Climbing Terminology

“So, like, the other day, I was red pointing a route, reached the arĂȘte and started to barn door off, I managed to flag left, reached for the big jug and made it to the next bolt”…say what???

Climbing is full of terminology, jargon and slang.  Below is a list of the most common ones heard and their meanings.  If you find one that you think should be added to the list, why not drop us a mail and we’ll add it. 

Abseil
ArĂȘte
ATC
Barn Door
Belay

Belay Device

Beta

Biner 

Bolt
Bolt Chopping
Bomb-Proof
Bottom Rope 

Bouldering
Bridging 
Buildering
Cam 

Campus Board
Carabiner
Chalk
Chalk Bag

Chimney

Chipping

Choss

Clipstick
Crab 

Crash Pad
Crimp
Crux

Dead Hang

Deep Water Soloing

Disco Leg 
Down Climb
Dyno

Edging

Elvis Leg
Fist Jam
Flagging
Flapper
Font
Free Climbing
Free Solo
Gri Gri
Hang Dog
Harness

Hexcentric
High Ball 
Jamming 
Jug 
Liquid Chalk
Locking Karabiner 
Mantle
Mountain Rescue

Multi-Pitch
Nut

Nut Key
On-Sight
Overhang 

Polish
Problem

Protection

Pumped
Quickdraw
Rack
 
Red Point 
Second
Sewing Machine Leg
Side Pull
Sit Start

Slab

Slack

SLCD
Sling
Sloper
Smearing 
Spotting
Take
Top Rope

Top-Out
Traverse
Tyrolean Traverse
Undercling
Webbing 
Woodie
Z-Clipping