The Ultimate Climbing Gear Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Having the right climbing gear can make all the difference between an enjoyable, challenging climb and disaster. Learn more about climbing rope, shoes, crampons, ice axes, harnesses, crash pads, belay and rappelling devices by taking this quiz.

In which form of climbing are you no more than a dozen feet from the ground?

In bouldering, climbers are usually no more than 12 feet (3.6 meters) from the ground, as they work their way through a boulder route called a problem. It's an extreme sport that emphasizes fitness, creativity, problem solving and teamwork.


Which among these is the most dangerous form of climbing?

The two most dangerous forms are solo climbing, which is climbing alone without a partner or rope and protection, and deep water solo climbing, which involves climbing a rock and falling into deep water.


What is the most versatile length for a climbing rope?

One of the most versatile ropes is a 60-meter-long (197 feet) dry rope with a 9.8 millimeter to 10.2 millimeter thickness.


What is the outer cover of climbing rope called?

The sheath is the protective, braided cover of the rope that protects the core and adds strength and shock absorption. Sheaths make up 30 to 40 percent of a rope's mass. The thicker the sheath, the more it resists cutting and abrasion.


What type of climbing ropes are ideal for big walls and extreme use?

Workhouse singles have a larger diameter and hold up to lots of use. This rope is ideal for big walls, top roping (when a rope is secured to an anchor point at the top of the route before the climb begins) and extreme use.


What type of climbing rope is lightweight and ideal for very long or difficult climbs?

Skinny singles are ideal for very long or difficult climbs, because they're lightweight.


What type of climbing ropes are lightweight and ideal for ice climbs and straight non-wandering rock climbs?

Twin ropes are a good two-rope option. They're lighter and less bulky than half ropes and good for ice climbs and straight non-wandering rock climbs where rappelling is necessary.


What type of climbing ropes are used in situations when you don't want the rope to stretch?

Static ropes are used in situations such as rappelling, rescue and big-wall ascending, or anytime you're lowering, ascending or pulling a load up with the rope.


What type of climbing ropes can be used in any form of climbing?

All-round singles are the do-everything rope. They have average diameter, weight and fall ratings (a measurement of the stress applied to a rope if a fall occurs). They're ideal for sport, traditional and alpine climbing.


What is the first shoe most climbers choose?

The first shoe of choice by climbers is in the all-day comfort category. You'll want to choose one that fits like a running shoe, but the tip of your longest toe should touch the end of the shoe. A snug fit helps make your feet more powerful when you're climbing cracks, crystals or overhanging rock.


What kind of climbing shoe uppers let your feet breathe and absorb sweat better?

Uppers made from new synthetic materials breathe and absorb sweat better.


What kind of shoe closure system do most experienced climbers and trainees use?

Slippers simply slip on your feet; they have thinner soles and allow you to "feel" the rock much more than lace-up shoes will. They're the easiest to wear and pack, and slippers are often the choice of more experienced climbers. Since they usually don't have a stiff sole and midsole, wearing them for training helps your feet gain strength.


What are the hanging tents used by big wall climbers also known as?

Experienced, well-conditioned climbers use portaledges, or hanging tents, when they set out to conquer big walls higher than 1,500 feet (4,572 meters).


What are metallic attachments to climbing shoes, used for extra traction when you're climbing on snow and ice, called?

Crampons, which look like metal skeletons with sharp points, attach to your climbing shoes for extra traction when you're climbing on snow and ice. Usually made of steel or aluminum, the frame fits beneath the soles of your shoes and is attached by adjustable straps or clamps.


What kind of climbing harnesses are good for all kinds of climbing and all kinds of body types and budgets?

All-around or multi-purpose harnesses are good for all kinds of climbing and all kinds of body types and budgets. They feature padded leg loops and a waist belt, detachable leg loops and gear loops for hooking your gear on the waist belt and a dedicated belay/rappel loop on the front so you can belay or rappel from it.


What kind of climbing harnesses are good for kids and adults with thin waists?

Body harnesses are made for children and adults with narrow waists and hips to prevent the climber from flipping upside down during a fall.


What should you use to secure the ice axe to your hand?

Try a leash to help secure the axe to your hand, with a leash stop in leather or metal to keep the leash from slipping off your hand


What is it called when one climber secures the rope for another climber as he ascends?

When one climber secures the rope for another climber as he ascends, it is called belaying. It's the basis of climbing safety -- one climber holds the rope to be able to hold the other climber in case of a fall. Belaying is done with the help of a belay device, a mechanical device that makes it possible for the belayer to hold the climber's weight.


What do climbers use to reduce the impact from falls during bouldering, sport climbing, and other tricky situations?

Crash pads are placed between the climber and the ground to help reduce the impact from falls. Crash pads are most often used for bouldering and sport climbing when routes are determined before the climb, and they're positioned beneath tricky locations where a climber is most likely to lose footing and fall.


Which organization tests climbing gear to help ensure a safe climb and long-lasting, durable equipment?

The International Federation of Mountaineering Associations, or UIAA, tests climbing gear to ensure a safe sport. Always check for UIAA testing before buying any equipment.


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