We’ve tried to provide you with a few of the words and terms associated with rock climbing. This might help answer some questions or help you feel more familiar before you join us for an adventure.
Aid Climbing – The use of anything other than the natural features to ascend up the rock.
Anchor – The point where the rope is fixed into the rock.
Barn Door – An off balance move that causes a climber to pivot on two points of contact. The result looks like you are opening the barn door.
Belay – To keep the climber safe by controlling the rope.
Belayer – The person keeping the climber safe by controlling the rope.
Belay Device – Usually a metal device which the belayer uses to control the rope. There ae several types of devices, all creating friction against the rope, allowing the belayer to catch a falling climber.
Belay Betty or Belay Bob – The significant other of an addictive rock climber.
Big wall – A long route that takes many pitches or rope lengths to ascend.
Biner – Short for “carabiner”, a short loop of metal with a gate that can attach things together.
Boulder – A rock short enough to climb relatively safely without a rope.
Bouldering – Climbing low to the ground and without a rope.
Brake Hand – The hand that holds the rope securely.
Camming Device – A removable, portable protection that helps stop a climber if they fall.
Carabiner – A removable, portable protection that helps stop a climber if they fall.
Crack climbing – Climbing continuous cracks in rocks, requiring specific techniques and protection methods.
Crimp – Gripping so that the fingertips contact the hold with slightly raised knuckles.
Crimping on the Way Radical Tiny Gnarlies – climbing a route with really small holds.
Cross through – Reaching with a hand or foot that crosses the other appendage.
Crux – The most crucial., difficult part of the climb.
Descender – The device used for rappelling.
Dirt Me – Climbing speak for “Let me down”, after finishing or giving up on a top rope climb.
Don’t Slap Rude if You’re Shaky at the Crux – duh… Don’t slap rude if you’re shaky at the crux… Dude!
Downclimb – Climbing downward rather than upward.
Dyno – Climbing move in which the climber jumps from one hold to another.
8-Ring – A common rappel / belay device shaped like the number “8”.
Elvis leg – A leg shaking uncontrollably during a climb, usually due to nerves or over contraction of the muscles. Sometimes called sewing machine leg.
Enscarfment – A food break at the edge of a cliff.
Epic – The story of an ordinary, well planned, climb that suddenly turns into an adventure thriller! With an eventual happy ending. As the drama unfolds around the campfires at night or to a wide-eyed audience in the local tavern, it becomes increasingly difficult to sift the fact from the fiction.
Figure 8 knot – The most common knot used to attach the climber’s harness to the rope.
Flag – Dangling a leg to improve balance.
4th Classing – see Free Solo
Free Climb – To climb upward using only the natural rock features, and only using man made gear for protection.
Free Solo – To free climb without the use of any manmade protection.
Going To Church – Climbing on Sunday.
Gravical – The adrenaline high a climber may experiences upon a lot of air between climber and the ground level. ( i.e., “This is gravical, dude!”)
Gumbie – An inexperienced or new rock climber.
Hang Dog – To rest on the rope while climbing.
Lead – Starting with the rope on the ground, climbing by clipping into protection points on the way up.
Poser – Someone trying to make you believe that they climb much better than they actually do.
Rack – The climbing gear carried during an ascent.
Rappel – Descending down the length of a rope.
Rappeler – One who enjoys sliding down ropes instead of climbing up rocks.
“Rock!” – A warning yelled to anyone below when a piece of rock is falling on a climb.
Scrambling – Easy climbing, usually unroped.
Slab – A climb that is less than vertical.
Summit – The top of a mountain or rock.
Top reputation, expert guides, a great time for all. Texas Climbing Adventures considers the sport of rock climbing to be a complete mind-body workout. With that belief, we aim to present our climbers with a physical challenge that requires more mental input than most sports while rewarding them with an exceptional sense of achievement at the completion of every climb. Instruction in proper climbing techniques, education on critical safety procedures, and providing experienced guides who can articulate skills while offering encouragement is our mission.