A climber needs to consult with an expert when choosing and fitting harnesses for rock climbing. Different harnesses have different uses and features. Learn how to use a harness for rock climbing in this climbing video tutorial. Take action: use a harness, go with a trusted partner, and adjust the harness accordingly. Josh, the instructor in this how-to video from Live Strong, is an avid climber that resides off the coast in central California. He has managed for a mountaineering sports compa...
Need to get down a wall. This video will show you how to tie a rope and wrap yourself to properly abseil down a wall with just one rope. Abseil down a wall with just one rope.
This is part of the How To Big Wall Book. In this segment Chris McNamara demonstrates bounce testing when leading. Bounce testing is important because it gives you a margin of safety with placements. You can confidently climb and move faster for the better climb. You can bounce test with your feet.
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.
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.
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.
A snow picket can be used as a snow anchor but only under the right weather conditions. Here's how..
Get free knot tying instructions for tying various types of hitches, including the half hitch, clove hitch, timber hitch, and bunt hitch in this free video series of knot tying directions.
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.
ACMG Ski Guide Cliff Umpleby discusses how to build a T-Slot anchor using ice axe and skis. Once you have your anchor, learn how to use it to rescue someone from a crevasse. Part two demonstrates transferring the load onto the anchor and escaping the system. Part three demonstrates checking the victim and droppping a loop for a 2:1 pulley system. Part 4 demonstrates creating a Z Pulley for 6:1 advantage.
Learn how to tie climbing knots and how to care for climbing ropes in this free mountaineering video.
Watch this video for a few hints on walking with crampons. They are easy things to use but can get you to unsafe locations quickly. Always be aware that the points are on your feet.
How to tie a man harness knot is demonstrated in this video.
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.
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.
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)
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 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.
Learn how to tie the Munter Mule Combination Knot for climbing. This animated knot tying tutorial is the best you'll find. With this knot tying how to, you can tie the Munter Mule Combination Knot fast or slow, or pause it at every step along the way. Learn to tie knots for your next climbing trip. Tie the Munter Mule knot with a knot tying animation.
Learn what a climbing ratchet is and how to use one when climbing.
Rock climbing can be one of the most physical yet fun activities to get involved in. One thing not to overlook is preperation; it is a huge key in rock climbing or any other sport. This video will show you exactly how to prepare for a rock climbing excursion.
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.
Ascenders are one of the types of equipment used in aid climbing. Ascenders allow the climber to maintain his progress when taking a break. Learn how to use ascenders in this climbing video tutorial. Take action: consult your local store, attach with carabineer, and use teeth to create gripping friction. Josh, the instructor in this how-to video from Live Strong, is an avid climber that resides off the coast in central California. He has managed for a mountaineering sports company for several...
How to use a prussik knot to provide you with extra safety when rappelling down a cliff.
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...
Belays enable climbers to stop fellow climbers during a fall. Therefore, belays are an essential safety device in climbing. Learn how to use belays in this climbing video tutorial. Take action: use a high friction rope device, have a large carabineer, communicate with partner, and consult your local outdoor store. Josh, the instructor in this how-to video from Live Strong, is an avid climber that resides off the coast in central California. He has managed for a mountaineering sports company f...
Every ski tourer that wanders on a glacier should watch this video. The basic procedure for building a snow anchor to perform crevasse rescue.
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...
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 video covers the basics of building an ice anchor when ice climbing. The key is to have a good plan of where to build your anchor.
In these rock climbing instructional videos, you'll learn all about the gear you'll need to get started climbing. Expert climber Justus Zimmerman shows you various styles of rock climbing shoes, harnesses, latches and other climbing gear you'll need when scaling the rock face. He also shares belaying, repelling and lowering techniques, how to use anchors, as well as several knots that will help you in your outdoor adventure. Watch these free videos and have a safe and enjoyable climb!
Eeverst isn’t for armatures. If you have the ambition of climbing Mt. Everest you will have to do a lot of preparations including physical fitness work, travel arrangements, not to mention putting aside thousands of dollars to make your dream a reality.
Check out this instructional climbing video that demonstrates how to set up the ascent system for crevasse self rescue. Hooking up the prussik is the subject of this video and stops at the second ascender required for upward mobility. Watch all the crevasse self rescue series and you may get the hang of this. It is best to practice this somewhere dry and safe before the real thing happens. When you are in the hole things get tougher.
This is a very useful belay knot. I have seen people wandering around with 3 or 4 belay devices on their harness and could never figure out why. It is like technology is going to solve eveything for you. Get back to basics and learn the fundimentals of climbing. This knot is certianly one of those.
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.
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.
Learn how to tie the Alpine Butterfly Knot for climbing. The animated knot tying tutorial is the best you'll find. With this knot tying how to, you can tie the Alpine Butterfly Knot fast or slow, or pause it at every step along the way. Learn to tie knots for your next climbing trip. Tie the Alpine Butterfly Knot (or Lineman's Knot).
How to tie a knot known as the Euro death knot and a fisherman's knot for use when rappelling when climbing.
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!
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.