Learn what a climbing ratchet is and how to use one when climbing.
This tutorial shows you how to unwind a rope on a reel and how to uncoil a hanked rope. You will need two people to unspool either rope type. Uncoil or unwind 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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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 tie a man harness knot is demonstrated in this video.
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!
The figure of eight is commonly used to attach a rope to a climbing harness. Being able to tie a figure of eight knot properly is an essential climbing skill. If the climbing rope is attached incorrectly to the harness, the consequences could be fatal.
The Girth Hitch or Lark's Foot knot is only suggested as a means of attached slings to a harness while rock-climbing. As the knot reduces the strength of the sling, it's not intended for attaching two slings together. Watch this video rock climbing tutorial and learn how to tie a Girth Hitch or Lark's Foot knot.
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.
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.
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.
Hooking up a rappelling device and a prussik knot backup for use when rappelling down a cliff.
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)
Tension traverse is demonstrated in this climbing video.
Dean Pflaumer shows you how to choose the correct climbing shoes. Follow these tips to make sure you choose the correct rock climbing shoe: The tighter the shoes are, the better you are going to climb. You will be able to choose between Velcro versus slip ons and lace ups. You need to be clear as to what type of climbing you are going to do, and then choose your shoes accordingly. All climbing shoes are made with a sticky rubber on the sole, while the rest of the shoe design varies from manuf...
An effective warm up is essential for climbing: you will climb better and are less likely to sustain an injury. With no warm up, performance is compromised, fatigue comes quickly, and injuries are more likely. All together: Not Good!
This is part of the How To Big Wall Book. In this segment Chris McNamara demonstrates how to move up the piece when leading as he sends El Capitan. This is import for safe and effective climbing. This will be combined with jumaring techniques for traversing and lead climbing.
This is part of the How To Big Wall Book. In this segment Chris McNamara demonstrates basic racking when cleaning. This rock climbing technique is important for safe and effective big wall rock climbing. He is climbing El Capitan in this video. You should clean gear in a certain way to make sure you don't break or climb with unsafe carabiners or harnesses.
Learn how to tie the Double Fisherman's Bend Knot for climbing. The animated knot tying tutorial is the best you'll find. With this knot tying how to, you can tie the Double Fisherman's Bend Knot fast or slow, or pause it at every step along the way. Learn to tie knots for your next climbing trip. Tie the Double Fisherman's Bend Knot for climbing.
Learn how to tie the One Handed Bowline Knot for climbing. The animated knot tying tutorial is the best you'll find. With this knot tying how to, you can tie the One Handed Bowline Knot fast or slow, or pause it at every step along the way. Learn to tie knots for your next climbing trip. Tie the One Handed Bowline Knot for climbing.
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.
Cordelletes, slings and prusicks are three of the more specific-use elements of rock climbing equipment. Learn how to use prusicks, slings and cordelettes in this climbing video tutorial. Take action: slings can be used to clip gear or set up anchors, prusicks are back-up descending device, and use a cordelette for anchor or for prusick. Josh, the instructor of this how-to video from Live Strong, is an avid climber that resides off the coast in central California. He has managed for a mountai...
Check out this instructional climbing video that demonstrates how to daisy chain a Prussik to a harness for glacier travel. Setting your prussik up for glacier travel is the flavor of today. Paul shows us a quick simple way to daisy chain off your spare prussik cord. This stuff is well worth setting up before it is required. Often when you are in a hole things get awkward the more stuff set up the better your chances of getting yourself out.
Learn how to tie climbing knots and how to care for climbing ropes in this free mountaineering video.
How to tie a knot known as the Euro death knot and a fisherman's knot for use when rappelling when climbing.
An overview of how to tie into the middle of the rope when ice climbing.
A snow picket can be used as a snow anchor but only under the right weather conditions. Here's how..
A fixed rappel station is an important part of climbing, and there are a lot of ways to make one. This video will show you how to use a two-anchor system with a redundant backup for maximum saftey. It also has a hip-seat rappel with a safety prusik.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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 ...
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...