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    Random climbing by BouldyAI | January 18, 2021

    Bouldering is a form of free climbing that is performed on small rock formations or artificial rock walls without the use of ropes or harnesses. While bouldering can be done without any equipment, most climbers use climbing shoes to help secure footholds, chalk to keep their hands dry and to provide a firmer grip, and bouldering mats to prevent injury from falls. Rock climbing clubs often have walls dedicated to bouldering, which provide a safe and convenient location to climb. Bouldering can be an excellent form of exercise and a fun social activity. Here are pictures of bouldering:

    Rope climbing is a form of rock climbing in which the climber is secured at the bottom by a rope. In rappelling, the climber is secured by the rope at the top only.

    Ascension of a steep or overhanging rock face using in-situ holds (such as cracks, pockets, or edges), without the use of additional equipment. A typical sport climbing route is bolted and protected by a top anchor. Sport routes are the most common form of rock climbing, and usually can be done with many different climbing techniques. Here are pictures of sport climbing:

    Sometimes called "traditional climbing" or "trad climbing" (due to its earlier prominence in European climbing), this style involves the placing of removable protection, such as camming devices, nuts, or spring-loaded wedges, into the rock's natural features. Several different types of protection are available to the traditional climber, but most commonly pitons, made of metal, and hexes, made of (usually) soft steel. Historically, protection was also placed by hammers, and the term "pitoning" still survives.

    In this style of climbing, the routes are not protected by pre-existing equipment. Climbers must always carry the necessary equipment (rope, anchors, protection) with them to successfully climb a traditional route. This style of climbing was developed as a response to the long, dangerous, and arduous process of placing pitons into the rock. Usually traditional climbing routes are found high above ground on cliffs and ledges, so the equipment used to climb them must also withstand the elements and be easy to carry.

    Traditional climbing carries with it a completely different set of ethics in comparison to sport climbing. While the style was originally developed in response to the increasing use of pitons for protection, it is now very common to rely on these types of protection in traditional climbing as well.

    However, as opposed to sport climbing, where the purpose is to conquer and complete the climb as efficiently as possible, the purpose of traditional climbing is to enjoy the natural environment by interpreting the rock.

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