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Top Rope, Sport or Trad: Which is right for you?

One of the most common questions people ask us here is ‘what’s the difference between top rope, sport, traditional climbing?’
When you’re new to climbing it can feel like travelling to a new country where everyone is speaking a foreign language.
Today we’re going to translate three of the most popular styles of climbing in Australia: top tope, sport and traditional climbing.
Top rope climbing
Top rope climbing is the style of climbing you

16 Aug 2016
Harness anatomy
Harnesses 101: Know your gear

With so many climbing harnesses on the market and so many different features and styles to get your head around, it can be hard to know where to start.  Tune in over the next few weeks as we take a look at climbing harnesses, their features, how to get the right fit and how to choose the best one for the kind of climbing you want to do.
For starters, here are the basic features of your harness and what they do:
Waist belt:  The waist belt is a padded or

10 Sep 2015
Learn to Lead course
Indoor Skills to Outdoor Thrills

Simon and Monique are back with stories from their Indoor to Outdoor Conversion course with instructor Marty Doolan. . . 
Our climbing weekend started with an early wake up and a road trip from our home in Wollongong up to the Blue Mountains. Our first stop was in Blackheath, our designated meeting point. Here, in a small Blackheath café, we put a face to the familiar voice of our instructor Marty. He had called us a couple days earlier to grab some information about our level of

27 Feb 2015
Learn to Lead course
Meet Simon and Monique

"I’m not sure when we first thought of climbing, but once we entered the welcoming doors of our local climbing gym, it no longer mattered.  We took to climbing like I take to chocolates in the house; we kept coming back for more."
Meet the winners of the Australian Climbing Festival Carabiner Guessing Competition: Monique and Simon!  They've won an Indoor to Outdoor Climbing Course, and over the next 12 months they will be be sharing their journey from indoor climbing bunnies to

6 Feb 2015
Welcome to the Unofficial Blue Mountains Dictionary of Climbing

Ever wondered what the difference is between free climbing and free-soloing?   How about a redpoint and a deadpoint?  Re-bolting vs retro-bolting?  And what on earth is a carrot bolt?
Learn the lingo here.  If you don't find what you need or you don't agree with the definitions, let us know.  We'd love to hear from you.
Accessory cord
Cord with a diameter of 1-9mm used for anchors, prusiks, slings and other purposes. Climbing accessory cord

30 Oct 2014