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TRADITIONAL CLIMBING

Our Traditional Climbing series showcases “trad” skills such as how to use camming devices for protection, how to build traditional anchors, and how to crack climb.

By now, you should have watched our Sport Climbing series, plus our requisite Basic Anchor Building, Belaying, and Rappelling videos.

The skills contained in our Traditional Climbing series precede our Multi-Pitch Trad Climbing series—and should be considered a prerequisite. Once you have a handle on this series, check out our (separate) Multi-Pitch Trad Climbing videos for more advanced climbing skills.

Similar to ice climbing, strongly consider starting out with traditional climbing by top-roping (versus starting with lead climbing). First, learn to set a solid traditional anchor, then learn to place gear while mock leading (where you are belayed on a top rope but clipping in a separate rope to practice leading).

Let’s get started! Our Traditional Climbing video series is below. Be careful, and have fun!

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

Hand Jamsvideo

Traditional Climbing: 1. Hand Jamming

  1. Hand Jamming In this video we review the “hand jam”. Hand jamming is a technique used to climb cracks as opposed to featured faces...
Crack Climbing Techniquesvideo

Traditional Climbing: 2. Crack Climbing Techniques

  2. Crack Climbing Techniques In this video we review crack climbing techniques. At first crack climbing can be a painful experience, but as you start...
Finger Locks vs Laybacksvideo

Traditional Climbing: 3. Finger Locks vs. Laybacking Cracks

  3. Finger Locks vs. Laybacking Cracks In this video we review two techniques for climbing cracks: laybacking vs. using finger locks. In any style of climbing,...
Toe Jamsvideo

Traditional Climbing: 4. Toe Jamming

  4. Toe Jamming In this video we review considerations when toe or foot jamming to climb a crack. The difference between a toe and foot...
Creating Tape Gloves for Crack Climbingvideo

Traditional Climbing: 5. Creating Tape Gloves for Crack Climbing

  5. Creating Tape Gloves for Crack Climbing In this video we review how to create tape gloves for crack climbing. Tape gloves are used to...
Cam Placement and Retrievalvideo

Traditional Climbing: 6. Cam Placement and Retrieval

  6. Cam Placement and Retrieval In this video we look at how to place and remove cams. The most important tip for retrieving a cam...
Cam Placement - Hand Sized Camsvideo

Traditional Climbing: 7. Cam Placements – Hand Sized Cams

  7. Cam Placements - Hand Sized Cams In this video we review considerations for placing hand-sized cams. 1. Pull the cam’s trigger until the lobes...
Cam Placements - Small Camsvideo

Traditional Climbing: 8. Cam Placements – Small Cams

  8. Cam Placements - Small Cams In this video we review considerations for placing small cams. Small cams are cams that range from 0.5 -...
Cam Considerations - 3 Lobe vs. 4 Lobevideo

Traditional Climbing: 9. Cam Considerations – 4 Lobe vs. 3 Lobe

  9. Cam Considerations - 4 Lobe vs. 3 Lobe In this video we review considerations between using a 4 lobe (Alien) vs 3 lobe (Metolius...
Retrieving stuck camsvideo

Traditional Climbing: 10. Retrieving Stuck Cams

  10. Retrieving Stuck Cams In this video we review considerations for retrieving stuck cams. Cams can get stuck for many reasons. Perhaps it was incorrectly...
Building Traditional Anchors P1video

Traditional Climbing: 11. Building Traditional Anchors – Part 1 of 2

  11. Building Traditional Anchors - Part 1 or 2 In this video we review the fundamentals of building a traditional anchor system. You’ll notice we...
12-Trad - Building Traditional Anchors P2video

Traditional Climbing: 12. Building Traditional Anchors – Part 2 of 2

  12. Building Trad Anchors - Part 2 of 2 In this video we continue reviewing the fundamentals of building a traditional anchor system. In our...
13-Trad - Assessing Trad Anchor Rock Qualityvideo

Traditional Climbing: 13. Assessing Trad Anchor Rock Quality

  13. Assessing Trad Anchor Rock Quality In this video we look at ways to assess rock quality for your traditional anchor. Consider two points: 1. Check...
14-Trad - Alternative Trad Anchor Considerations # 1video

Traditional Climbing: 14. Alternative Trad Anchor – Consideration #1

  14. Alternative Trad Anchor - Consideration #1 What happens if you run out of slings while leading a pitch and arrive at the anchor with...
15-Trad - Alternative Trad Anchor Considerations # 2video

Traditional Climbing: 15. Alternative Trad Anchor – Consideration #2

  15. Alternative Trad Anchor - Consideration #2 In this video we look at another way to build a traditional anchor in the event the climber...
16-Trad - Trad Anchors with Slings vs. Cordalettesvideo

Traditional Climbing: 16. Trad Anchors with Slings vs. Cordelettes

  16. Trad Anchors with Slings vs. Cordalettes In this video we review considerations for building a traditional anchor with slings, in the case where a...
17-Trad - Combining Optimal Anchor Placements with Marginal Gearvideo

Traditional Climbing: 17. Combining Optimal Anchor Placements with Marginal Gear

  17. Combining Optimal Anchor Placements with Marginal Gear What happens when you are not convinced that three anchor pieces is enough to make a solid...
18-Trad - Horizontal Trad Anchorvideo

Traditional Climbing: 18. Horizontal Trad Anchor

  18. Horizontal Trad Anchor In this video we review considerations for horizontal traditional anchors, where the anchor pieces are all placed in a horizontal crack...
19-Trad - Maximizing Space at the Anchorvideo

Traditional Climbing: 19. Maximizing Space at the Anchor

  19. Maximizing Space at the Anchor In this video we review ways to maximize space at the anchor when all members of your climbing party...
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Traditional Climbing: 20. How to Escape the Belay—with redirect

  20. How to Escape the Belay—with redirect In this video we look at how to escape a redirected belay. This is an advanced rockcraft skill...
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Traditional Climbing: 21. How to Escape the Belay—Off your harness

  21. How to Escape the Belay—Off your harness In this video we look at how to escape a belay rigged directly on your harness. This...
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Traditional Climbing: 22. “Coarse & Buggy” (5.11a/b) in Joshua Tree

22. "Coarse & Buggy" (5.11a/b) in Joshua Tree In this video, CTT athlete Michelle Jung “sends” an ultra classic 5.11 route called Coarse & Buggy...

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