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Glossary

New to climbing? Don't be confused!

Deciding to try an exciting new sport like climbing can be a bit overwhelming at first. Luckily for you, the Awesome Walls team are the best in the industry at removing barriers to participation and making climbing accessible to everyone. Below we've tried to answer many of the most frequently asked questions by our customers.

Abseil

The controlled descent off a vertical drop, such as a rock face, using a rope. Also know as a "Rappel".

Auto Belay

An auto belay is an automatic belay device that eliminates the need for a human to hold the climber's rope. The auto belay takes up the slack as a climber ascends and safely controls the descent when the climber lets go or falls.

Belay

To secure someone while climbing.

Belay Device

The device a "belayer" uses to hold the rope of a climber.

Bouldering

Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that is performed on small rock formations or artificial rock walls, known as boulders, without the use of ropes or harnesses... Typically this is close to the ground, so protection takes the form of crash pads and spotting instead of ropes.

Carabiner

Metal ring with a spring-loaded gate, used as a connector. Usually oval or D shaped. Also known as 'crab' or 'biner' (pronounced kar-uh-bee-ner).

Chalk

Dust applied to hands to keep them dry and improve grip.

Figure-8

A knot used to attach a climber to the end of the rope.

Harness

A device is worn to allow a person to safely hang suspended in the air.

Lead Climb

Climbing up a route and clipping the rope to the bolts using quickdraws for protection.

Quickdraw

Two carabiners connected with a nylon sling. The top carabiner clips the quickdraw to the wall, while you clip the rope to the bottom one.

Route

A route is a rock climb. At Awesome Walls, all routes are colour coded and given a difficulty grade.

Top Rope

When a climber has the security of a rope from above.

Traverse

Climbing sideways instead of upwards.