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Rappel Knots

Climbing magazine answers the age-old question of which knot is best used for joining two ropes in a double-rope rappel by showing how to tie the flat overhand, the knot recommended by the AMGA. We also show the triple barrel knot, which can be tied in the end of both ropes to keep you from rappelling off the rope.

Rock Climbing with OA!

Rock Climbing trips spend 1-2 days learning the basics of outdoor rock climbing.  The experienced climbing leaders will teach you everything you need to know: from how to put on a climbing harness to how move up the rock wall.  On the climbing days, you will have the opportunity to challenge yourself and try different routes, and also encourage the other members of the group as they tackle their own challenges.

Princeton University Climbing Team


The Princeton University Climbing Team is a recognized club sport that competes in the USA Collegiate Climbing Series (CCS), which runs January-March and includes four competitions, and we also sometimes attend non-league competitions at local gyms and with nearby universities. We belong to the Philly area region and compete against schools primarily within an hour and a half drive from Princeton. The series is evolving and growing in popularity, so stay tuned for more updates!

Belaying the Leader

Climbing Magazine is producing a series of How To videos in 2012 to demonstrate basic skills and techniques. In this video Julie Ellison, Climbing Magazine Gear Editor, shows how to belay a lead climb. Thanks to our partners: Wild Country Red Chili, Vertical Girl, and New England Ropes.

Tying in with a Figure 8

Climbing Magazine, along with partners, Wild Country and Red Chili, has produced a series of 'How To' videos to demonstrate a number of rock climbing skills and techniques. Using Climbing Magazine's experienced staff and following AMGA guidelines we'll show you how to get started in the vertical world. In this video Julie Ellison, Climbing Magazine Gear Editor, shows how to tie a figure 8 knot.

The figure 8 knot is the most commonly used in climbing and learning how to tie it is an essential step in becoming a safe climber. The method shown here is as recommended in the USA -- it is worth noting that in the UK the use of a 'stopper knot' is recommended.