Are you looking for that sport that reflects the same thrill you get in a speeding car or shooting practice?
Well, who doesn’t enjoy intriguing moments?
Grab a cup of coffee and read on as we walk you through the ecstasy of rock climbing.
What does rock climbing entail?
As you might already know, rock climbing involves you climbing rocks. Of course, it is not as basic as that.
The sole intention of climbing a rock in this sense is to test your physical and mental strengths.
Yeah, you read that right. It’s mentally demanding and takes more than just sheer will. It requires practice, working your way up through various levels, and harnessing the urge to push past your last climb.
Each rock offers an experience as distinct as its formation. Thankfully, only a few rocks share identical formations.
What level has the most thrill?
When it comes to rock climbing, the thrill starts from the very beginning. Let’s find what suits you.
This refers to the type of rock climbing that occurs within a confined space. Fake rocks are used in this setting.
Except for the weather conditions that come with climbing natural rocks, every other thing you do during an indoor climb is pretty much the same outdoors.
The goal is to practice your climbing on the inside and execute them on a natural rock.
You can find a fake rock in the gym. Some people consider indoor climbing as regular exercise!
Still done on fake rocks, Top-Roping involves learning the routes of a rock, especially when you’re climbing down. It also helps inexperienced climbers know how to work the ropes.
Every rock climber is attached to a rope that catches them when they fall. It’s called a belaying system and works with a manually and automatically controlled safety device.
Lead climbing, also known as sport climbing, attracts some additional risks. It’s done on natural rocks and has a different roping system that involves setting up your safety through already fixed anchors as you mount and dismount.
Is it dangerous? A tad bit, but you should always have a partner nearby to control your safety device when you need it.
The whole point of Lead climbing is to help you prepare for falls, as most climbers are bound to fall a couple of times when mastering a problematic route.
Bouldering is considered the ultimate stage of rock climbing. You’ll be climbing with no ropes to help you. Only you and a chalk bag as you ascend to the top.
It’s surprisingly the safest form of rock climbing. The rocks, artificial or natural, are usually not more than fifteen feet tall.
At this stage, there’s always a crash pad to cushion your landing if you do fall.
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