Pitch (ascent/descent)

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In rock climbing and ice climbing, a pitch is a steep section of a route that requires a rope between two belays, as part of a climbing system.wikipedia
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Rock climbing

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In rock climbing and ice climbing, a pitch is a steep section of a route that requires a rope between two belays, as part of a climbing system.
It is very rare for a climber to downclimb, especially on the larger multiple pitches (class III- IV and /or multi-day grades IV-VI climbs).

Caving

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The term 'pitch' is also used by cavers to refer to a very steep or vertical section (called a drop, pit, or shaft) in a cave that needs ladders or single rope technique to descend and ascend (a drop that can be descended and ascended without equipment is a 'climb').
The challenges involved in caving vary according to the cave being visited; in addition to the total absence of light beyond the entrance negotiating pitches, squeezes, and water hazards can be difficult.

Vrtiglavica

Vrtiglavica Cave
The deepest underground pitch is 603 m in Vrtiglavica Cave in the Julian Alps, Slovenia.
It has the deepest single vertical drop in the world, at 603 m. The cave formed in a glaciokarst landscape, i.e. a karst landscape that was subjected to Pleistocene glacial activity.

Pit cave

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The deepest individual pitch (vertical drop) within a cave is 603 m in Vrtoglavica Cave in Slovenia.

Ice climbing

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In rock climbing and ice climbing, a pitch is a steep section of a route that requires a rope between two belays, as part of a climbing system.

Belaying

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In rock climbing and ice climbing, a pitch is a steep section of a route that requires a rope between two belays, as part of a climbing system.

Simul climbing

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On easier terrain or when moving quickly, the length of a pitch can be extended by means of simul climbing, effectively combining several pitches together by means of a running belay.

Anchor (climbing)

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On easier terrain or when moving quickly, the length of a pitch can be extended by means of simul climbing, effectively combining several pitches together by means of a running belay.

Speed climbing

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Speed climbers will often state that they completed a long route with a reduced number of pitches, effectively calling a pitch any time a fixed belay was used or a changeover in the lead occurred.

Cave

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The term 'pitch' is also used by cavers to refer to a very steep or vertical section (called a drop, pit, or shaft) in a cave that needs ladders or single rope technique to descend and ascend (a drop that can be descended and ascended without equipment is a 'climb').

Single-rope technique

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The term 'pitch' is also used by cavers to refer to a very steep or vertical section (called a drop, pit, or shaft) in a cave that needs ladders or single rope technique to descend and ascend (a drop that can be descended and ascended without equipment is a 'climb').

Julian Alps

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The deepest underground pitch is 603 m in Vrtiglavica Cave in the Julian Alps, Slovenia.

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The deepest underground pitch is 603 m in Vrtiglavica Cave in the Julian Alps, Slovenia.

Grade (climbing)

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Grade (climbing), a subjective numerical code for athletic difficulty (also referred to as pitch in free climbing, for example at Yosemite on ascent of the near vertical El Capitan Dawn Wall).

Banon, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

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These infiltrations scour the rocks causing the formation of sinkholes or Avens (Pitches) such as the Aven of Belette.

Shaft

Pitch (ascent/descent), a significant underground vertical space in caving terminology

Rumbling Hole

Rumbling Beck Cave
Its entrance is a 50 m deep fenced shaft, and it rapidly descends a series of pitches to a low aqueous passage that has been connected to Lost Johns' Cave.

Adam Ondra

On November 21, 2016, Ondra completed the second free ascent of The Dawn Wall, a multi-pitch route at El Capitan in Yosemite Valley, California.

Multi-pitch climbing

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Each section of a climb between stops at belay stations is called a pitch.

List of show caves in Germany

Sophie's Cave
The Laichingen Vertical Cave is the only shaft cave that can be viewed in Germany, having a depth of 55 metres below the entrance and reaches the greatest depth of any German show cave.

Rowten Pot

Upstream, longer sumps may be followed up the valley for over 1 km, passing below the final pitch of Aquamole Pot.

Titan (cave)

Titan
Titan is a natural cavern near Castleton in the Derbyshire Peak District, and is the deepest shaft of any known cave in Britain, at 141.5 m. The existence of Titan was revealed in November 2006, following its discovery on 1 January 1999 after cavers discovered connections from the James Hall Over Engine Mine to both Speedwell Cavern and Peak Cavern.

Dragontail Peak

The two needles, on ridge southwest of the summit which gave rise to its name, serve as formidable alpine climbing objectives that demand more than 20 pitches of sustained climbing.

Sport climbing

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Sport climbing typically involves single pitch routes but can have multi-pitch routes.

Jib Tunnel

Lateral Shaft
The passage becomes narrow, and after 37 m the main water enters down a 9 m pitch.