Chinese terms and words to know when climbing in China

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When it comes to climbing, English is the most commonly used language for communication. If you speak English you should be able to communicate with another climber of a different nationality. However, that wouldn’t be the case if you are climbing with Chinese in China. One of my earlier blog on climbing in Yangshuo I had promised to write a follow-up article to provide a translation of Chinese climbing terms to English. Well, here it is. I had got these translations from a very reliable source. But if any of you readers happen to be Chinese from China and find any of the translation to be inaccurate please let me know and provide me with the correct translation. I will really appreciate it.

Types of climbing

Top roping – 顶绳攀爬

Lead climbing – 先锋

Multi-pitch – 接 组、多段绳距攀登

Bouldering – 抱石


Rope – 绳

Carabiner – 铁锁

Belay device – 保护装置

Quickdraw – 快挂

Safety sling – 安全吊索

Anchor – 顶链

Harness – 安全带

Climbing Calls

Belay – 保护

Slack – 松绳、放绳、给绳

Take/Tight – 收绳、收紧

Falling – 坠落

Lower me – 下降

Climbing Holds

Jug – 很大的支点

Undercling – 反抠

Side pull – 侧拉

Gaston – 横拉

Crimp – 抠点

Pinch – 捏

Sloper – 包

Climbing Beta and Techniques

Layback – 侧身

Dropknee – 折膝

Flagging – 挂旗法

Dyno – 动态

Handhold – 手点

Foothold – 脚点

Crux – 难点

Words of Encouragement

Allez – 加油 (feel free to throw in a touch of tongue curl at the end eg.加油rrrrrr to make it sound more authentic)

If you can’t read any Chinese words please click here for Google Translate.

These translations should be sufficient for you to communicate with the local Chinese climbers. For our non-mandarin speaking climbers, I apologise there is nothing I can do for you.

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