BASIC & INTERMEDIATE OUTDOOR

The Basic & Intermediate Outdoor Climbing series focuses on gear and technique considerations for a day of outdoor climbing. CTT Videos include basic anchors for top roping, different types of outdoor belaying, and how to rappel.

This series also revisits key considerations such as tying into the rope, top-rope belaying and/or lead belaying, plus verbal communications as seen in our Gym Top Roping series. The skills in this series will also help you move into more advanced video series such as Sport Climbing, Traditional Climbing, Multi-Pitch Trad Climbing, and Aid Climbing.

Be careful out there! A mistake or an oversight could have lasting consequences. Triple check everything, and have fun!

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Please remember, climbing is inherently dangerous. Climb at your own risk.

Harness Safetyvideo

Basic & Intermediate Outdoor Climbing: 1. Harness Safety

  1. Harness Safety As with any roped climbing, indoor or outdoor, start by checking your harness first. Watch the video above--for more on this, see...
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Basic & Intermediate Outdoor Climbing: 2. How to Tie-in with a Figure-Eight Knot

  2. How to Tie-in with a Figure-Eight Knot After checking harnesses, the climber will want to properly tie in to his or her harness. The...
Top Rope Belay Basicsvideo

Basic & Intermediate Outdoor Climbing: 3. Top Rope Belay Basics

  3. Top Rope Belay Basics Next, the belayer will want to put the climber “on belay.” Watch the video above. For even more about top...
Top Rope Anchor Safety Considerations (aka “SERENE”)video

Basic & Intermediate Outdoor Climbing: 4. Top Rope Anchor Safety Considerations – SRENE

  4. Top Rope Anchor Safety Considerations - SRENE Whether building a climbing anchor off pre-existing bolts and hangers, or using traditional climbing gear as protection...
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Basic & Intermediate Outdoor Climbing: 5. Opposite and Opposed

  5. Opposite and Opposed Before we dive too deep into our top rope anchor videos, let’s take a closer look at how to make carabiners...
Top Rope Anchor - Double Length Slingvideo

Basic & Intermediate Outdoor Climbing: 6. Top Rope Anchor – Using a Double Length...

  6. Top Rope Anchor - Using a Double Length Sling In this video we review how to create a top rope anchor using a double-length...
Top Rope Anchor - Cordelettevideo

Basic & Intermediate Outdoor Climbing: 7. Top Rope Anchor – Using a Cordelette

  7. Top Rope Anchor - Using a Cordelette In this video we review how to create an outdoor top-rope anchor using a cordelette. To create...
Top Rope Anchor - “Sliding X”video

Basic & Intermediate Outdoor Climbing: 8. Top Rope Anchor – The Sliding X

  8. Top Rope Anchor - The Sliding X Unlike gym climbing, outdoor climbing typically requires an anchor to be created at the top of the...
How to Belay From Abovevideo

Basic & Intermediate Outdoor Climbing: 9. How To Belay From Above

  9. How To Belay From Above In this video we review how to belay from above the climber, as opposed to below the climber. This...
How to belay from above using an Autoblock belay devicevideo

Basic & Intermediate Outdoor Climbing: 10. Direct Belay using an Auto-Block Device

  10. Direct Belay using an Auto-Block Device In this video we review how to belay a climber from above, directly off the anchor using an...
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Basic & Intermediate Outdoor Climbing: 11. Stopper Knots for Belay & Rappel

  11. Stopper Knots for Belay & Rappel In this video we review how to tie a “double overhand knot” or “stopper knot” to help prevent...
How to Back up the Rappelvideo

Basic & Intermediate Outdoor Climbing: 12. How to Back up the Rappel

  12. How to Back up the Rappel In this video we review two ways to back up a belay device for a rappel. Backing up the...
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Basic & Intermediate Outdoor Climbing: 13. Cleaning a Top Rope Anchor & Rappelling with...

  13. Cleaning a Top Rope Anchor & Rappelling with a Backup In this video we review how to clean a top rope anchor and rappel...
How to Tie a Munter Hitchvideo

Basic & Intermediate Outdoor Climbing: 14. How To Tie The Munter Hitch

  14. How To Tie The Munter Hitch In this video we review how to tie the munter hitch, and then tie it off with the...
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Basic & Intermediate Outdoor Climbing: 15. How To Coil the Rope – Butterfly Coil

  15. How To Coil the Rope - Butterfly Coil In this video we review how to coil the rope using a butterfly coil. This is...
Racking up for lead climbingvideo

Basic & Intermediate Outdoor Climbing: 16. Traditional Climbing – Racking for Lead

  16. Traditional Climbing - Racking for Lead In this video we look at ways for the lead climber to rack for their climb. Here are...

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