruppo lavoro/soccorso
Videolezioni su come fare i nodi utilizzati nel lavoro su fune, nel soccorso, o nell'escursionismo/alpinismo/outdoor
Terminologia e traduzione dei termini principali utlizzati nel lavoro su fune, nel soccorso, o nell'escursionismo/alpinismo/outdoor (GLOSSARIO)
glossario termini in ITaliano
ADERENZA (Volg. SPALMARE): Tecnica di arrampicata in cui si utilizza tutta la suola della scarpetta che entra in contatto con la roccia. Prevalentemente usata su placche lisce e non verticali.
ANCORAGGIO (punti di): chiodo, spit, o formazione rocciosa naturale a cui si aggancia un rinvio o una sosta per mettere in sicurezza chi sta arrampicando.
APPIGLIO: il punto in cui si posiziona la mano durante la progressione
APPOGGIO: il punto in cui si posiziona il piede durante la progressione
ARTIFICIALE (ARRAMPICATA): Stile di arrampicata in cui si progredisce utilizzando attrezzature quali staffe, cliffhanger, rurp, scale, ma anche friend e nuts. Spesso agganciati ai punti di assicurazione come spit o chiodi.
ASSICURARE: tenere in sicurezza il primo o il secondo di cordata attraverso l’uso di corda e sistemi di assicurazione (GriGri,Secchiello,Piastrina, Ecc…), questo fa sì che in caso di caduta questa venga frenata e arrestata dalla corda.
ATTACCO: punto di partenza di una via
A VISTA (in inglese: On Sight): chiudere una via senza averla mai provata prima o aver visto qualcuno effettuarla.
AUTOBLOCCANTE (Nodo): Nodo che ha la funzione di scorrere lungo la corda, bloccandosi se caricato del peso di chi arrampica. Sono nodi autobloccanti il prusik e il machard.
AUTOBLOCCANTE (Assicuratore): Sistema di assicurazione a bloccaggio assistito che facilita e rende più intuitivo il bloccaggio della corda rispetto ad un dispositivo a secchiello. Esempio: Petzl GriGri.
BARCAIOLO: Il nodo barcaiolo è un nodo bloccante che viene utilizzato per fissare una qualsiasi corda a un punto di ancoraggio.
BOULDERING (sassismo): arrampicata effettuata su massi erratici, con altezze variabili, senza l’utilizzo di corde o imbragature, a terra si posizionano dei crashpad per attutire le cadute. Il Bouldering si basa su un’arrampicata molto fisica e dinamica fatta di pochi movimenti portati al limite.
CAMINO: stretto canale verticale tra due pareti di roccia.
CAPOCORDATA: il climber che sale per primo durante una scalata e che attrezza la via
CAVANUT: Strumento che ha la funzione di semplificare l’estrazione dei nuts. Esempio: CAMP NUT KEY
CENGIA: terrazzino su una parete rocciosa che permette di stare facilmente in piedi senza bisogno di tenersi alla roccia.
CHIODO: Attrezzo in metallo che si martella nella roccia, al suo termine vi e un anello a cui viene fissato un moschettone per la progressione in sicurezza. ESEMPIO: Ct Climbing Technology Angle Narrow
CLESSIDRA: Formazione rocciosa a forma di colonna che si crea dall’unione di due buchi nella parete. Può essere usata come punto di ancoraggio.
CORDATA: gruppo di persone che arrampicano insieme uniti da una corda. Le cordate sono formate da 2 o 3 componenti. Solo in alcuni casi specifici possono essere composte da più componenti.
DIEDRO: incrocio di due pareti a libro semi-aperto (contrario di spigolo).
DISCENSORE: Attrezzo meccanico che ha la funzione di permettere la discesa in corda doppia o la calata. Esempio: Black Diamond ATC Guide
DULFER: Tecnica di arrampicata basata sull’opposizione tra la spinta dei piedi e la trazione delle mani. Viene utilizzata prevalentemente su lame, diedri e fessure. Prende il nome dal celebre alpinista Hans Dulfer.
FESSURA: spaccatura nella roccia che permette il posizionamento di protezioni veloci o la progressione a incastro.
FALESIA: Parete di roccia che presenta vie di arrampicata sportiva attrezzata
FLASH: chiudere o “flashare” una via in continuità al primo tentativo dopo averla studiata, osservato un climber effettuarla, o essersela fatta spiegare.
FREE SOLO: Arrampicare in solitaria senza l’utilizzo di nessuna protezione o corda (vedi Alex Honnold).
FRIEND: Protezione veloce a camme che si posiziona all’interno di fessure o buchi. Esempio: BLACK DIAMOND CAMALOT ULTRALIGHT FRIEND
GHIERA: Chiusura sicura della leva del moschettone. Normalmente a vite, ma nei moschettoni moderni può essere anche a molla. Esempio: CAMP HMS NITRO LOCK MOSCHETTONE A GHIERA
GRADO DI DIFFICOLTÀ: Con grado di difficoltà si intende la valutazione della difficoltà di una via nei vari tipi di arrampicata e nell’alpinismo.
IMBRAGATURA o IMBRAGO: indumento costituito da larghe cinture di stoffa collegate tra loro dette “brache” (o talvolta in parte impropriamente “braghe”) che, cingendo ai fianchi e alle cosce chi le indossa, ne permette l’assicurazione ad una corda o ad un filo di sicurezza (linea vita) e lo svolgimento di tutte le manovre di sicurezza. Esempio: PETZL ADJAMA
INCASTRO: Tecnica di arrampicata in fessura che consiste nell’inserimento di un arto all’interno di una fessura, e nella sua successiva torsione fino all’incastro, che permette di sostenere il peso del corpo.
LAMA: scaglia di roccia molto sottile separata dalla parete che può essere utilizzata come appiglio.
MAGNESITE: scientificamente carbonato di magnesio sotto forma di polvere (o anche in soluzioone liquida) è utilizzato come anti-traspirante per asciugare il sudore dalla mani di chi arrampica, migliorando la presa. Esempio: METOLIUS SUPER CHALK
MONOTIRO: via di arrampicata composta da un unico tiro, normalmente non superano i 40 metri di lunghezza.
MOULINETTE: Nell’arrampicata in moulinette, chiamata anche top rope, chi arrampica progredisce con la corda fissata in sosta nel punto più alto della via e assicurato dal secondo alla base della parete. Garantisce che l’arrampicatore cada al massimo di una breve distanza e quindi possa tentare con sicurezza anche le vie più difficili.
MULTIPITCH o VIA LUNGA: via di arrampicata composta da più tiri.
NUT: Dado asimmetrico, in metallo, collegato ad un cavetto d’acciaio. Viene incastrato in fessure o spaccature della roccia come protezione veloce. Esempio: CAMP SET PRO NUTS
PASSAGGIO CHIAVE: Il passaggio più difficile della via, quello che da il grado alla via stessa.
PRUSIK: Nodo autobloccante
RESTING o RIPOSO: Quando durante una via ci si ferma su una presa o un appoggio comodo per riposare e riprendere fiato
RINVIO: strumento di sicurezza formato due moschettoni collegati da una fettuccia. Viene fissato all’ancoraggio tramite un moschettone, mentre nell’altro viene fatta passare la corda. Permette di agganciare rapidamente la propria corda ad un punto di ancoraggio limitando l’attrito della corda tra i vari punti di ancoraggio posti durante la salita. Esempio: CT CLIMBING TECHNOLOGY LIME NYLON
RINVIARE: passare la corda dentro al moschettone di un rinvio.
ROTPUNKT: salita di una via di arrampicata sportiva senza effettuare resting.
SPIT o SPITROC: tassello a bussola autoperforante a cui viene fissata una piastrina fornita di un anello nel quale far passare il rinvio. E’ un ancoraggio fisso. Il nome è l’acronimo di Société de Prospection et d’Inventions Techniques, l’azienda francese nata nel 1951, tra i primi a produrlo.
SOSTA:Punto di assicurazione fisso, creata da un insieme di punti di ancoraggio tra loro opportunamente collegati, utilizzati per l’assicurazione della cordata durante la sua progressione su una parete.
TIRO DI CORDA: tratto di arrampicata di una via Multipitch, con lunghezza solitamente inferiore ai 70 metri, tra una sosta all’altra o dall’attacco della via alla prima sosta
UIAA: Unione Internazionale Associazioni Alpinismo
VIA NORMALE: La “via normale” costituisce l’itinerario di minore difficoltà per raggiungere la cima di una montagna.
VIA FERRATA: Salita attrezzata con cavi d’acciaio e staffe
Glossary of climbing terms
Abalakov thread A type of abseiling point used especially in winter and ice climbing. Also known as V-thread.
The area of a glacier where yearly melting meets or exceeds the annual snow fall.
The process by which a climber can descend a fixed rope. Also known as Rappel.
ACR (Alpine Cock Ring)
An anchor method similar to a cordelette but that is dynamically equalizing. It employs a cord and a rappel ring.
Ice ax with adze
A thin blade mounted perpendicular to the handle on an ice axe that can be used for chopping footholds.
A style of climbing in which standing on or pulling oneself up via devices attached to fixed or placed protection is used to make upward progress.
Generally climbing in the mountains. Probably includes a mixture of ice climbing and dry-tooling. Alpine style generally means carrying all gear in a backpack even for multi day climbs.
To use your knee as a way to gain ground on a climb.
To make an efficient start on a long climb by packing all your gear the previous evening and starting early in the morning, usually well before sunrise.
A medical condition that is often observed at high altitudes. Also known as Acute mountain sickness, or AMS. Typical symptoms include headache and nausea. Symptoms dissipate quickly by reducing altitude.
American death triangle
An anchor which is created by connecting a closed loop of cord or webbing between two points of protection, and then suspending the rope from a carabiner clipped to only one strand of said anchor. This creates a triangular shape in the webbing or cord, which places massively multiplied inward forces on the protection, making it a dangerous, ineffective anchor.
An arrangement of one or (usually) more pieces of gear set up to support the weight of a belay or top rope.
The path or route to the start of a technical climb. Although this is generally a walk or, at most, a scramble it is occasionally as hazardous as the climb itself.
A small ridge-like feature or a sharp outward facing corner on a steep rock face
Arête, a narrow ridge of rock formed by glacial erosion
A method of indoor climbing, in which one is able to use such a corner as a hold. See also dihedral.
Jamming an arm into a crack and locking it into place.
(from the French word meaning arched) Used to describe crimping. In this position typically the first set of knuckles are hyperextended and the second have a sharp angle of about 90 degrees. This combines muscular effort with soft tissue tensions in order to apply the load. When used often, this position has been known to over-stress the tendons in fingers and lead to injuries.
To climb a rope using aid device.
A device for ascending on a rope.
The direction in which a slope faces.
A proprietary belay device manufactured by Black Diamond. Has become common term for any tubular belay devices. ATC originally stood for 'Air Traffic Controller'.
A fast method for setting up a two-point anchor in sport climbing, using the climbing rope to attach to the anchor points.
When a climber falls in a manner where the rope that they are attached to runs through their legs; upon falling, the rope tightens and suspends the climber via the rope rather than the harness.
A grading system for bouldering problems, invented by John Gill. Now largely superseded by the "V" grading system.
A piece of training equipment used to improve campusing and core strength.
A potentially hazardous mistake that can be made while lead climbing. The rope is clipped into a quickdraw such that the leader's end runs underneath the quickdraw as opposed to over top of it. If the leader falls, the rope may fold directly over the gate causing it to open and release the rope from the carabiner.
To retreat from a climb.
Climber's right foot pressing on a rock, is preventing him from barn door swing to the right.
A type of aid protection consisting of a nut and a movable ball.
If all points of contact climber has with the wall are on a straight axis, or close to it, his body might swing uncontrollably downward around this axis, like a door on a hinge.
A copperhead intended for pounding into a crack
To protect a roped climber from falling by passing the rope through, or around, any type of friction enhancing belay device. Before belay devices were invented, the rope was simply passed around the belayer's hips to create friction.
A mechanical device used to create friction when belaying by putting bends in the rope. Many types of belay devices exist, including ATC, grigri, Reverso, Sticht plate, eight and tuber. Some belay devices may also be used as descenders. A Munter hitch can sometimes be used instead of a belay device.
The strongest point on the harness. This is the loop you use your belay device on. You should not tie anything around the belay loop such as a daisy chain or sling. The belay loop will wear more quickly.
Called by belayer to confirm belay has been removed from climbing rope. Response to Off belay request.
Called by belayer to confirm belay has been (re)applied to climbing rope. Response to On belay request.
Someone that volunteers for, or is tricked into, repeated belaying duties without partaking in any of the actual climbing.
Typical bolted belay station with bolts set up for belaying and rappeling.
Place where the belayer is belaying, while anchored to the rock or other objects.
An unscheduled overnight bivouac often due to an epic.
Bergschrund (or schrund)
A crevasse that forms on the upper portion of a glacier where the moving section pulls away from the headwall. Also called a 'shrund.
Advice on how to successfully complete (or protect) a particular climbing route, boulder problem, or crux sequence. Some climbers believe that beta 'taints' an ascent.
The clean ascent of a climb on the first attempt, having previously obtained beta or while having beta shouted up from the ground en route. Also see on-sight.
A technique used to keep the feet on when climbing on overhangs. One foot is placed on a foothold and the other foot is placed behind the foothold in a toe hook position. The climber can now squeeze the hold between the feet.
(French "two fingers") A climbing hold, typically a pocket or hueco, that has enough room for two fingers. See also mono.
A climb on which most parties will spend more than one day. Big wall style generally refers to hauling the needed gear (food, water, sleeping bags) in a haulbag. Instead of carrying the gear on their person, the climbers put it in the haul bag and raise it in between pitches.
Bivy (or bivvy)
From the French "bivouac". A camp, or the act of camping, overnight while still on a climbing route off the ground. May involve nothing more than lying down or sitting on a rock ledge without any sleeping gear. When there is no rock ledge available, such as on a sheer vertical wall, a portaledge that hangs from anchors on the wall can be used.
A lightweight garment or sack offering full-body protection from wind and rain.
A large knob of rock or ice used as a belay anchor.
A point of protection permanently installed in a hole drilled into the rock, to which a metal hanger is attached, having a hole for a carabiner or ring.
The deliberate and destructive removal of one or more bolts.
A totally secure anchor. Also known as bomber. Bomber can also refer to a particularly solid handhold or foothold (a "Bomber Jug")
Book or open book
An inside angle in the rock. See also dihedral.
Gear left behind at a climbing area.
To reduce pains from heavy-duty climbing using a harness; such as long-time belaying or bolting a new route, climbers attach their harness with a special type of chair, which is usually light and has multiple high endurance straps and buckles. Similar types are also used in industrial climbing. Also another name for a bowline on a bight, a rescue knot.
The practice of climbing on large boulders. Typically this is close to the ground, so protection takes the form of crash pads and spotting instead of belay ropes.
A large handhold.
Beginner or otherwise incompetent climber.
A slang word, referring to a difficult or uncomfortable hold, often one that tears the skin on the hand.
A climbing technique wherein a hand or foot is moved to one hold then quickly moved up immediately to a further hold. This is often done over short distances advancing from an inferior hold to a superior one.
The art of climbing on buildings, which is often illegal.
Big Buttress, Scottish sea coast
A prominent feature that juts out from a rock or mountain.
A distinctive pile of stones placed to designate a summit or mark a trail, often above the treeline.
A spring-loaded device used as protection.
Motion or position where rotation of a piece of equipment or body part presses it tight against a rock, creating friction and holding it in place. As in Spring-loaded camming device, Heel-Toe Camming, or knee bar camming.
The act of climbing without using any feet.
Training equipment used to build finger strength and strong arm lock-offs.
Metal rings with spring-loaded gates, used as connectors. Usually oval or roughly D shaped. Also known as crab or biner (pronounced kar-uh-bee-ner).
Climbing chalk and a chalk bag
A compound used to improve grip by absorbing sweat. It is actually gymnastics chalk, usually magnesium carbonate. Its use is controversial in some areas.
A hand-sized holder for a climber's chalk that is usually carried on a chalkbelt for easy access during a climb.
Jamming the torso into a wide crack, for resting.
A sliding fall down a slab style climb.
Tied off chicken head
see bollard, horn.
This is a crack climbing technique. A hand is placed on one side of the crack and the shoulder on the other.
A rock cleft with vertical sides mostly parallel, large enough to fit the climber's body into. To climb such a structure, the climber often uses his head, back and feet to apply opposite pressure on the vertical walls.
The process of using such a technique (chimneying).
Improving a hold by permanently altering the rock, which is considered unethical and unacceptable.
A mechanical device, or a wedge, used as anchors in cracks.
A naturally occurring stone wedged in a crack.
Loose or "rotten" rock.
Use of front points of crampons, ice axe pick and ice hammer pick to climb a slope.
To remove equipment from a route.
A route that is free of loose vegetation and rocks.
To complete a climb without falling or resting on the rope. Also see redpoint.
In aid climbing, abbreviated "C", a route that does not require the use of a hammer or any invasive addition of protection (such as pitons or copperheads) into the rock (see protection).
A device for removing jammed equipment, especially nuts, from a route. Also known as a nut key or nut tool.
A region that is plentiful with climbing routes.
A short phrase used for communication between a climber and a belayer.
Specialized indoor climbing centres. See gym climbing. (Usually just called a 'climbing wall' in Britain).
Footwear designed specifically for climbing. Usually well fitting, with a rubber sole.
Particular techniques, or moves, commonly applied in climbing.
Artificial rock, typically in a climbing gym.
The process of attaching to belay lines or anchors for protection.
See Stick clip.
A small pass or "saddle" between two peaks. Excellent for navigation as when standing on one it's always down in two, opposite, directions and up in the two directions in between those.
Industrial hardware used to link or repair steel chains, occasionally adapted by climbers as repel anchors. Cold shuts can be either open, shut or welded. Open cold shuts are the unaltered hardware, which is hammered closed and sometimes welded, resulting in more secure anchors.
A small nut with a head made of soft metal on a loop of wire.
a lock or toggle used to fasten cords with gloved hands. Used on most mountaineering gear.
A long loop of accessory cord used to tie into multiple anchor points.
An inside corner of rock, the opposite to an arête (UK). See Dihedral.
An overhanging edge of snow on a ridge.
A steep gully or gorge frequently filled with snow or ice.
To ascend on a rock face by wedging body parts into cracks, i.e. not face climbing. See jamming and chimney.
A small area with climbing routes, often just a small cliff face or a few boulders.
Metal framework with spikes attached to boots to increase safety on snow and ice.
Using crampons to ascend or descend on ice, preferably with maximum number of points of the crampon into the ice for weight distribution.
Accidentally piercing something with a crampon spike.
To pull on a hold as hard as possible.
A thick mat used to soften landings or to cover hazardous objects in the event of a fall. See: Bouldering mat
Hitting the ground at the end of a fall instead of being caught by the rope.
Cranking on crimps
A hold which is only just big enough to be grasped with the tips of the fingers.
The process of holding onto a crimp.
The most difficult portion of a climb.
A hand grip which is squeezed, over the top or around the side, between the fingers and palm, forming a cup shape with the hand, or applying this type of hold on any protrusion or feature. More commonly known as guppy.
Cut-loose or Cutting feet often result in a large swing.
Where a climber's feet swing away from the rock on overhanging terrain, leaving the climber hanging only by their hands. Also known as "Cutting feet."
(Welsh) A hanging valley, or cirque—a steep-walled semicircular basin in a mountain—sometimes containing a lake; also known as a corrie.
A term in bouldering to accidentally use another route while trying to ascend a route.
A special purpose type of sling with multiple sewn or tied loops, used in aid and big wall climbing. It is designed to hold a climber's bodyweight, rather than arrest a fall, and while the sling as a whole will have a strength rating comparable to that of a standard sling, but the individual side loops (pockets) will typically have much lower ratings. This is because a load between the two strength ratings could cause the pocket stitching to break, allowing the attachment device, typically a carabiner, to slide to the end of the sling before being halted by the greater strength of the webbing material itself.
Referring to the quality of a hold/route. That climb was absolutely dapper.
Type of High Ball boulder, where one can possibly die when falling from above.
To hang limp, such that weight is held by ligament tension rather than muscles.
An object buried into snow to serve as an anchor for an attached rope. One common type of such an anchor is the snow fluke.
A controlled dynamic motion in which the hold is grabbed with one hand at the apex of upward motion of the body, while one or both feet and the other hand maintain contact with the rock. Dynamic motions in which both feet leave the rock are typically called dynos.
To hit the ground, usually the outcome of a fall.
Deep Water Soloing
Free climbing an area that overhangs a deep enough body of water to allow for a safe fall. Often abbreviated DWS.
A device for controlled descent on a rope. Also called a rappel device. Many belay devices may be used as descenders, including ATCs, figure eights, or even carabiners. See rappel.
A ground fall (from Desmond Dekker, a reggae artist and 'to deck').
A pharmaceutical drug used in the treatment of high altitude cerebral edema as well as high altitude pulmonary edema. It is commonly carried on mountain climbing expeditions to help climbers deal with altitude sickness. Also known as "dex".
To have complete understanding of a particular climbing move or route.
A drug used to inhibit the onset of altitude sickness. Otherwise known as acetazolamide.
An inside corner of rock, with more than a 90-degree angle between the faces. See also corner and arête.
See aid climbing
climbers living cheaply and supporting themselves through odd jobs in order to maximize the amount of time climbing. Well known practitioners of this lifestyle include Jan and Herb Conn or Fred Beckey.
Climbers using Double Rope Technique
Double Ropes or Half Ropes
System where the climber is using two thin ropes instead of one thicker one. Double ropes are often used by trad and alpine climbers. They help managing the rope drag, reduce the chances for accidental cutting of the rope by sharp rock edges, and allows full pitch rappeling. Unlike twin ropes, double ropes can be clipped separately into different pieces.
Double Rope Technique (DRT)
The term denotes the use of double ropes.
Doubled Rope Technique (DdRT)
A method used primarily by tree climbers where the rope passes over a support/limb and continuously slides over the limb as the climber ascends or descends.
To descend by climbing downward, typically after completing a climb.
Drag or rope drag
Rope drag occurs when the friction generated from the rope running over the rock and through the quickdraws builds up to the point where it is difficult move or to pull up the rope to clip into protection. There are several ways to prevent rope drag: protection placement that minimizes zig-zaging of the rope and potential for rope being pinched or hooked on a rock, use of long quickdraws like 24 inch alpine draws and use of double ropes.
Old drilled baby angle in sandstone
Drilled baby angle or Drilled Pitons
Type of anchor sometimes used in sandstone or other soft rock instead of bolts. The anchor consist of baby angle piton hammered into drilled hole, which some climbers believe is stronger in soft rock than expansion bolts, which can crack the rock. They were especially popular on desert routes in the US and can be still found on many routes.
Using tools for ice climbing like crampons and ice axes on rock, i.e., not on ice.
A method of rappelling, without mechanical tools, where the uphill rope is straddled by the climber then looped around a hip, across the chest, over the opposite (weak) shoulder, and held with the downhill (strong) hand to adjust the shoulder friction and thus the descending speed.
Technique of stopping a long fall using smooth braking to reduce stress on the protection points and avoid unnecessary trauma from an abrupt stop.
A slightly elastic rope that softens falls to some extent. Also tend to be damaged less severely by heavy loads. Compare with static rope.
Dynamic motion. Body momentum allows the climber to grab a hold that would otherwise be out of reach.
Any move in which body momentum is used to grab a hold that would otherwise be out of reach. As opposed to static technique where three-point suspension and slow, controlled movement is the rule. When both feet leave the rock, it is called a dyno. When one or both feet maintain contact with the rock, it is called a deadpoint.
Tightly gripping handholds, simultaneously flagging out both legs then proceeding to violently kick downwards and inwards in a desperate attempt to produce upwards motion; making the climber resemble an explosive bottom feeder.
Preparing for a dyno
A dynamic motion in which both feet will leave the rock face and return again once the target hold is caught. Non-climbers would call it a jump or a leap.
A thin ledge on the rock.
Using the edge of the climbing shoe on a foothold. In the absence of footholds, smearing is used.
Egyptian or drop knee
Method for reducing muscle strain in arms when holding a side grip. One knee ends up in a lower position with the body twisted towards the other leg. It can give a longer reach as the body and shoulders twist towards a hold. Also known as a "drop knee."
The same position as bridging or chimneying, but with one leg in front and one behind the body.
A mountain whose elevation exceeds 8,000 metres above sea level.
A bouldering move or series of moves in which either certain holds are placed 'off bounds' or other artificial restrictions are imposed.
Wobbly knees resulting from tired legs. See Sewing machine leg.
An ordinary climb rendered difficult by a dangerous combination of weather, injuries, darkness, lack of preparedness or other adverse factors. See Punter.
Acronym for the important points to consider when building anchors. The acronym stands for Equalised, Redundant, No Extension, Strong, and Timely. See also SERENE.
European Death Knot (EDK)
A flat overhand used to join a pair of ropes for retrievable abseils. So named as the technique originated in Europe and the Americans initially distrusted it.
Empty space below a climber, usually referring to a great distance a climber is above the ground or large ledge, or the psychological sense of this distance due to being unprotected, or because the rock angles away due to climbing an arête or overhang.
Hypothermia resulting from prolonged exposure to cold, wind and rain.
Part of UK adjectival grading system, originally short for extremely / exceptionally severe (XS); now split numerically into E1, E2, etc.
To ascend a vertical rock face using finger holds, edges and smears, i.e. not crack climbing.
To unintentionally descend using gravity as an aid. Hopefully stopped by a rope.
An instruction on indoor bouldering routes requiring foot movements match preceding hand movements, with no intermediate moves.
A protrusion or indentation on an indoor climbing wall which is permanently moulded into the wall itself.
A route on a mountain where the safety is provided by steel ropes or chains, permanently fixated to the rock. The progression is often aided by artificial steps or ladders. Typically found in the Alps, also called Klettersteig.
Advanced climbing technique where the climber hooks a leg over the opposite arm, and then pushes down with this leg to achieve a greater vertical reach. Requires strength and a solid handhold.
A belay device or descender shaped like an "8".
A knot commonly used to secure the climber's harness to the climbing rope.
Finger jam or Finger lock
A type of jam using the finger. See climbing technique.
Training equipment used to build finger strength.
The person who performed the first ascent.
First ascent (FA)
The first successful completion of a route.
First free ascent (FFA)
First ascent without aid.
A type of jam using the hand. See climbing technique.
A rope which has a fixed attachment point. Commonly used for abseiling or aid climbing.
Climbing technique where a leg is held in a position to maintain balance, rather than to support weight. Often useful to prevent barn-dooring. There are three types of flagging:
Normal flag: Where the flagging foot stays on the same side (e.g. flagging with the right foot out to the right side of the body)
Reverse inside flag: Where the flagging foot is crossed in front of the foot that is on a foothold
Reverse outside flag: Where the flagging foot is crossed behind the foot that is on a foothold
A thin slab of rock detached from the main face.
A method of untangling a rope in which the rope is run through the climber's hands and allowed to fall into a pile on the ground. Useful when preparing a rope for coiling, or before starting a lead climb, to ensure the rope is fed cleanly and without twists. Often called "flaking out" a rope.
An injury consisting of a piece of loose (flapping) skin. A climber will usually just repair these with sticky tape or super glue.
To successfully and cleanly complete a climbing route on the first attempt after having received beta of some form. Also refers to an ascent of this type. For ascents on the first attempt without receiving beta see on-sight.
A usually insecure fin or flake of rock or ice.
What the second does.
The French bouldering grading system.
Also known as the heel-to-toe jam. It involves jamming the foot into a larger crack by twisting the foot into place, the contact with the crack being on the heel and toes.
Mountain that tops 14,000 feet (4,300 m) in the contiguous United States.
Climbing with your only protection being a parachute that is deployed in the event of a fall. A combination of free soloing, and BASE jumping.
Climbing without unnatural aids, other than used for protection.
Often incorrectly used by non-climbers as a synonym for soloing.
Climbing without aid or protection. This typically means climbing without a rope.
Also known as French climbing, or French freeing, it is the use of aid climbing techniques to bypass a section due to climbing difficulty, rock conditions, etc.; typically for only a short section of the total climb.
An exercise used to develop lock-off strength consisting of pull-ups that stop with the elbows locked at angles between 20 and 160 degrees.
Delicate and easily broken rock, often dangerous.
Climbing technique relying on the friction between the sloped rock and the sole of the shoe to support the climber's weight, as opposed using holds or edges, cracks, etc.
Early Wild Country rigid Friends
A name brand of a type of spring-loaded camming device (SLCD) made by Wild Country, sometimes used to refer to any type of spring-loaded camming device.
A climbing grip using one hand with the thumb down and elbow out, often thought of as a reverse side pull. The grip maintains friction against a hold by pressing outward toward the elbow.
The action of the gate on a carabiner opening during a fall.
A pinnacle or isolated rock tower frequently encountered along a ridge.
A modified dulfersitz rappel using the hip and downhill arm for friction, rather than the chest and shoulder, offering less complexity, but less friction and less control. 'Geneva Style' is also a description used in Australia for what is commonly referred to elsewhere as 'Australian Rappelling'.
walking or climbing on a glacier; a rope is usually used to arrest falls into crevasses, but protection is not used.
A usually voluntary act of sliding down a steep slope of snow.
When a climber is cleaning a route and forgets to pull out a piece or unclip the rope and begins to climb above the piece rendering the top rope ineffective.
Trail mix for periodic nibbling to keep high energy level between meals on long climbs or hikes. The name comes from "good old raisins and peanuts."
Intended as an objective measure of the technical difficulty of a particular climb or bouldering problem. More often is highly subjective, however.
The slope of an incline. (Grade (geography))
A route (often off-width) requiring the use of unconventional and uncomfortable techniques.
Climbing a sport route with the use of traditional gear.
A belay device designed to be easy to use and safer for beginners because it is assisted-braking under load. Invented and manufactured by Petzl. Many experienced climbers advocate the use of an atc type device for beginners.
Scared. Also over gripping the rock.
Accidentally going off-route while leading and becoming lost on a rock face in an area much more difficult than the climb being attempted. The word arises from the climb "Gronk" in Avon Gorge which is notorious for this.
To climb with obviously poor style or technique.
A climbing route judged to be without redeeming virtue.
An inexperienced, unknowledgeable and oblivious climber; is a derogatory term. Gumbies are incapable of learning.
Synonym for cup, commonly used in bouldering.
Climbing indoors, on artificial climbing walls. This is typically for training but many people consider this a worthwhile activity in its own right.
A route that has become climbed excessively, causing the rock to become slippery or "greasy".
High Altitude Cerebral Edema – a severe, and often fatal, form of altitude sickness.
The act of pulling oneself up with both arms parallel in front of your chest. Resembles a Hamster during feeding. That sloper required some hamstering to get to the next move.
Making progress by inserting the hand (usually vertically with the thumb uppermost) into a crack and then pushing the thumb downwards towards the palm. This expands the hand and can make a highly secure placement. In the UK this move was credited with facilitating the advances in free climbing in the late 1940s and 50s made by climbers such as Joe Brown and Don Whillans although they did not invent it.'
Traversing without any definitive footholds, i.e. smearing or heelhooking.
While lead climbing or on top rope, to hang on the rope or a piece of protection for a rest.
Belaying at a point such that the belayer is suspended.
High Altitude Pulmonary Edema – a serious form of altitude sickness.
A sewn nylon webbing device worn around the waist and thighs that is designed to allow a person to safely hang suspended in the air.
A large and often unwieldy bag into which supplies and climbing equipment may be thrown.
The practice of top-roping a hard trad route before leading it cleanly.
A region at the top of a cliff or rock face that steepens dramatically.
Using the back of the heel to apply pressure to a hold, for balance or leverage; this technique requires pulling with the heel of a foot by flexing the hamstring. This technique is notable since in most forms of climbing one uses the toes to push.
A combination of a toe hook and heel hook. Also known as a heel-toe cam, involves using opposing pressure from the toes and heel between two holds to hold the body on the wall.
A personal protective device to protect the wearer's head from rocks, debris, equipment, or falls. Also known as a brain bucket or skid lid.
A set of hexes
A protective device. It is an eccentric hexagonal nut attached to a wire loop. The nut is inserted into a crack and it holds through counter-pressure. Often just called hex.
A tall boulder problem. Falling becomes more dangerous due to the increase in height.
Climbing grown in the Himalayas. In a broader sense this Himalayan mountaineering climbing, similar as to the nature of climbing in the Himalayas, but also grown in other high mountains, where the height of the peaks above 7000 meters above sea level are the Karakoram, Kunlun, Hindu Kush, Pamir, Tien Shan, Daxue Shan.
A place to temporarily cling, grip, jam, press, or stand in the process of climbing.
A round-ended carabiner for use with a Munter hitch (from the German name for the hitch; Halbmastwurfsicherung).
To be in peak mental and physical fitness for climbing.
Equipment used in aid climbing.
A climbing technique involving hooking a heel or toe against a hold in order to balance or to provide additional support.
Large, pointed protrusion of rock that can be slung. Typically also makes a good handhold. Known in the UK as a "Spike". See bollard, chicken head.
(Spanish hueco "hole") A climbing hold consisting of a pocket in the rock, typically round and deep and featuring a positive lip. Huecos vary in size from accommodating a single finger (this is also called a "mono") to large enough to fit one's entire body. The term hueco entered the jargon of rock climbers from the Texas climbing area Hueco Tanks that is famous for this sort of hold.
A handy tool for safety and balance, having a pick/adze head and a spike at the opposite end of a shaft.
A lightweight ice axe with a hammer/pick head on a short handle and no spike.
Ice pitons on the left and Ice screw on the right.
Long, wide, serrated piton once used for weak protection on ice.
A screw used to protect a climb over steep ice or for setting up a crevasse rescue system. The strongest and most reliable is the modern tubular ice screw which ranges in length from 10 to 23 cm.
A specialized elaboration of the modern ice axe (and often described broadly as an ice axe or technical axe), used in ice climbing, mostly for the more difficult configurations.
See gym climbing.
Climbing something second go.
Wedging a body part into a crack.
A particularly small foothold, usually only large enough for the big toe, sometimes relying heavily on friction to support weight.
Stabilizing a mantle by pushing one or two fingers against a crimp with the arm outstreched over the head (referring to dancemoves in Saturday Night Fever).
A shortened term for Jug Hold, both noun and verb.
A large, easily held hold. Also known simply as a jug.
A type of mechanical ascender.
To ascend a rope using a mechanical ascender.
An alternative to the Prusik knot, useful when the climber is short of cord but has plenty of webbing.
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Knee bar used in bouldering
Knee Bar or Kneebar
Involves camming your lower thigh or knee against a protruding section of rock, usually with the foot pushing against an opposing hold. Kneebars can be very secure and are one of few ways to get a no-hand rest on overhanging rock. They also can provide additional hold on a climb.
Climbers rely on many different knots for anchoring oneself to a mountain, joining two ropes together, slings for climbing up the rope, etc.
Laybacking or liebacking
Climbing a vertical edge by side-pulling the edge with both hands and relying on friction or very small holds for the feet.
A form of climbing in which the climber clips the belay rope into quickdraws or similar equipment attached to the wall by means of anchors. In traditional climbing, the climber also needs to place anchors and quickdraws. In sport climbing, the anchors are typically preplaced, and the quickdraws may either be preplaced or placed by the climber.
A fall while lead climbing. A fall from above the climber's last piece of protection. The falling leader will fall at least twice the distance back to his or her last piece, plus slack and rope stretch.
Ice climbing with your axes not being attached to your wrist, if you drop them they're gone, but the trade off is greater mobility
A technique used to climb off-width cracks pioneered by Randy Leavitt and Tony Yaniro, the technique uses alternating hand/fist stacks and leg/calf locks.
A liquid form of chalk with a longer hold time than normal chalk. It is used on very hard routes and competitions, where the act of rechalking requires too much energy or time.
A carabiner with a locking gate, to prevent accidental release of the rope.
Using tendon strength to support weight on a handhold without tiring muscles too much.
A face climb that is less than vertical; the opposite of an overhang or roof. The same as "slab".
Mantel (abbreviation of mantelshelf)
A move used to surmount a ledge or feature in the rock in the absence of any useful holds directly above. It involves pushing down on a ledge or feature instead of pulling oneself up. In ice climbing, manteling is done by moving the hands from the shaft to the top of the ice tool and pushing down on the head of the tool.
The external covering of a climbing rope. Climbing ropes use kernmantle construction consisting of a kern (or core) for strength and an external sheath called the mantle.
To use one hold for two limbs.
To retrieve another climbers gear because he or she is unable to or because it would be more convenient.
A crevasse that forms where the glacier pulls away from a rock formation.
(French monodoigt 'single finger') A climbing hold, typically a pocket or hueco, that only has enough room for one finger.
The search and rescue activities that occur in a mountainous environment, although the term sometimes also applies to search and rescue in other wilderness environments. Also see rescue doctrine.
Application of a specific climbing technique to progress on a climb.
Method of climbing – used on easy Alpine ground – in which two or more climbers climb at the same time with running belays between them and fixed belays not being used. Similar to simulclimbing, a technique for steeper terrain.
Climber on few pitches up on a multi-pitch climb.
Climbing on routes that are too long for a single belay rope.
A simple hitch that is often used for belaying without a mechanical belay device. Otherwise known as an Italian hitch or a friction hitch.
In a climbing gym: the natural features of the wall texture itself, those which can be climbed on but are not bolt-on holds.
Permanent granular ice formed by repeated freeze-thaw cycles.
No hands rest
An entirely leg-supported resting position during climbing that does not require hands on the rock.
A little hold that only a few fingers can grip, or the tips of the toes.
A mountain or rock that protrudes through an ice field.
Large rack of assorted nuts
A metal wedge attached to a wire loop that is inserted into cracks for protection. See hexcentric.
Nut Key or nut tool
See Cleaning Tool.
The quiet, deliberate, and precise placement of toes upon a foothold.
Danger in a climbing situation which comes from hazards inherent in the location of the climb, not depending on the climber's skill level. Most often these involve falling rock or ice, or avalanches.
Called by a climber when requesting that the belayer remove belay equipment from the climbing rope (for example, when cleaning top protection from a lead route). Replied to with Belay off.
A crack that is too wide for effective hand or foot jams, but is not as large as a chimney.
What an American climber calls when he is ready to be belayed. Replied to with Belay on.
A clean ascent, with no prior practice or beta. For ascents on the first attempt with receiving beta see flash.
An inside angle in the rock. See also dihedral.
A section of rock or ice that is angled beyond vertical. See roof.
In orangutang position, one's back is facing the wall and has a posture resembling an orangutang hanging with limbs outstretched. The orangutang is primarily used for horizontal traversal. In a left traversal, the sequence starts by threading one's right foot and right hand between the placements of one's left foot and left hand to reach the next supportive rock features. The exit sequence is symmetric.
A panicking novice climber clinging to handholds while searching desperately for a foothold.
To systematically attain designated summits under prescribed conditions.
Swinging on taut rope to reach the next hold in a pendulum traverse.
A swing during a fall when the last piece of protection is far to one side.
Personal Anchor System (PAS)
Adjustable attachment point from climber to anchor. Allows for building anchors, cleaning routes and rappeling to be done efficiently and faster.
Long, tubular rods driven into snow to provide a quick anchor.
Pied à main
A movement where the foot is placed on the same hold as the hand.
Pied à plat
A crampon technique in the French style: to climb on high-angle ice with feet flat on the ice (as opposed to front-pointing).
A crampon technique in the French style: to rest on high-angle ice with one foot tucked under the buttocks, toes pointed straight down-slope.
A short, light sleeping bag covering the lower half of the body only. It is designed to be used in connection with a down jacket for lightweight bivvies.
Pied en canard
A crampon technique in the French style: to walk on moderate-angle ice with toes pointed outward; literally, 'duck-footed'.
A crampon technique in the French style: to walk on low-angle ice with toes pointed straight ahead.
A No-hand rest.
This is a hold where you must pinch it to hold on. They come in various sizes.
To complete a lead climb without falling or resting on the rope (hangdogging), but with pre-placed protection and carabiners. Also see clean and redpoint.
In the strictest climbing definition, a pitch is considered one rope length 50–60 metres (160–200 ft). However, in guide books and route descriptions, a pitch is the portion of a climb between two belay points.
A flat or angled metal blade of steel which incorporates a clipping hole for a carabiner or a ring in its body. A piton is typically used in aid-climbing and an appropriate size and shape is hammered into a thin crack in the rock and preferably removed by the last team member.
Clip-on string fastened to piton when inserting or removing, so as to avoid loss.
An aggressive step pattern for descending on hard or steep angle snow.
An alternative to chalk made from pine resin. Popular in Fontainebleau but discouraged (or actively forbidden) everywhere else since it deposits a thick, shiny resin layer on the rock and friction can only be achieved by using more pof.
On popular routes, the sheer passage of traffic can polish the rock to such an extent as to make the climbing much more difficult. This is most noticeable at the crux, and more common on certain rock types.
Container for carrying out your feces during multi-day climb. The Poop Tube is made of PVC tubing, with a sealed end at the bottom and a screw top. It has a loop attaching screw top to the body of the tube and a webbing so it can be clipped below the haul bag.
A hold or part of a hold, having a surface facing upwards, or away from the direction it is pulled, facilitating use. Positive hold is an opposite to a sloper.
Forcefully exhaling to facilitate O2/CO2 exchange at altitude. Also called the "Whittaker wheeze".
Stem Gem is a classic V4 boulder problem first climbed by John Bachar in Joshua Tree National Park.
Boulder problem or problem is used in bouldering to indicate the path that a climber takes in order to complete the climb. Same as route in roped climbing.
A potential new route or bouldering problem that is being attempted, but has not seen a first ascent yet.
An established route or bouldering problem that an individual is repeatedly attempting to ascend over a period of time, but has not been successfully been sent by that climber. Sometimes slang in the form proj.
Process of setting equipment or anchors for safety.
Equipment or anchors used for arresting falls. Commonly known as Pro.
A knot used for ascending a rope. It is named after Dr. Karl Prusik, the Austrian mountaineer who developed this knot in 1931.
To use a Prusik knot for ascending a rope.
To climb a wall Toprope with having another rope connected to the climber, for practice of Lead climbing clipping. The other rope is normally not connected to any belayer below and is only there to practice the clipping. Usually practiced while learning how to Lead Climb. Also commonly referred to as "mock leading".
A piece of protection that everyone knows will not hold a fall, but makes the climber feel better about having gear beneath them anyhow.
To have such an accumulation of metabolic waste products in the forearm, that forming even a basic grip becomes impossible. A climber who is pumped will find it difficult to hold on, and may struggle to lift or clip a rope.
(Psychology) A feeling of anticipation and energy before a challenging climb.
An over-ambitious and under-prepared climber.
To have a solid grip on a hold or feature. "I had good purchase on that jug."
Used to attach a freely running rope to anchors or chocks. Sometimes called quickies, draws, or extenders.
A screw-type oval-shape stainless steel carabiner which is smaller than normal oval-shape biner, particularly used for attaching to the chains of the master anchor. Also known as a maillon or maillon rapide.
The set of equipment carried up a climb; also, the part of a harness (consisting of several plastic loops) where equipment is hung, ready to be used.
Also a type of descender consisisting of bars mounted on a "U" shaped chassis.
The process by which a climber may descend on a fixed rope using a friction device. Also known as abseil or roping down.
A removable bolt, similar in concept to a sliding nut, but shaped to fit into a drilled hole.
The replacement of bolts on an existing climb.
Redpointing a route means free-climbing it by leading, after having practiced the route beforehand (either by hangdogging or top roping). Also see clean and pinkpoint.
Energy-saving technique where unweighted (uphill) leg is rested between each forward step, sometimes by "locking" knee of rear leg.
The addition of bolts to an existing climb which has already been ascended using natural protection.
To clip into the first piece of protection from the ground by swinging a loop of rope so that it is caught by a carabiner. This can only be done when the first piece of gear is already placed.
Climbing over a roof
A steep overhang which transitions sharply into shallower climbing often blocking direct sight of the feet causing the climber to find footholds blindly.
A basic item of climbing equipment that physically connects the climber to the belayer.
The most capable climber in the group. The person who can get the rope up there for the rest of the party.
Jumping from objects using rock climbing equipment.
Also roped team or roped party. Team of mountaineers or climbers joined together by a safety rope.
Rose (also called rose move)
An extreme cross-through reach in which the crossing arm goes behind the other arm, and it is so far extended that the body is forced to twist until it ends up facing away from the rock. It was introduced by Antoine Le Menestrel, who used it to climb a route in Buoux, called La rose et le vampire.
The path of a particular climb, or a predefined set of moves.
A small nut, named after Roland Pauligk. Not certified for sale in Europe.
In the US, runners are slings, made of nylon and nylon/blend materials, used by climbers for a multitude of purposes.
In the UK, runners, or running belays, refer to any item of gear placed by the lead climber to reduce the length of a fall.
A lengthy distance between two points of protection which in some, but not all, cases might be perceived as frightening or dangerous. May also be used as an adjective to describe a route, or a section of a route.
A long portion of a route with minimal protection.
Acronym, stands for Realized Ultimate Reality Piton. Miniature, postage-stamp sized piton originally designed by Yvon Chouinard
A high pass between two peaks, larger than a col.
A climb which receives a much lower grade than deserved. Also used as a verb when referring to the act of describing a climbing route as easier than it actually is.
Sardar or Sirdar
Head Sherpa mountain guide.
contraction of the word ascend, past tense: 'scended. See also send.
The intense feeling of disappointment when finding a difficult crux after a jug or good handhold.
A type of climbing somewhere between hiking and graded rock climbing.
A long and loud fall.
A nylon webbing structure consisting of one large loop sewn in multiple places to make a shorter length. The stitch-points are intentionally sewn with less than maximum possible strength. The screamer is attached with carabiners between an anchor point, particularly one of dubious strength, and the climber. In the event of a fall the stitching of the sewn sections is designed to rip apart, absorbing some of the fall energy and decelerating the climber, thereby reducing the overall shock load on the dubious anchor. Screamer is a brand name of Yates Mountaineering.
Small, loose, broken rocks, often at the base of a cliff. Also an area or slope covered in scree. Scree is distinguished from Talus by its smaller size and looser configuration.
A small climbing hold, screwed onto the wall in climbing gyms. Can be used for feet in a route regardless of its colour. Also referred to as a foot chip, chip or micro.
A climber who follows the lead, or first, climber.
The act of planting the pick of your ice axe into the snow to arrest a fall in the event of a slip. Also a method of stopping in a controlled glissade.
To perform belaying for oneself.
To cleanly complete a route. i.e. on-sight, flash, redpoint. See also 'scend.
A large ice tower.
Acronym for the important points to consider when building anchors. The acronym stands for Strong, Equalised, Redundant, Efficient, No Extension. See also ERNEST.
The involuntary vibration of one or both legs resulting from fatigue or panic. Also known as scissor leg, Elvis Presley syndrome, or disco knee. Can often be remedied by bringing the heel of the offending leg down, changing the muscles used to support the weight of the climber
The end of the belay rope that is attached to the lead climber. Being on the sharp end refers to the act of lead climbing, which is considered more psychologically demanding than top-roping or following, since it may involve more route-finding, as well as the possibility of longer, more consequential falls.
A Sherpa is a person of the ethnic group of the same name that is located in the Himalayan Mountains. Also a generic term for mountaineering porters in Nepal (usually those working at or above base camp) regardless of their ethnic group
A traditionally-belayed lead climber reaches a new belay station, creates an anchor, tying the lead rope off to the anchor. The climber then switches over to self-belaying and continues to climb. Meanwhile, the second climber ascends the fixed rope using ascenders (aka Jugging) and cleans the pitch. When the second reaches the belay, he or she anchors in and starts to belay the leader in the traditional way again. When the leader reaches the next belay the process is repeated.
A hold that needs to be gripped with a sideways pull towards the body.
A technique where both climbers move simultaneously upward with the leader placing protection which the second removes as they advance. A device known as a Tibloc which allows the rope to only move in a single direction is sometimes used to prevent the second climber from accidentally pulling the lead climber off should the second slip.
Single Rope Technique (SRT)
The use of a single rope where one or both ends of the rope are attached to fixed anchor points.
Sit and spin
A method of starting a rappel from a cliff edge, accomplished by sitting with legs over the edge and then spinning around to face the cliff while planting feet on the face.
Starting a climb from a position in which the climber is sitting on the floor. This is common in climbing gyms in order to fit an extra move into the climb. Noted as SS or SDS in some topo guides and commonly used on Reddit in the community /r/climbing.
Climbing without following any specific color in a gym with color-designated routes/problems. Also referred to as "climbing the rainbow," since any and all colors of holds are used.
A small hook which gives hold on small protrusions on watery and slippery grips. They are most often used for placements, often extremely marginal, in aid climbing, although they also feature in some extreme free routes. Additionally, the skyhook can be attached to the harness, thus allowing the climber to rest, or held in one or both hands to hold a grip.
A relatively low-angle (significantly less than vertical) section of rock, usually with few large features. Requires slab climbing techniques.
A particular type of rock climbing, and its associated techniques, involved in climbing rock that is less than vertical. The emphasis is on balance, footwork, and making use of very small features or rough spots on the rock for friction.
Portion of rope that is not taut, preferably minimized during belay.
An attempt at a route or move. "I'll give that a slap." or "What a hard slap; I'm pumped."
Abbreviation for spring-loaded camming device, a type of protection device. These are better known by the term cam.
Webbing sewn, or tied, into a loop.
Poor footwork [Northumberland climbing slang] as in "nae sloppy ploppin'", i.e. 'you'll need accurate footwork to have any chance of flashing this'.
A sloping hold with very little positive surface. A sloper is comparable to palming a basketball.
To use friction on the sole of the climbing shoe, in the absence of any useful footholds.
Smearing on an edge, especially on a dime edge or any linear hold that is too small to stand on or use as an ordinary positive hold.
A type of tubular ice screw that is inserted by hammering.
An angled aluminium plate attached to a metal cable. The fluke is buried into snow, typically used as a deadman anchor.
Setting and cleaning one's own protection on an ascent; climbing by oneself.
A hold that is wet and slimy from water or some other source.
In indoor climbing, a hold that is not secure and spins in place when weight is applied.
Describes a clean crack with perfectly parallel sides, usually in an otherwise blank face. Generalized to refer to any great climb, happy situation, or even favorable weather.
A style of climbing where form, technical (or gymnastic) ability and strength are more emphasized over exploration, self-reliance and the exhilaration of the inherent dangers involved in the sport. Sport climbing routes tend to be well protected with pre-placed bolt-anchors and lends itself well to competitive climbing.
A method of protection commonly used during bouldering or before the leader has placed a piece of protection. The spotter stands beneath the climber, ready to absorb the energy of a fall and direct him away from any hazards.
A type of hand position where the fingers and thumb are opposed.
Giving unwanted – and unasked-for – beta to a fellow climber. Also, excessive, overly prominent, or boorish proclamation of one's own (often exaggerated) skills or exploits.
Of a style of climbing or specific move, not dynamic. In general this entails movement of a limb to a new hold without the simultaneous transfer of weight. Instead weight transfer occurs after the limb has moved.
A non-elastic rope. Compare with dynamic rope.
Descriptive of any climbing face that is angled beyond vertical. See overhang.
The simultaneous use of two widely spaced footholds.
Climbing using two faces that are at an angle less than 180° to each other.
Scooping steps out of snow or ice with the adze of an ice axe.
Scooping and stamping steps out of soft snow with the feet.
A belay device consisting of a flat plate with a pair of slots. Named after the inventor Fritz Sticht.
Use of stick clip
A long stick or extendable pole on the end of which a climber can affix a quickdraw. It allows the climber to clip a quickdraw to the first bolt on a sport climb while still standing on the ground. This is especially useful if the first bolt is high up, and out of the comfort zone of the climber. A stick clip can be bought, easily made or even improvised when needed. Ethically controversial in some communities.
Rubber with enhanced frictional properties used on the soles of climbing shoes; originally introduced in the 1980s (on Boreal's Firé shoes) but now ubiquitous.
A wedge-shaped nut made by Black Diamond.
A knot used to prevent the rope running through a piece of equipment.
The high point of a mountain or peak.
To reach such a high point.
Chuck Pratt and Royal Robbins wearing Swami Belt Salathé Wall, El Capitan, Yosemite Valley.
A kind of proto-climbing harness consisting of a long length of tubular webbing wrapped several times around the climbers body and secured with a water knot. Largely eschewed today in favor of commercial harnesses.
Refers to the last member or the tail of a climbing group. The sweeper's task is to spot and retrieve things that may have accidentally fallen from the preceding climbers; to make sure that no mess or gear is left behind; and to make sure that the rear is keeping up with the whole team. The term sweeper, a Filipino contribution to mountaineering vocabulary, was introduced in 1998 and was inspired by the Cleaner, a character in the 1990 film Nikita (also known as La Femme Nikita) by Luc Besson.
A dynamic form of the lieback, described above, rotating off one foot while maintaining a grip with one hand, then grabbing a high handhold at the deadpoint of the swing with the other hand. This move is frequently reversible, unlike more aerial dynos.
To swap limbs on a particular hold. Not to be confused with matching.
Called by a climber when requesting that the belayer remove all slack. See hang dogging.
Talus rocks at the foot of the mountain
An area of large rock fragments on a mountainside that may vary from house-size to as small as a small backpack. The area, if older and consolidated, may be stable, or the rocks may be precariously balanced. Talus is distinguished from scree in that it is larger and may feature solid interlocking of the rocks, while scree is by definition loose.
When, after a whipper, or long fall, a climber falls past their belayer, who is generally lifted up off the ground.
Climbing involving a rope and some means of protection, as opposed to scrambling or glacier travel.
A term often used to describe very technical sequences of moves and / or the degree of ingenuity and creativity required to protect a route. Difficulty ratings of climbs often is a combination of technicality of a climb and the endurance or strength necessary to complete it.
Specialized moves given names to help communicate what to do to another person.
From the French word meaning outstretched. In this grip the fingers are close to the position when the hand is open. The relative angle between the finger bones is gradual. The load applied is coming from tension in the forearm muscles.
A technique for maintaining balance using a taut rope through a point of protection.
A climb that is representative of the hardest, best climbs in an area.
A runner created by threading a sling around a jammed block or through a hole in the rock.
Make progress by squeezing into a space and wriggling against opposing rock surfaces.
The leg straps and waist belt create two loops connecting the belay loop. The points which you tie in at. Also known as soft loops.
A toe hook is securing the upper side of the toes on a hold. It helps pull the body inwards—towards the wall. The toe hook is often used on overhanging rock where it helps to keep the body from swinging away from the wall.
To belay from a fixed anchor point above the climb. Top-roping requires easy access to the top of the climb, by means of a footpath or scrambling.
To complete a route by ascending over the top of the structure being climbed.
To use holds specified out for you in any route, usually used in gym climbing.
Traditional climbing in Yosemite Valley
A style of climbing that emphasizes the adventure and exploratory nature of climbing. While sport climbers generally will use pre-placed protection ("bolts"), traditional (or "trad") climbers will place their own protection as they climb, generally carried with them on a rack.
Getting prepared to climb on difficult mountains.
A technique that is typically used while lowering and cleaning gear from an overhanging and/or traversing route. A quickdraw is clipped between the climber's harness and the rope that is threaded through the gear. As the climber is lowered by the belayer, the quickdraw holds the cleaner close to the wall and following the line of the route. Without the quickdraw, the climber would lower straight down, further and further from the remaining gear to be cleaned. Also known as trolleying.
Traverse section on a big wall in Yosemite
To climb in a horizontal direction.
A section of a route that requires progress in a horizontal direction.
A Tyrolean traverse is crossing a chasm using a rope anchored at both ends.
A pendulum traverse involves swinging across a wall or chasm while suspended from a rope affixed above the climber.
A simple camming protection device that has no moving parts.
Tubers, or tubular belay devices from different manufacturers.
A belay device.
Climbing on tufas on Kalymnos
A limestone rib formation that protrudes from the wall which can sometimes fit within the pinching grasp of a climber's hand; alternatively: a plastic, bolted on bouldering hold designed to replicate such a formation on an indoor climbing wall.
System where the climber is using two thin ropes instead of one thicker one, but unlike double ropes twin ropes have to be clipped through the same biner for each piece of protection. Twin ropes are often used by trad and alpine climbers. They allow full pitch rappelling and help reducing the chances for accidental cutting of the rope by sharp rock edges.
Two man stand
An outdated climbing technique where one climber stands on the shoulders of another climber as an assist in climbing.
Technique needed to make slow upwards progress on holdless rock, especially off-width cracks.
A hold which is gripped with the palm of the hand facing upwards
A technical grading system for bouldering problems, invented by John Sherman.
A type of abseiling point used especially in winter and ice climbing. Also called abalakov thread.
A thin coating of ice that forms over rocks when rainfall or melting snow freezes on rock. Hard to climb on as there is insufficient depth for crampons to have reliable penetration. See also clear ice and glaze ice.
A large, hollow bolted-on bouldering hold.
Originating in Sheffield, a WAD is a "super climber" or climber who is on-sighting 7c+.
A bamboo stick with a small flag on top used to mark paths over glaciers and snow fields.
Hollow and flat nylon strip, mainly used to make slings.
A piece of webbing with eyes sewn into the ends which can be used in place of a cordelette.
As in, "weighting the rope." Any time the rope takes the weight of the climber. This can happen during a minor fall, a whipper (long fall), or simply by resting while hanging on the belay rope (see also hangdogging).
A lead fall from above and to the side of the last clip, whipping oneself downwards and in an arc. Has come to denote any fall beyond the last placed or clipped piece of protection.
A route or sequence that a climber has rehearsed extensively and thus ascends with ease. See dialled.
To complete a lead climb during night time.
A home made climbing wall. Often specifically a hybrid between a climbing wall and a fingerboard. Specifically called such because of the wooden panels (usually left unpainted) used to attach the climbing holds to.
Left side of Black Velvet wall in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area features 5 pitch sparsely protected Sandstone Samurai 5.11a X
X (Protection Rating)
A rating from the Yosemite Decimal System given to climbs that have very poor or no protection. These climbs often present risk of serious injury or death if a fall were to occur, even if the climb is properly protected.
A hold appearing to be composed of a different type of rock than the surrounding face.
Another name for a Sit start, a 'Yabo start' was named after John 'Yabo' Yablonski.
To pull on the rope to make upward progress, often with assistance from the belayer. This may be done to bypass a crux, or to quickly regain ground lost after a fall without re-climbing the section. AKA to "jug up" the rope.
Yosemite Decimal System
A numerical system for rating the difficulty of walks, hikes, and climbs in the United States. The rock climbing (5.x) portion of the scale is the most common climb grading system used in the US. The scale starts with the easiest grades at 5.0 and is open-ended on the harder end. As of September 2017, the most difficult grade was 5.15d.
In the UK, a deep, narrow inlet in a sea-cliff, filled by the sea at high tides.
Clipping into a piece of protection with the segment of rope from beneath the previous piece of protection, resulting in a potentially dangerous tangled configuration of the belay rope. If not fixed can result in high drag.
A fall in which each piece of protection fails in turn. In some cases when the rope comes taut during a fall, the protection can fail from the bottom up, especially if the first piece was not placed to account for outward and/or upward force.
Also Z-system. A particular configuration of rope, anchors, and pulleys typically used to extricate a climber after falling into a crevasse.