How To: Tie a release hitch knot for mountain climbing

Learn how to tie a release-hitch knot! The release hitch knot was developed to overcome the shortcomings of the Prusik knot, making it perfect for rock and mountain climbers. For an easy-to-follow, step-by-step overview of how to tie this useful climber's knot in a minute's time or less, watch this free video knot tyer's guide.

How To: Measure and cut a rope

Spools of rope are often quite long and you may actually need a rope that isn't that long. If you have a 100m rope but only need 40m, then you're going to need to cut it. This tutorial explains how to measure and cut the rope to the right side without a ruler or tape measure. Measure and cut a rope.

How To: Tie the Prusik Knot or Triple Sliding Hitch Knot

Learn how to tie the Prusik Knot or Triple Sliding Hitch Knot for climbing. The animated knot tying tutorial is the best you'll find. With this knot tying how to, you can tie the Prusik Knot or Triple Sliding Hitch Knot fast or slow, or pause it at every step along the way. Learn to tie knots for your next climbing trip. Tie the Prusik Knot or Triple Sliding Hitch Knot.

How To: Make a Fast Rope for Climbing, including an eye splice

Generations of Americans have struggled to climb up normal ropes in gyms across the nation. If only they had this stuff. Fast rope is a thick braided rope that makes climbing a hell of a lot faster and easier. This video will show you how to make it in three parts: first making the rope itself, then making an eye splice for it, then whipping and fusing the end of the rope. This is great stuff to have for any serious climbing trip or survival situation.

How To: Tie a one-handed bowline knot quickly

When climbing one of the most crucial knots to have in your arsenal is the Bowline Knot. But sometimes you may find yourself in a situation that requires you to tie one quickly. In this video you'll learn how to tie one quickly withn one hand so that way you can really leave yourself hanging!

How To: Self rescue from a crevasse using two Prussiks

This guy does an awkward job of showing you how to set up two prussiks to ascend a rope. However you can take what you need to the climbing gym and have some thing to practice. Remember you have to practice this stuff a bit at least. Out on a glacier it is no longer crevasse rescue practice it's just crevasse rescue. So check out this climbing tutorial video and practice your safety techniques and learn how to self rescue from a crevasse using two Prussiks.

How To: Big wall climb with a basic jumaring technique

This is part of the 'How To Big Wall Book' series on rock climbing. In this segment Chris McNamara demonstrates basic jumaring technique for rock climbing overhang or low angle terrain. This technique for over hanging terrain called jumaring is to reduce arm strain and ascending walls. He then shows you how to ascend a vertical or low angle terrain. This video is shot at El Capitan in California.

How To: Tie in the rope for glacier climbing

You can tye in or clip into the rope for glacier travel. It doesn't really matter it is your choice. You may as well know both methods. The tie is great if your short of gear or you don't want your guests getting away. Clipping in eases the process of getting in and out of the rope (climber speak there, sorry)

How To: Exercise to get in shape for mountaineering

Ali Alami with Fit Climb demonstrates how to get in shape for mountaineering. You can do these exercises in a park or at home. Your core and lower body are important in mountaineering. First, find a wet, wood bench that is four to six inches off of the ground. Do step ups to work your quadriceps and glutes. Balance briefly on one leg and then bring the other leg up. You can also do side steps. Step downs help you get you used to gravity. Calf raises are also helpful. To strengthen your core u...

How To: Tie a Figure 8 Follow Through knot for climbing

Learn how to tie the Figure Eight Follow Through Knot for climbing. The animated knot tying tutorial is the best you'll find. With this knot tying how to, you can tie the Figure Eight Follow Through Knot fast or slow, or pause it at every step along the way. Learn to tie knots for your next climbing trip. Tie a Figure 8 Follow Through knot for climbing.

How To: Tie a Double Figure Eight Loop knot aka Bunny Ears

Learn how to tie the Double Figure Eight Loop Knot (aka Bunny Ears) for climbing. The animated knot tying tutorial is the best you'll find. With this knot tying how to, you can tie the Double Figure Eight Loop Knot fast or slow, or pause it at every step along the way. Learn to tie knots for your next climbing trip. Tie a Double Figure Eight Loop knot aka Bunny Ears.

How To: Use grip savers for rock climbing

Grip savers, or finger-strengthening devices, help prepare a climber for the strength and endurance challenges of climbing. There are a variety of devices and exercises that can strengthen a climbers hands. Learn how to use grip savers in this climbing video tutorial. Take action: squeeze a tennis ball, strengthen fingers to keep balance, and follow good diet and exercise. Josh, the instructor in this how-to video from Live Strong, is an avid climber that resides off the coast in central Cali...

How To: Make a rope back pack

This video demonstrates an easy way to carry your rope, or make a rope backpack. This video is actually shot on the side of a mountain. You will have to listen closely because there is some wind in the mic. Step by step instructions are given on how to make a rope back pack.

How To: Tie a Prussik knot for glacier climbing

Terry shows us how to set up the prussik for glacier travel. This is a demo of what to do with the ends of the prussik. Remember you have to know this knot if you are going to be a mountaineer. Terry places one on. In a real world situation he may place two on so that he has one going to the person behind him and one to the person ahead of him.

How To: Tie a double fisherman's knot for climbing

Really nothing more then a slightly more complex single fishermans knot. I know of no research stating that one knot is stronger then the other. You are more likely to use this when hooking two climbing ropes together to rappell. You would also use this for joining cordalette end together to form a loop.

How To: Tie a single fisherman's knot for climbing

This knot is common in the climbing world. We use it to secure two ropes together. Often used to form a loop on a prussik (cordalette) to construct an anchor. Can also be used to connect two ropes to rappel. This knot has many applications in the real world not just climbing.

How To: Tie a Prusik knot

Know your knots! With this free video tutorial, you'll learn how to tie a simple Prusik knot. The Prusik knot is perfect for mountain climbers, as it tightens when weight is applied and slides when the tensions is released. The knot is easy to tie provided, of course, you know how to go about making it. For an easy-to-follow, step-by-step overview of how to tie this useful fisherman's knot in a minute's time or less, watch this free video knot tyer's guide.

How To: Tie a Penborthy friction knot

Know your knots! Learn to tie a Penborthy friction knot with this free video guide. Tying a penborthy knot will vary depending on how much weight the knot will support but this video should give you a good sense of what it is you'll need to do. The knot is easy to tie provided, of course, you know how to go about making it. For an easy-to-follow, step-by-step overview of how to tie this useful climber's knot in a minute's time or less, watch this free video knot tyer's guide.

How To: Tie a Munter friction knot (or Munter hitch)

Know your knots! With this free video tutorial, you'll learn how to tie a Munter friction hitch. Munter friction knots are usually used for repelling, and you would need to know the exact ropes and hitches to use. The knot is easy to tie provided, of course, you know how to go about making it. For an easy-to-follow, step-by-step overview of how to tie this useful climber's knot in a minute's time or less, watch this free video knot tyer's guide.

How To: Walk on crampons in ice mountaineering

In this how-to video, you will learn the basics of walking in crampons in the North Cascades. Put on your crampons if you expect ice. If the snow is soft, you can kick-step in. Make sure you have two points of contact. Use your ice axe in the snow and then step and kick. Lift and place the ice axe in front of you and step and kick in. Keep on doing this. Another technique you can do is step side ways along with the axe. It is the same process except stepping sideways instead. Make sure all th...

How To: Tie a strong water knot

Webbing is not only used in sports like rock climbing and caving, but it also comes in handy in camping and hiking. This video shows you how to tie two webbing ends together to make a loop that will not come off. A square knot does not work for webbing as it will slip through, therefore a water knot is used. Take 4 inches (10 cm) from one marked end and tie an overhand loop. Ensure that the webbing is not twisted. Slip the other end in the knot and trace the second end around the overhand kno...

How To: Tie a Prusik friction knot

In this Outdoor Recreation video tutorial you will learn how to tie a Prusik friction knot. In case someone has fallen into a crevasse or you want to get back on a rope, Pruisk knot is required. It is used to tie two ropes of different diameters. It basically puts a loop of cord around another rope. It is named after the Austrian mountaineer, Karl Prusik. For making the knot, take the fixed loop made on one rope and pass it around the other rope and back through the fixed loop itself. Then lo...

How To: Stop yourself with an ice axe in mountaineering

Ali Alami with Fit Climb demonstrates how to stop yourself using an ice axe when mountaineering. Arresting yourself is important if you or a partner on a rope team trip or fall when climbing. To practice hold your ice axe across your chest and slide down a hill on your backside. To arrest yourself roll to whatever side the pick is positioned on, digging the pick into the mountain and rolling your body completely on top of it. Keep your feet above the snow until you are almost at a stop and th...

How To: Abseil (decend) in rock climbing

In this Outdoor Recreation video tutorial you will learn how to abseil (decend) in rock climbing. You will need some friction device for this purpose. Earlier people used to wrap the rope around their body and used the body as the friction device. That is a painful process. In the modern method, a figure 8 friction plate is used. There should be no jewelry or other hanging material around the body that can get entangled with the figure 8 plate. Also check the harness is OK. Then carefully go ...

How To: Build a successful fire in the snow

In this outdoors how-to video from fitclimb.com we're shown how to make a fire in the snow. The first step is to find a good flat spot, or make a flat spot yourself. Next, we look for trees with dead branches and break those dead branches off for the wood. The key here is to be organized because you'll have to carry this wood back to your camp. Next, you want to make a platform for your fire to keep it from sinking down as the snow melts. Here, we're using the bark from a dead stump for a pla...

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