Definition of free climbing in US English:

free climbing


  • Rock climbing without the assistance of devices such as pegs placed in the rock, but occasionally using ropes and belays.

    Compare with aid climbing
    • ‘Many rock types have a limited menu from which to choose when it comes to a holds, cracks, protrusions or other weaknesses from which to achieve suitable purchase for free climbing.’
    • ‘Belle's particular discipline is a mixture of free climbing, acrobatics, and a willingness to fling yourself bodily from rooftop to rooftop.’
    • ‘Omis is attractive location for free climbing for beginners, as well as for the most demanding climbers.’
    • ‘With a combination of free climbing and jugging, I soon reached Chris' ledge.’
    • ‘I immediately forced the thought of free climbing out of my mind.’
    • ‘The book is a chronology of free climbing in the United States, excluding Alaska and Hawaii.’
    • ‘The majority of the gully can be freed in normal summer conditions, but in winter wearing plastic boots, bulky clothes and gloves, free climbing was out of discussion, and surely had the risk of a fall, which we seriously wanted to prevent.’
    • ‘They might have a different view if I was trying free climbing, for example.’
    • ‘It was partly cloudy, so our views of the Everest Massif and the other 8,000 meter peaks in the area were a bit disappointing, but the final 50 feet of free climbing rock at over 19,000 feet was one hell of an adrenaline rush.’
    • ‘One final cascade lay in our way and after carefully free climbing this, declining the use of the rather dodgy looking handline in place, we found ourselves at a deep pool.’
    • ‘There, they received one week of mountain training, which included instruction in ropes and knots; rope climbing; free climbing; rappelling; and the use of one-, two- and three-rope bridges.’
    • ‘But it was her free climbing, often performed on the grandest possible scale, where she made history.’
    • ‘There is a pureness about free climbing as the climber relies solely on the use of his or her own skills to ascend a rock face.’
    • ‘The first is free-climbing, in which a climber uses only his hands and feet to ascend.’
    • ‘Being from Oklahoma, I had heard about the Shield as an aid wall but I didn't know anything about its free climbing possibilities.’


free climbing

/ˈfrē ˌklīmiNG//ˈfri ˌklaɪmɪŋ/