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One of America’s top climbers offers advice on how to use your lower body to power up a crag

Despite difficult conditions, the women’s sport-climbing finals produced a predictable result

American Nathaniel Coleman took second, while perennial favorite Adam Ondra missed out on the podium altogether

At home with the successful young climbers and burgeoning social media stars

This expert advice will help you get out of a rut and take your skills to a new level

As the sport is poised to enter the Olympics, a veteran climbing writer delves into its past in 'High Drama: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Competition Climbing'

Whether you're bouldering, sport climbing, or jamming splitters, choosing the right shoes is about more than fit. These are the best models.

With ultra-sticky rubber outsoles and leather uppers, these sport shoes are perfect for finding the edge on granite faces, climbing in the gym, or, if you’re like this guy, scaling 663-foot skyscrapers.

The famed free soloist gave us the beta on the country’s best rock-climbing mecca

We featured the Metolius Bravo Keylock Quickdraw in our roundup of the Best Sport Climbing Gear of 2018. The longer, double layer slings make it easier to clip bolts on those long, pumpy sport routes.

Our gear editor praised these approach shoes: “I loved them so much I wore one pair for four years straight through my first couple of photojournalism jobs because the thick all-leather build and highly cushioned soles put up with everything I faced daily—from muddy rodeo fields to long, boring press…

The Cragsmith was our favorite pack for sport climbing in 2018. We especially loved the main compartment’s easy access with a top entry and a U-shaped zipper, which allows you to open up the entire back and see all your equipment. That way, you never have to take everything…

This video recaps the Tuck Fest's deep-water solo competition at the U.S. National Whitewater Center

*these tactics also work if you climb 5.11, or 5.10, or 5.8

A definitive list of the best climbing the United States has to offer

Are you curious about what Olympic climbing will look like in 2020? We are, too. Here's what you should know before it all begins.

We featured this helmet in our nine favorite pieces of peak-bagging gear. Thanks to multiple adjustment straps, you can dial in the Wall Rider to fit your dome perfectly. “Bonus points for the ultralow weight and big vents to keep your noggin cool,” our tester writes.

With Spidey-like Stealth C4 rubber soles, these Guide Tennies excel as approach shoes. They also work for every day because of their clean, not-overdone aesthetics, cushy compression-molded EVA soles, and simple but fun colors. They’re not our first choice for longer hikes, but they’re perfect for overland camping trips where…

Finally, the Czech climber shows us that he might be human after all

The pro climber just made history on three big, big walls near Banff

A legal fight over access and an endangered frog has shut out climbers for 13 years, but the Forest Service has a plan to reopen many of the routes, as well as a section of the Pacific Crest Trail

12 pieces of essential gear chosen by our resident climber

From E9 Clothing Company, Because I See is a reflection on the sport of rock climbing.

For years, virtually no one could beat Lynn Hill to the top of a climbing wall. Then along came Isabelle Patissier, and beyond a shadow of a doubt things are changing.