Rock climbing is an activity in which participants climb up, down or across natural rock formations or artificial rock walls. The goal is to reach the summit of a formation or the endpoint of a pre-defined route without falling. To successfully complete a climb, one must return to the base of the route safely. Due to the length and extended endurance required, accidents are more likely to happen on descent than ascent, especially on the larger multiple pitches (class III- IV and /or multi-day grades IV-VI climbs). Rock climbing competitions have the objectives of either completing the route in the quickest possible time or attaining the farthest point on an increasingly difficult route. Scrambling, another activity involving the scaling of hills and similar formations, is similar to rock climbing. However, rock climbing is generally differentiated by its sustained use of hands to support the climber's weight as well as to provide balance.
Rock climbing is a physically and mentally demanding sport, one that often tests a climber's strength, endurance, agility and balance along with mental control. It can be a dangerous sport and knowledge of proper climbing techniques and usage of specialized climbing equipment is crucial for the safe completion of routes. Because of the wide range and variety of rock formations around the world, rock climbing has been separated into several different styles and sub-disciplines. While not an Olympic event, rock climbing is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as a sport.
Indoor Climbing. Climbing within a building or other structure, usually on specially constructed fake rock walls. Permits climbing in all types of weather and at all times of day. Often used for improving climbing skills and techniques, as well as for general exercise.
Outdoor Climbing. Outdoors, climbs usually take place on sunny days when the holds are dry and provide the best grip, but climbers can also attempt to climb at night or in adverse weather conditions if they have the proper training and equipment. However, night climbing or climbing in adverse weather conditions will increase the difficulty and danger on any climbing route
Fun Fact - Climbing tackles 4 out of 5 elements of total physical fitness; muscular strength, muscle endurance, body composition and flexibility .
Fun Fact - The world's greatest climbing wall stands at 112 feet in The Netherlands.
Try out Rock Climbing today!
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THINGS YOU WILL NEED
- Comfortable clothing
- Rubber-soled climbing shoes
- Chalk and chalk bag
- Tape slings
- Descenders and belay plates