Getting Into Climbing: The Basics You Should Know About
Climbing is a recreational activity that can be explored indoors or outdoors. There’s a lot to know about climbing if you are a beginner, giving the needed expertise and tricks to successfully take on obstacles on your way up. For the pro climber, however, climbing couldn’t be more fun and rewarding. It goes without saying that indoor climbing is obviously safer and relatively easier than outdoor climbing. And the good part? Virtually anyone can get in, regardless of age, and have a thrilling experience. So, if you are a beginner looking to finesse your skill in the sport of climbing or a pro looking for additional tips you may not have been aware of, this guide is for you.
Getting Started Climbing
With lots of gyms around in most cities today, finding a perfect gym for your climbing needs shouldn’t be a problem. And starting indoors is what you want as a beginner. If nothing, at least you are sure to get the best help in the face of overpowering obstacles. Your first experience climbing in a gym can be exciting but also likely to be intimidating. But follow gym rules and take courses, if necessary, and you should be all set to quash jitters as they come. Indoor climbing can be in 3 forms. Interestingly, you can even try out two of these right on your first day at the gym. Indoor climbing includes bouldering, top roping, and leading.
Bouldering is a non-exclusive sport and one you can get started with immediately on your first day. Walls used for bouldering are most times short and close to the ground. There are also big mats placed below so you don’t have to worry in the event of a fall.
Another form of indoor climbing is top roping, where you explore big walls with the aid of a belayer-attached rope that is redirected through an anchor and tied firmly to your harness. Properly worn, top roping gear are more than enough to keep you safe and allow you to learn how rope systems used for climbing work and how to effectively trust your gear. Top roping is also one you can try out when getting started climbing at the gym.
The third type of indoor climbing is leading. Leading involves climbing using a rope that is tied to you and also connected to a support belayer. Unlike in top roping, the rope doesn’t pass through an anchor above you. So you have to labour your way through obstacles by clipping the rope in quickdraw movements on your way up. Leading requires much more advanced climbing techniques and is therefore not a sport you want to explore if you are a beginner climber.
Your climbing gear
It’s pretty obvious why you need to wear the right gear before goi