Spanish for Rock Climbers / Theme-based Vocabulary Learning

Posted on 29th January 2013 in Vocabulary

Spanish for Rock Climbers / Theme-based Vocabulary Learning

By Russell Sabo

Spanish for rock climbers

So, I have this interest in rock climbing. So far it’s just an interest, albeit one that I have invested $800-$900 in. I have books, I’ve gone to the Reel Rock film tours, and I’ve got all the necessary equipment to get myself started. My friend and I have gone to the indoor climbing cave at Midwest Mountaineering in Minneapolis even. But I still have yet to climb an actual rock (as of January 29, 2013). I’ll be fixing that problem later this winter with a lesson or two at Vertical Endeavors in Minneapolis, MN or Prairie Walls in Rochester, MN. Then I’ll be ready for some climbing action!

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While doing research for my Spanish for Kayakers article, I noticed that there are many places in Central and South America that are rock climbing hot spots. Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, you name it; there’s MUCHO climbing to be done! I know I’m not the only one with dreams of rock climbing in South America, so I figured I’d better find the rock climbing vocabulary words and get them posted pronto!

But I’m Not a Rock Climber

If you’re not a rock climber and have no ambitions to be one, this article is a great exercise for you to follow. Learning the Spanish words for a favorite hobby or activity of yours is a fast and fun way to add new words to your Spanish vocabulary. Not to mention, you’re going to have much more to talk about and may even seek out conversations in Spanish to tell your Spanish-speaking friends all about your hobby. What I do is figure out the name of my interest in Spanish by typing “rock climbing” into Google Translate, and it’ll tell me that “escalada en roca” is the phrase in Spanish. From there, I did a Google search for “escalada en roca” and got all of my results in Spanish. From there, you just read the Spanish (or cut and paste paragraphs into Google Translate) to pick out your vocabulary words and pretty soon, you have a fairly lengthy list. Try it out!

Spanish for Rock Climbers

This is an on-going work and I will update it as I learn new words. If you have any new words to add or if you think something is incorrect, please leave a comment below so that I can update or correct this list as soon as possible.

General Terms

  • altitude – altitud
  • ascent – ascenso
  • atmospheric pressure- presión atmosférica
  • climate – clima
  • climber(s) – escalador(es)
  • climbing – la escalada
  • the descent – el descenso
  • mountaineering – montañismo

Types of Rock Climbing

  • aided climbing – escalada artificial
  • big wall climbing – grandes paredes
  • bouldering – búlder
  • classic climbing – escalada clásica
  • climbing without rope above water – psicobloc
  • crack climbing – escalar por la grieta
  • free climbing (with protection such as ropes and harnesses) – escalada libre
  • free climbing (without protection) – solo integral
  • ice climbing – escalada en hielo
  • indoor climbing – escalada interior
  • lead climbing – escalar de primero(a)
  • mixed climbing (rock and ice) – escalada mixta (roca y hielo)
  • mountain climbing – el alpinismo
  • mountain climbing (such as Mount Everest) – escalada alpina
  • multi-pitch climbing – escalada de varios largos
  • outside climbing – escalada exterior
  • single-pitch climbing – escalada de un largo
  • solo climbing – escalada en solitario
  • sport climbing – escalada deportiva
  • urban climbing – escalada urbana

Climbing Actions

  • to belay – asegurar
  • to belay – dar seguro
  • climbing techniques – tecnicas de escalada
  • clipping in (to protection such as quickdraws) – chapando
  • dyno or lunge – un movimiento dinámico
  • to fall – caer
  • to follow lead climber (top rope) – ir de segundo
  • to lead – ir de primero
  • rappel – abseil
  • to rappel – rapelar
  • smearing, using climbing shoe to use friction – hacer adherencia
  • spotting (while bouldering) – portear

Natural and Man-made Features

  • the approach – el acercamiento
  • cave – cueva
  • the chimney – la chimenea
  • the cliff – el acantilado
  • climbing route – via de escalada
  • the corner – la esquina
  • the crack – la grieta
  • cracks – fisuras
  • the descent – la bajada
  • fixed anchors – anclajes fijos
  • foothold – presa para el pie
  • foot supports – apoyos de pies
  • hand and footholds (man-made for climbing gyms) – tomas de escalada
  • handhold – presa para la mano
  • hold – presa
  • the holds – los agarres
  • indoor climbing wall – roccódromo
  • the mountain range – la cordillera
  • the mountain range – la sierra
  • natural supports – apoyos naturales
  • overhang – techo
  • the route – la ruta
  • the summit – la cumbre
  • the supports – los apoyos
  • the valley – el valle
  • wall(s) – pared(es)

Equipment

  • anchor (Mexico) – la reunión
  • anchors – anclas
  • ATC – tubo de freno
  • ATC – placa de aseguramiento
  • the backpack – la mochila
  • belay device – mechanismo para asegurar
  • the belay device – la sistema asegurador
  • bolt – chapa
  • the bolt – el tornillo
  • boots – botas
  • a braking device – un dispositivo de freno
  • braking systems – sistemas de frenado
  • carabiner – mosquetón
  • the chalk bag – la bolsa de magnesia (or magnesio)
  • chocks – empotradores
  • climbing chalk – magnesia or magnesio
  • the climbing harnesses – los arneses de los escaladores
  • climbing shoes – zapatos para escalada
  • climbing shoes (cat feet) – pies de gato
  • crampons – crampones
  • the crash pad – la colchoneta
  • descenders – descensores
  • dynamic rope – cuerda dinámica
  • grigri – grigri
  • half ropes – cuerdas dobles
  • the harness – el arnés
  • the headlamp – la lampara
  • helmet – casco
  • ice-climbing axe – piolet
  • locking carabiner – mosquetón con seguro
  • the map – el mapa
  • piton – clavo
  • piton – pitón
  • protective equipment – equipo de protección
  • quickdraw – anilla
  • quickdraws – las bandas
  • quickdraw – cinta expres
  • quickdraws – extenciones (de escalada)
  • quickdraw – extensión
  • reverso belay device – reverso
  • rock anchors – anclajes para roca
  • the rope (be careful if using Mexican Spanish – this can also be used as an obscene word – best to use cordada or cuerda) – la reata
  • the rope – la cordada
  • the rope – la cuerda
  • slings – cordinos
  • sling, webbing – cintas
  • simple ropes – cuerdas simples
  • static ropes – cuerdas estáticas
  • stitch plate – placa
  • stoppers – fisureros
  • twin ropes – cuerdas gemelas
  • waterproof – impermeables

Knots

  • butterfly knot – nudo mariposa
  • clove hitch – ballestrinque
  • double figure 8 knot – nudo de ocho doble
  • double fisherman (knot) – pescador doble
  • figure 8 knot – nudo de ocho
  • prusik knot – nudo prusik
  • triple fisherman (knot) – pescador triple
  • water knot – nudo plano

Misc.

  • the back – la espalda
  • camping – acampada
  • dangerous – peligroso
  • down – abajo
  • easy – facíl
  • the emergency – la emergencia
  • exposed – expuesto
  • a fall – una caída
  • fingers – dedos de la mano or dedos
  • the foot – el pie
  • fun – divertido
  • the hand – la mano
  • the head – la cabeza
  • the leg – la pierna
  • loose – suelto
  • rocky – rocoso
  • steep – escarpado
  • sweat – sudor
  • toes – dedos de los pies
  • the waist – la cintura
  • the wind – el viento
  • the wrist – la muñeca

 

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