Would you like to start climbing and by chance stumbled upon this article? That’s a start. But is it any good? We’ll wait and see… Climbing is more than just a sport. For some, it’s a lifestyle. This is something for everyone no matter the age or gender.
I. Start going to the climbing wall.
That is the simplest way to begin climbing. Together with your friend(s) buy a ticket to enter the climbing wall, where in just a few minutes you’ll be trained with basic belaying techniques. When you’re done with that, you can support each other from rope to a pole.
II. Finish a climbing course
If you’re an absolute beginner, you’ve only climbed on some walls, but never on actual rocks, then doing the rock climbing course might be a good idea. Such a course may be done commercially or comradely. On these courses, lasting from 4 to 6 days, you will learn the basics of climbing. This will ensure a safe start with rock climbing.
III. Adjust rocks to abilities and conditions
When you already choose the place which you will use for climbing, then check in the climbing guide, whether there will be routes to reach that place suitable for your skill level. If you’re a beginner you should be looking at routes rated as III, IV, max V. Topo (sketch drawing or a photograph with routes depicted) of selected areas can also be found online.
IV. Respect the environment and the climbing ethics
Nowadays, climbing is quite popular, which brings quite many problems associated with the movement of rocks and climbing. Each person participating in the climbing could be a catalyst for new problems.
V. Choose the correct route for yourself and have the appropriate gear
Every climbing route in the area from the guide will have an evaluation which corresponds to the difficulties of the given route. Usually, the routes’ difficulty begins at III, but there are relatively little of such routes in rocks. There are more often routes evaluated as IV. The good thing is that any reasonably athletic person should be able to deal with routes III-IV. Begin by “fishing” such roads, and if you feel confident on them (and have the required skills) then start to participate in them. Also, you should be prepared, so make sure you’re not short on equipment. A 50 meter rope on a 30 meter rock sounds logical to the everyday an, but picture this, in order to reach the top, you must fold it in half, and then you only have a 25-foot sections of the rope, and a 30 meter rock before you.
VI. Climb with someone experienced, who was the abilities for secure climbing
I think the most important tip of all. Climb only with people who mastered equipment operation and won’t kill you by their ignorance and sloppiness. After all, you’re hanging on this piece of rope. Right?
VII. Stand on your feet well
Your most important part of climbing are your legs. Relax, stand well on your find, hold the grips with straight hands. Hold your feet perpendicular to the wall. On small steps stand on the big toe. Have well fit climbing shoes.
VIII. Climb from a safe position
During your first climbs, make sure to climb up in optimal places. Appropriate parts are those, on which you’re having a good grip with one of your hands, with two legs stand on good ground, and your pin is within reach.
IX. Control your emotions
Climbing can often be stressful and dangerous… The threat of potentially falling off can paralyze. Often times, the exposure alone makes our heart beat faster. In such moments, take a few deep breaths and move ahead. You can also withdraw from such a route, if you feel you can’t do it. Climbing can wait…
X. Have fun!
If you climb safely, then you can enjoy this activity until old age. You’ll meet many amazing people, and will have a chance to experience something that very few people have the opportunity to experience nowadays. That something is an adventure.