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Video - Dan Osman Speed Climbing a Cliff

Discovery Questions:
Where are the highest mountains in the world?
What physical forces are involved in making mountains?
What types of bacteria, protists, fungi, plants and animals can be found on cliffs or mountain peaks?
What factors contribute to making a good climbing course?
What are some famous milestones in the history of the sport?
Who were some famous climbers?
What are some styles of climbing?
Where are some of the most famous climbs in the World?
How are climbs classified?
What are some types of accidents experienced by climbers?
What are some common climate conditions experienced by climbers?
What gear is commonly taken while competing in the sport or on an expedition?
From what composite materials are the gear made?
From what chemical compounds are these materials made?
What are some common maneuvers in the sport?
What schools are available to teach the sport?
What records are held in the sport and by whom?
What are some personality characteristics of climbers?
What is the role of fear in learning the sport?
What slang or idiom used in the sport?
What effects does climbing have on the environments in which it is practiced?

Types of Climbing:
  • high-altitude climbing
  • alpine climbing
  • day hiking
  • section hiking
  • thru-hiking

Climbing Classifications:

Notable Climbing Sites in the US:

Notable Climbing Sites around the World:

Technology Issues:

Environmental Issues:

Alpine Climate, Earth's Interior (size, density, structure), Glaciers, Isotasy, Minerals, Rocks (sedimentary, metamorphic, igneous) and the Rock Cycle, Mineral Resources, Mining Techniques and Economic Depletion Curves, Mountain Biomes, Oligotrophic Lakes, Plate Tectonics, Plutons, Sustaining Mountain Ecosystems, National Parks, No-Trace Exploration, and Sustaining Mountain Biodiversity
Volcanoes, Watersheds, Weathering (chemical and mechanical)

Health Concerns:
Falling Injuries, Hypothermia, Altitude Sickness