Climbing Safety Tips from Tommy Caldwell, Emily Harrington & Beth Rodden

Crux Academy has partnered with Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Conservancy to bring you a series of video tutorials to help keep you safe and alive while climbing.

watch tips
Beginner - Intermediate

About the Course

Climbing is dangerous. National Park Service rangers in Yosemite have been involved with hundreds of climbing rescues since the sport gained popularity in the 1960s.

Since the year 2000 alone, Yosemite rangers and rescuers have responded to at least 37 climbing-related fatalities.

However, climbers can reduce their margin of error and stay safe by learning best practices.  

Yosemite teamed up with a few of your favorite climbing experts — Emily Harrington, Beth Rodden, and Tommy Caldwell — for a series of short climbing safety videos that can dramatically improve your ability to stay alive while climbing.  

What you're going to learn:

  • How to avoid the most common mistakes related to injuries and deaths
  • Pro tips and unique perspectives from Emily, Tommy, and Beth (all with a decades of experience)
  • Stopper knots, achor mistakes, weather, trip planning, mentoring, etc.
  • And much more

This series was made possible in part by the support of Yosemite Conservancy donors in collaboration with Yosemite National Park , Louder Than 11, and Crux Academy.

Weather and Trip Planning

Pro tip from Emily Harrington


Third Hand Friction Hitch

Pro tip from Beth Rodden


Stopper Knots

Pro tip from Beth Rodden


Redundant Anchor Rap

Pro tip from Tommy Caldwell


Rapping with a Haul Bag

Pro tip from Emily Harrington


Mentoring and Experience

Pro tip from Beth Rodden


Ledges and Low Angle Terrain

Pro tip from Tommy Caldwell


Communication Errors

Pro tip from Tommy Caldwell


Anchor Mistakes

Pro tip from Emily Harrington


8 Files & Resources

Browse all the links and downloads mentioned in the course. If you would like us to include any other resource, please let us know in the Community group.