Climbing

As these Climbing articles explain, climbers need strength and finesse whether rock climbing or scaling Mount Everest. Learn about the different types of climbing and techniques.

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Can you ice climb a waterfall?

When most people spy a frozen waterfall, they get out their cameras. But an ice climber unpacks his ice tools. What conditions make a frozen waterfall safe to scale?


Junko Tabei, the First Woman to Conquer Everest, Has Died

Tabei, also the first woman to reach the highest peak on all seven continents, spent her life challenging social norms and championing environmental causes.

How Tree Climbing Works

You don't have to be an arborist or an 8-year-old to go out and climb a tree. Recreational tree climbers come in all forms -- you just need some instruction, the right gear and a minimal fear of heights.

What is the history of rock climbing?

It's hard to pinpoint the exact time an agile shepherd left his sheep with the dogs and climbed some rocks just for fun, but the sport of rock climbing has been a popular outdoor adventure ever since.

How to Calculate Climbing Grade

Before people go out on a hiking or climbing expedition, they typically prefer to know what's in store for them. How difficult will a climb be? Will it be relatively easy, or are there many obstacles along the way? Climbing grades attempt to answer these questions.

How Climbing Gear Works

Some climbers wear slippers instead of soled shoes, so they can feel the rock with their feet while they climb. What other gear might you need if you're climbing El Capitan or the community rock wall?

What are the most common rock climbing terms?

While this climber is obviously no gumbie, you might be. If you're looking to brush up on your rock climbing terms, don't deck out -- we have you covered.

Top 10 Mountains to Climb

Naturally, Everest and K2 have a place on our list, but you don’t have to be near-superhuman to make your way up some of the world’s most incredible mountains.

Can you ice climb a waterfall?

When most people spy a frozen waterfall, they get out their cameras. But an ice climber unpacks his ice tools. What conditions make a frozen waterfall safe to scale?

How Ice Climbing Works

Adventure seekers like to turn up the volume on danger. So it makes sense that rock climbers would set their sights on ice. What makes ice climbing such risky business?

How Altitude Sickness Works

If you're not acclimated to high altitudes, you may risk nausea, loss of coordination and even fluid leakage into your brain as you ascend. Can you avoid it?