Safety Disclosure

As it says on every piece of climbing equipment: Climbing is inherently dangerous. You are ultimately responsible for your own safety.

The information presented here is intended to help you make an easier transition to outdoor climbing, but it is not a comprehensive education. If you really can’t find qualified in-person instruction, we recommend purchasing a copy of Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills.

The Freedom of the Hills is the most comprehensive textbook on rock climbing, snow climbing, and alpinism. It is up-to-date and will answer almost any question you could possibly have, complete with many helpful illustrations and diagrams.

We can’t recommend it enough. It’s $25 on Amazon.

But whatever you do, please exercise caution with your life. Outdoor climbing is not a controlled environment like indoor climbing — no one is there to check your work. When you venture outside, you are truly responsible for your life and the safety of your partners. Take this responsibility seriously and make sure you know what you’re doing.