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The definition of free climbing is rock climbing without the use of ropes or climbing tools to help ascend, but only to protect in the case of a fall.
Climbing up El Capitan in Yosemite without a rope to help pull you up is an example of free climbing.
Rock climbing in which ropes and artificial anchors are not used as direct supports for the ascent, though they may be used to provide a belay in the event of a fall.
- free climb
- (climbing) Rock climbing without the aid of ropes and other equipment.