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What Are The Ten Essentials?

The Ten Essentials list first appeared in the third edition of Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills. Released in 1974 by Mountaineers Books,  Freedom is written entirely by our volunteer instructors who are currently working away on Freedom 9. Read more…

Conditioning for Outdoor Enthusiasts 50+

As an outdoor enthusiast nearing fifty, I’ve noticed my balance and coordination aren’t what they used to be several decades ago. Both of these are important for hiking, climbing, backpacking, trekking, skiing, and mountaineering. Try this exercise to help restore balance and coordination for any age or ability level. Read more…

How To: Buy a Compass

We get a lot of questions about compasses - and rightfully so! They're important. Follow our directions below to select the compass that’s best for your needs. We suggest that you print this page and take it with you to the store when purchasing a compass. Read more…

How To: Follow A Climbing Code

Freedom8Cover.pngMany years ago, The Mountaineers devised a set of guidelines to help people conduct themselves safely in the mountains. Based on careful observation of the habits of skilled climbers and a thoughtful analysis of accidents, those guidelines have served well not only for climbers but for all wilderness travelers. Read more…

Everything You Need To Know Before Hitting The Crag

Dogs at the trailhead, belayers in lawn chairs, long lines queued up at the classics in Eldorado Canyon — the crags seem more crowded and more crazy than ever. In fact, according to the Outdoor Industry association, in the United States more than 3.6 million people participated in climbing in 2011. Many of these new climbers are entering outdoor climbing solely through rock gyms, without having the opportunity to apprentice with an experienced friend or mentor— resulting in climbing accidents and conflicts. How do you become a responsible crag citizen? Read more…