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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How Rock Climbing Works

Rock climbing is an exhilarating sport that involves strength, control and finesse. Find out what it takes to really get high on life.

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  • Can you ice climb a waterfall?

    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? See more »

  • How Altitude Sickness Works

    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? See more »

  • How Climbing Gear Works

    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? See more »

  • How Climbing Mount Everest Works

    How Climbing Mount Everest Works

    More than 2,200 people have succeeded, but nearly 200 have lost their lives attempting to climb Mount Everest. So why do it? The most famous answer, from climber George Mallory: "Because it is there." See more »

  • How do Tibetans avoid altitude sickness?

    How do Tibetans avoid altitude sickness?

    At 16,000 feet above sea level, the average person would get sick from a lack of oxygen. How do Tibetans breathe easily? See more »

  • How has Mount Everest tourism affected Nepal?

    How has Mount Everest tourism affected Nepal?

    Tourists flood Nepal each year to get a glimpse of Mount Everest. While the tourism means good money for the region, it's taking a toll on the mountains. See more »

  • How Ice Climbing Works

    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? See more »

  • How Rock Climbing Works

    How Rock Climbing Works

    Rock climbing is an exhilarating sport that involves strength, control and finesse. Find out what it takes to really get high on life. See more »

  • How Spelunking Works

    How Spelunking Works

    Spelunking, or caving, is a sport in which people explore caves. Why would someone crawl into a hole in the ground? And how do they return safely? See more »

  • How to Calculate Climbing Grade

    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. See more »

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