Climbing is known to have a friendly community, each gym having distinct characteristics and qualities. With culture comes their own language. Its hard to keep track of all the technical terms at first, but it gets easier once you go along. But when you climb outside your usual scene, the terminology may differ. Especially when encountering climbers from other countries!

You can actually hear some of the slang more often than others. “Allez! Allez!” is one of the most famous, with some world renowed climbers even using the term as their Instagram handle like allezjain. “Come on!” is common since it’s English and a generally accepted motivational phrase.

 

Beta

 

It is information about the route. Some people want to on-site their climbs, so before offering beta, make sure first if they want it.

 

 

On-site

 

It is when you finish a route without prior knowledge about it.
Biner

Slang for “carabiner”

 

Crux
Most difficult part/move in a route.

 

Grigri
Manufactured by Petzl, it is the first known belay device with an auto-lockong feature.

 

Pumped
“I’m pumped” refers to the pain you experience (especially at the forearms) during a strenous move sequence.

 

Runout
This refers to the rope length between the climber and its nearest piece of protection. When there’s a long runout, automatically the fall will be longer as well.

 

Barn Door
Common for beginners, it's when two of your same sided limbs are on the wall which forms a hinge. This makes you swing like a barn door.

 

Static vs. Dynamic
Each climber has their own distinct style. When a person climbs static-ally, it usually means that they move much slower, using flexibility, and balance as their core source of power. When a climber moves dynamically, it's the other way around. They jump and leap, using more powerful moves to finish a sequence.