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Basic Climbing Skills

Basic Climbing Skills

The climbing skills presented here are a collection of basic mountaineering skills that climbers should have in order to feel comfortable and properly prepared in order to join a rope team led by a professional guide. This presentation is meant for climbers who have already learned the skills in the mountains and are looking for a quick refresher of terminology and basic movements. This resource is not a comprehensive guide!

Ice Axe

Ice Axe Terminology

ice axe terminology

Basic Ice Axe Grip

Self Arrest Grip

Snow Walking Techniques

Rest Step

Rest Step

Duck Step

Duck Step

Cross Over Step

Cross Over Step

Cramponing

Cramponing

Rope Travel Skills

Rope Interval

rope team interval

Making Switchbacks / Corners

rope travel corners

Self & Team Arrest Skills

Anchor Position

anchor position self arrest

Self Arrest: Back/Feet First

self arrest back

 

Self Arrest: Stomach/Head First

self arrest stomach

Self Arrest: Back/Head First

self arrest back

 

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