Rock Climbing Definitions & Vocabulary

Big Wall – Climbing for multiple days up thin cracks on giant slabs of rock with lots of cool climbing gear.

Cam – short for camming device, a cam is temporary protection placed in a crack

Multi-pitch Climbing – A climbing route that is longer than one length of rope. The belayer and climber trade positions as they ascend each section of the climb.

Top Roping – A setup involving a rope attached to a climber, running up through an anchor above and back down to a belayer.

Trad Climbing – Traditional Climbing is the purest form of safe climbing on a cliff and uses temporary protection.