So you want to pose a rock climbing aficionado, do ya? Well, there’s nothing wrong with that in and of itself. But you know what they say: You have to talk the talk before you can walk the talk. Or something like that. Who cares what they say? They-em are always getting things wrong.
The Poseur’s Guide to Rock Climbing will take you on a brief, but essential tour of the lingo. If you can talk your way into looking like a rock climber, you may get the girl or guy of your dreams without ever stepping foot onto rock. Here are some terms you should know if you want to pass yourself off as a rock climber.
No, this is not a mushmouth mispronunciation of relay. Belay describes the process where one manages the rope for a climber. The climber is said to be On Belay when the belayer is read to lock off the rope to prevent a fall.
Face climbing refers to climbing on a smooth piece of gigantic rock use holding footholds and handholds. Face climbing is a term used to distinguish what you are on that expanse of smooth rock from crack climbing in which you use the cracks and the principle of friction to lift your love (of climbing) higher.
Interestingly enough, flake is not a rock climbing term used to describe a climber gifted with a sense of imagination and creativity, but is rather a term to used to describe a certain piece of rock that is detached from the main face. A flake can be either very small or very large.
The rock climbing poseur will want to impress the definition of red point upon his or her memory banks. This rock climbing term refers to climbing a route from the ground up without either falling to your death or resting on your gear. The point of red point is that previous inspections and practice sessions were tried on the route before you finally made it. A pink point, by way of contrast, means that quick draws were in place before you start the ascension.
The Poseur’s Guide to Rock Climbing reader really does need to know the express definition of zipper as it relates to rock climbing. Zipper is the term applied to the action of ripping through your protective gear as you fall. Zipper in this instance is much better utilized as a verb than a noun: You don’t want to zipper on this climb.
Go ahead. I dare you to guess what edging means in the world of rock climbing. You’ve become something of a rock climbing poseur, so use your imagination and determine what on earth edging could mean. To see how well you have learned to be a poseur, go to the bottom of this page for the definition of this term.
A chimney is a crack in the rock that expands more than twelve inches across. Ascension of the rock means wedging yourself into the chimney and kind of shimmying your way toward the heights.
One would hope that if you are trying to become a rock climbing poseur, you would already at least be familiar with the term rappel. But just in case you aren’t, to rappel is to descend a rope that is held stationary using a method of friction to control the rate at which you descend.
The deadpoint is perhaps the funnest part of being a rock climber so you want to be sure you, as a rock climbing poseur, are very familiar with it. The deadpoint is a fleeting moment, so treat it with the respect it deserves. There is a moment that occurs when you are moving a hand upward to grab another hold before you drop down where you experience the sensation of being weightless. As a poseur, you need to know that this is a move generally reserved for the pros. As a poseur, you are nowhere near a pro so be careful when tossing this rock climbing term around.
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Edging is using the edge of a climbing sole so that you become capable of standing on a very narrow hold.