The average Joshua Tree Uprising guide, whether it applies to novices or veterans, tend to focus mostly on techniques and equipment. They tend to miss out on the fact that communication is important if you are climbing with a buddy or a group, and that climbers tend to use a lot of jargon. In order to help novices get ahead in this sport, here are a handful of commonly used climbing terminologies, as well as their meaning:
Joshua Tree Uprising Guide to Climbing Jargon
- Belay – this refers to the belay device, but when used as a verb means to take up the slack or feed slack for a climber. In this context, a belayer is the person in charge of the rope using a belay device.
- Biff – an unplanned fall during a climb, applies to anywhere.
- Big Wall – not literal. It refers to a route that is multi pitch and will require multiple days to complete.
- Bight – the small fold or bend in a rope.
- Bivouac – to sleep without the use of a tent
- Bouldering – the climbing of a sequence of small rocks
- Burl – to climb using only brute force or muscle as opposed to relying on technique.
- Chipping – this is when someone creates or enhances holds in order to manufacture a new route. This is frowned upon and avoided, mainly because it can put other climbers at risk.
- Choss – a rock that is not suited for climbing. It applies to brittle, wet, or slippery rocks.
- FA – stands for First Ascent. It applies to the route or boulder.
- Gobies – refers to the wounds found in a climber’s hands, particularly the ones that resulted from climbing.
- Hangdog – this is lightly derogatory, as it refers to resting on the rope frequently despite being on lead.
- Jug – a hold that is ideal because it only needs a single hand.
- Splitter – a crack that is parallel sided
- Spock Hold – a hold named after the popular Star Trek Vulcan character, mainly because the hold requires using the hand in the shape of the “Vulcan salute.”
These are only the tip of the iceberg, and should give you a good idea of just how esoteric rock climbing lingo can be. Fortunately, it should be easy to learn simply through exposure. And besides, if you don’t understand one thing, you can always ask.
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