Rock Climbing

(redirected from Rock-climbing)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical.

Rock Climbing


a sport, a type of mountaineering. Rock climbing as an organized sport appeared for the first time in the USSR in the 1930’s. All-Union championships have been held since 1947, usually in the Crimea and at the Stolby Preserve near Krasnoiarsk, on cliffs 100 m high. At a less advanced level, competitions are held on cliffs of any height. The competition consists of two parts: an individual, unaided ascent and a team ascent of two climbers roped together and using special equipment. The organizational structure and training methods for rock climbing were developed by I. I. Antonovich, Honored Coach of the USSR.

Since 1966, rock climbing has been included in the Uniform All-Union Sports Classification. Climbers from Leningrad, Krasnoiarsk, and Tbilisi have been the most successful at championship meets. Since 1973, rock-climbing competitions have also been held in Czechoslovakia, Poland, Bulgaria, and elsewhere.


Maerkovich, V. V., and Iu. A. Gur’ian. Naskaly! Spravochnik-putevoditel’ dlia skalolazov i turistov. Leningrad, 1971.
References in periodicals archive ?
As for Norwegian Cruise Lines, the best kids' facilities are on board Norwegian Epic, including rock-climbing and abseiling walls, a bungee trampoline and 10-pin bowling alleys.
In 1958, a team led by rock-climbing legend Warren Harding took 18 months to drill bolts and hammer big nails called pitons into the rock to which they attached ropes.
Next day, on February 22 British rock-climbing legend Johnny Dawes is talking about his career at the forefront of modern climbing.
After the hike, we relaxed over lunch at Hidden Valley Campground and watched rock-climbing daredevils creep up the buff-colored stone like human lizards.
Outside the classroom, the lessons are on wilderness skills and rock-climbing.
Shoes: Rock-climbing shoes are an absolute must and are generally worn very snug.
Today, this route is considered by many to be the single best rock-climbing route in the world for its level of difficulty.
Our rock-climbing instructors from EarthTreks were waiting for us.
Of course, it was only the loo's rock construction that attracted Rothman, 20, and a couple of his rock-climbing friends.
Rock-climbing passion evolves into rope-making business
Some sports stores have rock-climbing walls, courses, and camps.
Rock-climbing gyms with walls higher than forty-five feet have sprung up all around the country.