Cold Kentucky Climbing

By: Jake Mansfield Photos Courtesy of Josh Gonzalez From September through mid-December, climbers all over the country descend upon their favorite rock-climbing destinations for their fall trips. This is widely considered “Climbing Season”. This means everywhere from your local crag to Yosemite National Park will be at its highest volume of climbers all year.

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Cold Weather Climbing

The focus isn’t ice climbing or alpine climbing, rather living in the Midwest with a strong desire to climb outside for as many months as possible!

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Kendall Cliffs Indoor Rock Gym

Rock Climbing Grades and Ratings: Growing as a Climber

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rock climber, it is important to understand the system for rock climbing grades and ratings in the US. Using these ratings, you can learn and challenge yourself as you train harder to reach the next climbing level. Understanding route grades will allow you to understand yourself as

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Mammut 10.0 Galaxy Classic top rope

Top Rope Climbing: Conquer The Cliffs

Rock climbing is one of the best ways to have fun, be fit, and enjoy an adrenaline rush. There are many different kinds of rock climbing – you can choose from bouldering, trad climbing, and top rope climbing, which can be done inside or outside, depending on your preferences. Experience the thrill of climbing

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Bouldering with a spotter in the outdoors.

Different Types of Rock Climbing: Bouldering at Kendall Cliffs

Out of all the different types of rock climbing, bouldering needs very little gear and time. Bouldering is a good technique to learn, whether you’re a beginning climber learning holds or an advanced climber maintaining your skills. All you need are some climbing shoes, a crash pad, a chalk bag, and an experienced spotter!

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Man bouldering on a large boulder

Different Types of Climbing and Equipment: The Basics

Did you know that there are different types of rock climbing and that many rock climbers specialize in a specific type? Each style of rock climbing needs specific terrain or equipment, and some styles need specialized training so that your muscles are strong enough to take you to the summit. The good news is

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Man gripping rock climbing hold

The Top 7 Terms For Rock Climbing Holds

Try out varying levels of challenge with jugs. Photo Credit: Learning to rock climb can feel like learning a foreign language. The knots alone can be overwhelming! To help you grow into the best climber you can be, we’ve gathered useful definitions of some of the most common rock climbing holds terminology. Keep

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