Climbing Glossary of Terms|
- A solid, stable point form
which a top rope, rappel or belay can be set. The following make good anchors:
sturdy trees, large blocks or boulders, and gazebos. None of these will be
available when you need to set up an anchor.
- An activity of local law
enforcement agencies, such as "The police areted us on the spot."
- A way for a climber to catch
their breath, relax, and catch some rays. Belaying is fun- it means someone
else is doing the tough stuff.
- To run away in horror at the
sight of that bouldering project your buddy's been talking about.
- The kid up at the top of the
cliff is throwing rocks and beer cans at the climbers below.
- A miraculous device (named
after your truly) that can be used as an anchor, as a link between the rope and
protection, as a rappel brake, or as a clip for carrying various items up a
climb. It also makes julienne fries-don't leave home without it.
- An item of mystical
significance, thought to give superhuman strength to the wearer.
- Large thermal container,
usually filled with beer.
- A rock feature that
effectively removes all skin from the knuckles and the backs of
- That crucial point in the
climb when the rubber in your shoes suddenly decides not to stick, your fingers
feel like wooden blocks, the strength drains from your upper body like water
down a sewer, and you forget even the most basic climbing
- The point in the climb, when,
if you don't make the next move, you're looking at a closed casket funeral and
a ruined weekend for your climbing partners.
- See "Flash."
- Ouch, ouch, ouch!
- The sort of climb that leaves
the fingers looking like packages of hamburger in the grocery department. Or
maybe not so appealing.
- Any person who engages in the
sport of climbing...
- To expose the private parts,
usually when the seat of your tights rips out on that strenuous crux move. See
- The one route on the cliff
that doesn't have anyone on it, usually the on e with the miserable, dirty
crack, and the ledge at the top of the pitch with the mean-tempered rattlesnake
- Something that most climbers
don't seem to have time for, since they spend all their free time at the crags
or in climbing gyms. A fellow climber put it, "I have lots of nuts but no
- The liquid that oozes from
the hands after they've been shoved into a crack and used to crank the
climber's body up the face.
- A belay point which you to
hang suspended, feet not touching the rock at all. This is usually when your
harness starts to bind, you need to go to the bathroom, and you become
convinced that your anchors are slowly wiggling their way out of the
- A restraint device for
torture, thought to have originated during the Spanish Inquisition.
- An adjective, which when
used, increases the relative difficulty of the climb you are describing by at
least two grades.
- A spell you cast on the
leader as you wrestle with a piece of pro that is stubbornly wedges in a
- Any piece of anchoring
equipment which might be sold in the more politically correct gear
- Describes a type of climbing
in parts of California.
- See "flake."
- A position in which the
climber is left dangling on the rope, head down. So named because the sensation
is somewhat similar to a hangover.
- Leaving only a few bits of
skin and possibly some fingernail of a climb. Not as prestigious as
- To throw forcibly from a
cliff, as in, "Screaming in anger and frustration, she pitched the guidebook
over the edge."
- A whimsical term, referring
to the oddly shaped bits of metal that climbers stuff into cracks to make
themselves feel safer. This term has little connection to its English
- The fastest known way to
separate a climber from her hard-earned cash.
- Leaving blood and bits of
skin on a climb. I can say with pride that I have redpointed nearly every climb
I have done.
- The climber who wisely splits
after seeing the route; an overhanging, flaring crack, the base of which is
scattered with the bones of those who have gone before.
- To go on an errand, as in
"Runout and get some more beer, would you?"
- That tiny crystal of rock
that hypnotizes a climber into believing that she can place her foot on it and
use it to support her full body weight.
- Long pieces of tubular nylon,
used mainly to tie off to anchors, but which can also be used to restrain the
climber who is overly eager to rush into some new folly. (5.10 in the rain, for
- A climber who has had too
Biner, in High Exposure
Glossary of Terms by Lisa
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