Climbing Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

If you enjoy climbing, chances are you enjoy the great outdoors, which is likely at least one thing you and your dog have in common. While they may not be able to join you on your vertical expeditions, that doesn’t mean they can’t help represent your appreciation for the sport itself or even just pay tribute to the greats who helped to make climbing what it is. After all, just like every climber has their rock to lean on (or climb on) every dog owner has something just as reliable — and sometimes just as challenging — so why not give them a name that reflects that?

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Climbing Inspired Dog Name Considerations

When trying to find an appropriate climbing-themed name, there are several things to take into consideration. The first is what kind of traits stick out about your dog? Do they have characteristic behaviors or aesthetic elements that set them apart from others? Make a list of their most prominent features and see what stands out when you rappel down our list of names (or your own for that matter). 

For instance, does your dog help keep you grounded? If so, then the names Biner, Crab and Anchor would all be good choices. Do they often take big falls or spills? If so, Whipper might be a great name. If they have a ton of front-end power and can pull themselves up onto things then Mantel would be a great choice. For a dog that’s easy to pick up or handle, then Jug would be a solid name, as would Slipper for a dog that always stays close to your feet. 

There are lots of different ways you can go from naming them after famous climbers, routes, or rocks to gear, techniques, and moves. Once you make a list of their traits, try flipping through a list of each and see if anything sticks hard enough to cling to. 

Male Climbing Inspired Dog Names

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Davis
After Steph Davis, one of the greatest female climbers in the world
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Honnold
After Alex Honnold, who has broken numerous speed records
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Caldwell
After Tommy Caldwell, a climbing ace and well-known adventurist
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Rodden
After Beth Rodden, youngest female climber to finish a grade 5.14a
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Graham
After Dave Graham, one of the best boulderers of his generation
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Herrmann
After Lena Herrmann, Germany's strongest female climber
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Albert
After Kurt Albert, who invented repointing
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Pierre
After Pierre Allain, who invented the first soft-rubber-soled shoes for rock climbing
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Chouinard
After Yvon Chouinard, who promoted clean, nondestructive climbing
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Gill
After John Gill, who introduced gymnastic chalk to rock climbing
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Herzog
After Maurice Herzog, who wrote Annapurna, a climbing classic
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Reinhold
After Reinhold Messner, the most influential alpinist of all time
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Messner
After Reinhold Messner, who proved Everest could be climbed without supplemental oxygen
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Charlet
After Jean Charlet-Straton, who invented the rappel
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Watts
After Alan Watts, who helped to bring sport climbing to America
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Wiggins
After Earl Wiggins, the first to ascend what's now known as the Supercrack
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Tenzing
After Tenzing Norgay, AKA Sherpa Tenzing, the other half of the first Everest ascent
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Bear
After Bear Grylls, noted survivalist and TV host
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Grylls
After Bear Grylls, one of the youngest to summit Everest at 23
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Romero
After Jordan Romero, who summited Everest at 13 years old
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Anchor
A point where a rope is attached to a climbing wall or rock
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Cam
A piece of climbing gear used as protection from falling, wedges into cracks
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Crab
Slang for a carabiner
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Crux
The most difficult move or sequence of a route
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Hang
As in Hang Dog, to rest on the rope as lead climber instead of the rock
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Jug
A large, easily-gripable climbing hold
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Munter
As in Munter hitch, a friction knot used for belaying
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Prusik
A friction knot that slides; invented by Karl Prusik
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Rappel
To descend on a fixed rope
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Taper
A tapered, passive piece of gear/protection

Female Climbing Inspired Dog Names

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Sharma
After Chris Sharma, who is considered one of, if not the, best climber in the world
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Destivelle
After Catherine Destivelle, a well-respected female French rock climber
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Potter
After Dean Potter, who is known for his incredible speed and route creation
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Ondra
After Adam Ondra, a Czech climber considered one of the best in the world
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Lama
After David Lama, who completed the first free ascent of Cerro Torre
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Auer
After Hansjörg Auer, known for his free solo ascent of "Path Through the Fish"
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Megos
After Alex Megos, who completed the first 9a route without seeing it beforehand
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Sasha
After Sasha DiGiulian, a female climber who has taken on many of the world's toughest climbs
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Ashima
After Ashima Shiraishi, one of the youngest and strongest female climbers in the world
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Zangerl
After Barbara Zangerl, the first woman to boulder an 8b
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Yvon
After Yvon Chouinard, one of Yosemite's pioneering climbers
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Comici
After Emilio Comici, who invented numerous tools for rock climbing
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Harding
After Warren Harding, one of the first to ascend El Capitan
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Lachenal
After Louis Lachenal, the first to climb an 8,000 meter peak
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Jardine
After Ray Jardine, who invented the spring-loaded cam
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Lowe
After Jeff Lowe, who invented the soft shell jacket and was a mixed climb pioneer
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Nosley
After Jacques Nosley, who pioneered bolt-placing on his descent instead of vice versa
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Royal
After Royal Robbins, a pioneering Yosemite climber in the 1960s
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Hillary
After Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person to officially climb Mount Everest
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Miura
After Yuichuro Miura, who summited Everest at 80 years old
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Absail
A term for a controlled descent via a fixed rope
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Bashie
Malleable and tough to remove anchors that are literally bashed into the rock
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Biner
Slang term for a carabiner
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Bivy
Slang for for bivouac, a temporary encampment with little or no shelter
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Duodess
The colors/patterns of a rope used to help find the center
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Grigri
The first popular belay device in climbing
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Mantel
Using your hands to press your body high enough to get your feet up
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Slipper
A slip-on sport shoe used for climbing
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Swami
A traditional climbing harness wrapped around the waist
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Whipper
A long fall

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