Getting Started in a Rock Climbing Gym
One of the most demanding sports that require physical and mental preparedness, such as strength, endurance, agility, balance, is rock climbing. If you are into rock climbing for the first time, it is advisable to do this in a rock climbing gym, where you go through orientation on how to use the needed equipment and know what are the proper climbing techniques.
There is no doubt that rock climbing challenges a participant to physical and mental attentiveness and because of this, many continue to climb more because the challenge helps to hone their problem-solving skills in figuring out where to place their feet in order to balance their hold with their hands. Rock climbers enjoy the benefit of a full work out exercise because the sport helps to firm up their muscles in their arms, legs, hands and fingers. Because this kind of sport is strenuous, it is not surprising that calories are burned faster. And with that, regular rock climbing shapes your body to become healthier, lowering the risk of chronic ailments, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Finally, mental fear is a great obstacle that negates the enjoyment of life and this is one reason why many rock climbers become risk-takers because they have experienced the challenge of overcoming their own fears in the course of exercising this sport.
Now that you are convinced on the benefits of rock climbing, the first step is to look for the right rock climbing gym in your vicinity. There are helpful resources to help you find the right gym, one is social media in the internet or you can browse over the Mountain Project’s Indoor Climbing Gyms or Climbing Gym Map which can be found in search engines online. It is also advisable that in your research, find out the advantage between short-walled and big-wall gyms, as well as the amenity options you get from registering in each. As a novice to this sport, you will come to learn that there are three basic processes that you have to undergo before you can complete the course: bouldering, top-rope climbing, and lead climbing. Each climbing technique varies and should be performed one step at a time, such that a novice begins with bouldering, which involves climbing routes in a wall that are close to the ground without using a harness or a rope. When the novice climber gets a real hold of bouldering, he/she proceeds to the next, which is top-rope climbing wherein a main rope is secured to an overhead anchor and you tie one end of a rope and proceed in climbing a route and the other end of the rope is held by a trained staff who secures the climber, keeping a close watch over him/her. The last step and the most challenging is lead climbing, which involves tying one end of a rope and clipping into a series of quick-draws that are attached to bolts on the gym’s walls.