Trad vs Sport Climbing

Sport climbing relies on pre bolted climbing routes while trad climbing requires the climber to carry and place their own protection as they climb the route. In the world of rock climbing, there are many different styles. You’re most likely already familiar with roped climbing and bouldering. But have you begun to venture into the …

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How to Read Climbing Routes with Air Karate

Route reading is a critical skill for rock climbing. If you’ve watched elite level climbers at competitions or the Olympics, then you’ve seen them performing what looks like air karate before they step up to send the route. What they’re doing is called “route reading”. They are miming out the hand and foot sequence for …

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What is top roping?

Top roping is a form of rock climbing where the climber is secured to a rope that is anchored above them at the top of the climb. This is different from lead climbing where the climber is protected by a rope that they trail behind them and is clipped into protection points as they ascend. …

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Is it Possible to Climb Too Much as a Beginner?

Yes, you can climb too much as a beginner. An overuse injury will be incredibly detrimental to your climbing progression. I remember when I first started climbing it was all I wanted to do. I wanted to go every single day. And on the days I forced myself to take a rest day I was …

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Ape Index Climbing

Have some of your climbing friends been talking about their ape index? The jargon in climbing seems to be endless, and now suddenly we’re talking about apes? What is Ape Index? Ape Index is a term that describes your arm span (wingspan) in relation to your height. The ape index can be expressed as either …

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Climbing Gym Rehoboth Beach

If you’re looking for climbing or bouldering gyms in Rehoboth Beach Delaware (or at Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach), you don’t have many options. I guess that’s not too surprising since there are so many other awesome activities at the beach. But I understand the urge to climb! I’ve been reading a book at the …

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Slopers Climbing: From Foe to Friend

A sloper is a round hold, with no edges or pockets, and it looks like a hill or ski slope and is one of the only featureless holds. Slopers are one of the most controversial climbing holds among many climbers. Maybe it’s because they can put a lot of strain on your wrist, maybe it’s …

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Bouldering vs Rock Climbing

Thinking of bouldering and rock climbing as two separate sports isn’t quite right. It’s not so much “bouldering vs rock climbing”, but that bouldering is a subset of rock climbing. Rock climbing is a general and vast sport. There are SO many niches within climbing: traditional climbing, aid climbing, ice climbing, alpine climbing, gym climbing… …

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Is Rock Climbing a Good Workout?

Perfect views are the cherry on top from a day of outdoor rock climbing

Does it seem like everyone you know is suddenly going to a rock climbing gym for their workout? The sport has blown up and that leaves many people wondering if rock climbing is a good workout. Rock climbing helps you build strength, endurance and it’ll make you sweat! If you’re just starting out rock climbing, …

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What Does Belay Mean?

An auto belay device will typically have its own wall at the climbing gym

The jargon used in climbing is endless: bomber, gaston, belay? Who comes up with all this stuff?? As climbing has evolved, climbers developed their own language to simplify concepts within the sport. Language helps us communicate clearly and effectively. As Kevin from the office so eloquently puts it, “Why waste time say lot word when …

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