This post is inspired after speaking with a friend, who I actually began my rock climbing career with, about helping other beginners trying to get in the sport. Quick and easy like a band-aid! Here is some terminology you will need to know to enter the thrilling world of rock climbing! (including my awesome drawn pictures...)
Throughout the post there are links attached to words that may be confusing, click and see what they are.
Note: Can also use trees to set up top ropes
Chains/Anchor - are usually at the top of the route; where you set up a rappel system to come down.
Beta - tips on how to do a certain route
Crag - the rock you are climbing on or about to
Approach - the trail taken to get to the crag; can be as short as 30 seconds :) or as long as 30+ minutes :(
These are terms that you should know when climbing to call to your belayer. Climbing requires clear and concise communication between the belayer and climber. This is one of the underrated factors that keeps us safe.
Slack - climber call meaning climber wants more rope fed TO SELF
Take - climber call meaning climber wants more rope TAKEN FROM SELF
Belay Off - belayer call means climber is not being belayed
Off Belay - climber call means belayer should take climber off of belay
Climbing - climber call means climber is climbing
Climb On - belayer response to "Climb on" meaning belayer is ready to belay climber
On-sight - climber is attached to an anchor by way of sling/carabiner combo
That's me - climber call that is said when the belayer pulls all of the rope through that is attached to the climber
Safe - belayer call that there is no harm for the climber to incur
Lower - climber call to belayer meaning to lower climber to ground in a controlled manner
Note: Climbing is inherently dangerous and should be done with only expert advice/performance. If you do not know what you are doing please contact a guide or join an indoor gym. Best place to learn! Look for an indoor gym here.