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Glossary of Climbing Terms

 

Abseiling - Lowering oneself down a fixed rope using a belay device. (“rappelling” in American English)

 

Aid Climbing - Ascending a wall by using protection points to make progress (as opposed to free climbing).

 

Belaying - Securing a roped climber with a friction device (aka belay device).

 

Beta - Information

 

Bloc - Boulder problem

 

Bouldering - Climbing on short walls without ropes. There are safety mats under the walls to make the landing more comfortable. Bouldering is done both outdoors and indoors.

 

Carabiners - A metal loop with a sprung gate. Screwgate carabiners have locking gates. (also spelled karabiner)

 

Dry tooling - Like mixed climbing but without the ice.

 

Flash - Leading a route without stopping on the first attempt with prior knowledge about the route (eg seeing someone else climb it).

 

Free climbing - Ascending a wall by climbing (without using protection points for progress). When people talk about climbing they usually mean free climbing.

 

Free soloing - Free climbing without protection or a belayer. Note that free soloing is not allowed at The Castle!

 

Headpointing - Leading a route in one go after top rope practice. This is generally used in hard trad climbing.

 

Leading - Roped climbing where the rope is not already in place. The climber must pass the rope through protection points (runners) placed on the wall.

 

Mixed climbing - (Outdoors) climbing a route with ice axes and crampons that mixes rock and ice.

 

Multi-pitch climbing - Climbing a route with more than one stop at a belay station.

 

On-sight - Leading a route without stopping on the first attempt with no prior knowledge of the route. Generally the protection must be placed on lead for a genuine on-sight.

 

Quickdraws - A short sling with carabiners on either end.

 

Rainbow - Using all available holds to climb a route.

 

Redpointing - Leading a route in one go without stopping with prior practice on the route.

 

Route - Roped climb.

 

Runners - Short for ‘running belays’. These are protection points along a lead climbing wall. Climbers connect the rope to these points using Quickdraws (carabiners and sling).

 

Seconding - When someone climbs up the route that has been led, taking out the protection as they ascend.

 

Solo aiding - Advanced rope technique where a climber ascends by aid climbing without a belayer.  The climber generally fixes a rope to an anchor below them.

 

Solo climbing - Climbing without a belayer. See Free Soloing and Solo Aiding.

 

Sport climbing - A type of outdoor climbing where fixed protection points (staples, bolts) are fixed into the rock.

 

Spotting - A technique to help a boulderer control their fall.

 

Trad climbing - Short for traditional climbing.  A type of outdoor climbing where the climber places removable gear (nuts, cams, slings) on lead.

 

Traversing - Bouldering sideways, low to the ground.

 

Top-roping - Roped climbing where the rope is already in place through anchors at the top of the wall.

 

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