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Rock climbers on Valkyrie at The Roaches in Staffordshire, England.
Rock climbers on Valkyrie at The Roaches in Staffordshire, England.
A competitor in a rope climbing event, at Lyon's Part-Dieu shopping centre.
A competitor in a rope climbing event, at Lyon's Part-Dieu shopping centre.

Climbing is the activity of using one's hands or feet to ascend a steep object. It is done both for recreation (to reach an inaccessible place, or for its own enjoyment) and professionally, as part of activities such as maintenance of a structure, or military operations. Climbing, climb may refer to one of the following. ... Download high resolution version (795x1309, 105 KB)Climbers on Valkyrie at The Roaches in Staffordshire, United Kingdom File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Download high resolution version (795x1309, 105 KB)Climbers on Valkyrie at The Roaches in Staffordshire, United Kingdom File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Roaches (from the French les roches - the rocks) are a geographical feature situated above Leek and Tittesworth reservoir in the Peak District of the United Kingdom. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2136x2848, 2851 KB) An unidentified competitor at theropeclimbing. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2136x2848, 2851 KB) An unidentified competitor at theropeclimbing. ... This article is about the French city. ...


Climbing activities include:

  • Mountain climbing (Mountaineering): Ascending mountains for sport or recreation. It often involves rock and/or ice climbing.
  • Rock climbing: Ascending rock formations, often using climbing shoes and a chalk bag. Equipment such as ropes, bolts, nuts, hexes and camming devices are normally employed, either as a safeguard or for artificial aid.
  • Ice climbing: Ascending ice or hard snow formations using special equipment designed for the purpose, usually ice axes and crampons. Protective equipment is similar to rock climbing, although protective devices are different (ice screws, snow wedges).
  • Bouldering: Ascending boulders or small outcrops, often with climbing shoes and a chalk bag or bucket. Usually, instead of using a safety rope from above, injury is avoided using a crash pad (a combination of high and low density foam, within a heavy duty fabric structure, often transported on the back) and a human spotter (to direct a falling climber on to the pad).
  • Buildering: Climbing urban structures - usually without equipment - avoiding normal means of ascent like stairs and elevators. Aspects of buildering can be seen in the art of movement known as Parkour.
  • Tree climbing: Ascending trees without harming them, using ropes and other equipment. This is a less competitive activity than rock climbing.
  • Rope climbing: Climbing a short, thick rope for speed. Not to be confused with roped climbing, as in rock or ice climbing.
  • Pole climbing (lumberjack): Lumberjack tree-trimming and competitive tree-trunk or pole climbing for speed using spikes and belts.

Rock, ice, and tree climbing all usually use ropes for safety or for aid. Pole climbing and rope climbing were among the first exercises to be included in the origins of modern gymnastics in the late 18th century and early 19th century. Mountaineering is an umbrella term that can variously be used to describe the actions of climbing, hillwalking and scrambling. ... Climbers on Valkyrie at the Roaches. ... Ice climbing is the recreational activity of climbing ice formations such as icefalls, and frozen waterfalls. ... This article is about water ice. ... Ice axe 1 â€“ pick 2 â€“ head 3 â€“ adze 4 â€“ leash 5 â€“ leash stop 6 â€“ shaft with rubber grip 7 â€“ spike An ice axe is a multi-purpose mountaineering tool carried by practically every mountaineer. ... Crampons with buckled straps Crampons are a framework of spikes that are attached to boots to provide traction on snow and ice. ... Bouldering is a style of rock climbing undertaken without a rope and normally limited to very short climbs so that a fall will not result in injury. ... A crash pad may refer to either of the following: In climbing, it will refer to a bouldering mat. ... A climber ascends a bridge using aid climbing techniques Buildering (also known as urban climbing, structuring, or stegophily) is the act of climbing the outside of buildings and other urban structures. ... A traceur performs an arm jump (cat leap), which in french is called a saut de bras. ... Tree climbing consists of ascending and moving around in the canopy of trees. ... A competitor in a rope climbing event, at Lyons Part-Dieu shopping centre. ... Pole and mast climbers from a pre-1851 engraving // Pole climbing may be defined as ascending a pole which one can grip with the hands. ...


In popular culture

Climbing has been featured in many popular movies, such as Cliffhanger and Mission: Impossible II, but is usually inaccurately portrayed by Hollywood movies and popular media. Exceptions include the films The Eiger Sanction and Touching the Void. The sport of rock climbing was swept up in the extreme sport craze in the late 1990s which led to images of rock climbers on everything from anti-perspirant and United States Marine Corps commercials, to college promotional materials. Both pole and rope climbing can be seen in circus performances, such as Cirque du Soleil. The sport of rope climbing was once an official gymnastic event in the Olympic Games, but was dropped after 1932. The Czech republic and France have resurrected it and contests are held in public gathering places, such as shopping centers, as well as in gymnasiums. Pole and mast climbing were popular in the 18th and 19th century in village festivals in certain parts of Europe, and were still part of the physical education curriculum at the United States Naval Academy in the 1960s. Cliffhanger is a 1993 action movie directed by Renny Harlin and starring Sylvester Stallone and John Lithgow. ... Mission: Impossible II, or M:I-2 as it is also known, is the 2000 John Woo-directed sequel to Brian De Palmas 1996 Mission: Impossible motion picture, based on the TV series of the same name. ... The Eiger Sanction is a 1975 action/thriller film based on a 1972 novel by American author Dr. Rodney William Whitaker, under the pen name Trevanian, and directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Eastwood as Dr. Jonathan Hemlock. ... Touching the Void is a book by Joe Simpson recounting the true story of Simpsons and Simon Yates disastrous and near fatal attempt to climb the 6,344 metre (20,813 foot) Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985. ... This article is about various Extreme Sports. ... United States Marine Corps Emblem The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is the second smallest of the five branches of the United States armed forces, with 170,000 active and 40,000 reserve Marines as of 2002. ... Cirque du Soleil (French for Circus of the Sun) is an entertainment empire based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and founded in Baie-Saint-Paul in 1984 by two former street performers, Guy Laliberté and Daniel Gauthier. ... Year 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1932 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The United States Naval Academy (USNA) is an institution for the undergraduate education of officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps and is in Annapolis, Maryland . ...

An ice climber using special equipment.
An ice climber using special equipment.

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See also


  Results from FactBites:
 
Climbing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1360 words)
Stack climbing is climbing sea stacks: near vertical columns of rock in the sea, near coasts.
Professional tree climbing is climbing on trees for the purpose of hardware installation, pruning, or removal.
Climbing is also common during streetparade in Zurich and reincarnation in Hannover, although security staff and policemen pay close attention to climbers, since injuries and property damage have occurred in the past.
Category:Climbing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (128 words)
Climbing is going up, or, depending on context, also down.
In particular it refers to steep climbs or vertical, e.g.
on a hill, mountain or stairs, in a pole or tree, etc. Climbing without a vehicle is often done as a sport or recreation.
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