Hot Climbing How-Tos

How To: Set up the ascent system for crevasse self rescuing

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.

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: 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: 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: 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 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 the Alpine Butterfly Knot (or Lineman's Knot)

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 the Water Knot with a knot tying animation

Learn how to tie the Water Knot for climbing. This animated knot tying tutorial is the best you'll find. With this knot tying how to, you can tie the Water Knot fast or slow, or pause it at every step along the way. Learn to tie knots for your next climbing trip. Tie the Water Knot with a knot tying animation.

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: Daisy chain Prussik to harness for glacier travel

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.

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: 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: Rescue someone from a crevasse

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.

How To: Tie the Munter Mule knot with a knot tying animation

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.

How To: Tie a hitch knot

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.

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: Climb a rope

It may have been tricky when you did it in gym class, but rope climbing is a great way to develop upper-body strength. Learn how to climb a rope. You will need a sturdy hanging rope, athletic clothes and athletic shoes. Tip: Wearing comfortable shoes and clothes will make climbing the rope easier.

How To: Tie the Figure 8, or Flemish, Bend (Rope Join) knot

Learn how to tie the Figure Eight, or Flemish, Bend (Rope Join) 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, or Flemish, Bend (Rope Join) Knot fast or slow, or pause it at every step along the way. Learn to tie knots for your next climbing trip. Tie the Figure 8, or Flemish, Bend (Rope Join) knot.

How To: Tie the Double Fisherman's Bend Knot for climbing

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.

How To: Use ascenders for rock 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 prusicks and cordelettes for rock climbing

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...

How To: Get ready for glacier travel while climbing

Check out this instructional climbing video that illustrates how to get ready for glacier travel while climbing. Learn everything you needed to know to properly prepare for a safe glacier trip. This tutorial video offers crevasse rescue tips and safety precautions. Follow along with this video and get ready to glacier travel and crevasse hunt.

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