Hot Climbing How-Tos

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: 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: 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...

How To: Prepare to rock climb

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.

How To: Climb Mount Everest

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.

How To: Choose rock climbing shoes

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...

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: Rock climb for the first time

Learn the figure 8 knot to latch on a climbing harness. This is a simple knot that is like the sailing figure eight knot. It's used to go between your climbing harness and the top or lead climbing rope. This requires a latching or locking carabiner to afix the rope tied in a figure eight to your harness. This is a basic climbing skill. Rock climb for the first time - Part 1 of 3.

How To: Big wall rock climb with proper back up knots

This is part of the How To Big Wall Book. In this segment Chris McNamara demonstrates how to use back up knots when jumaring. This is a technique video for summitting or sending problems on big walls outdoors. The knots are crucial for safe and effective rock climbing technique. When you are following in traversing terrain so that you are attached to the rope at more than one or two points. He is climbing El Capitan in this video.

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 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: 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 Klemheist Knot with a knot tying animation

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

How To: Tie the Girth Hitch knot with a knot tying animation

Learn how to tie the Girth Hitch Knot for climbing. This animated knot tying tutorial is the best you'll find. With this knot tying how to, you can tie the Girth 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 Girth Hitch knot with a knot tying animation.

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 the Blake's Hitch knot with a knot tying animation

Learn how to tie the Blake's Hitch Knot for climbing. This animated knot tying tutorial is the best you'll find. With this knot tying how to, you can tie the Blake's 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 Blake's Hitch knot with a knot tying animation.

How To: Indoor climb on a rock wall

Indoor climbing provides year-round opportunities for climbers. Sheltered from the weather, the climber can practice in a controlled environment while receiving instruction. Learn how to indoor climb in this climbing video tutorial. Take action: focus on your footwork, stay relaxed, and remember to breathe. 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 seve...

How To: Use carbineers for rock climbing

Carabineers come in different types, which are used for different purposes. There are various levels of rating for every carabineer. Learn how to choose and use carabineers in this climbing video tutorial. Take action: buy the right carabineer, buy locking carabineers, and keep carabineers clean. 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 years a...

How To: Use quick draws while rock climbing

Quick draws link the climbing rope to the rock wall. Numerous quick draws are used during any climb. Learn how to use quick draws in this climbing video tutorial. Take action: climb with caution, use 6 to 20 quick draws, and solidify the climbing route. 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 years and loves the sport.

How To: Use belays for rock climbing

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...

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 harnesses while rock climbing

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...

How To: Use a climbing rope for rock climbing

Climbing rope is a rock climber's lifeline. A specialty retailer can help you choose the correct climbing rope for your purposes. Learn how to use and care for climbing rope in this climbing video tutorial. Take action: determine where and when you will be climbing, keep rope coiled in cool, dry environment, and use rope wash is an excellent way to keep rope free of debris. Josh, the instructor in this how-to video from Live Strong, is an avid climber that resides off the coast in central Cal...

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.

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: 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: Self rescue from a crevasse while climbing

This is just a short climbing tutorial that demos what happens just after you go into the crevasse. Ditching the pack is easy if you have pre-hooked the pack to harness. The nest step is securing yourself with a prussik and getting it ready to use as a stirrup. But as we see, practice practice practice. Check out this instructional climbing video that offers some self rescue tips from a crevasse while climbing. These are good safety tips and procedures to learn.

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: 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: 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.