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Rock Climbing - What You Need To Get Started

Aug 18, 2007
Getting started on rock climbing might be a complicated task, with a list of the things that have to be used. It is easy to learn just to enjoy this adventurous sport. However to make it easier, joining an indoor gym is the best way to learn about rock climbing. It is better to have a professional rock-climbing trainer teach you the skills and methods so that you can take it outdoors and climb the rock face you have a desire to climb.

The things that are required when beginning with a rock climb are very basic and it first begins with the fitness of the climber, i.e. so long as they can fit in the harness they can top-rope. Rock climbing can be learned faster if the person is in great shape. It is a combo of balance and co-ordination and rock climbing is quite helpful in motivating people to stick to the fitness and weight lifting program. The training that is received in rock climbing is needed to be personalized, the certification are not give but the environment in which rock climbing is carried out is quite risky and the equipment is as well. So have an experienced hand in training you can be a bonus and the best part is that the safety rules in rock climbing are so easy that they can be picked up quickly. The instruction in an indoor gym is mostly free.

The equipment to climb is not needed to be purchased if the climbing is done at a local gym. The climbing shoes, harnesses, the belay devices and the locking carabiners are provide free of charge. If you are considering rock climbing as a regular sport, then purchasing a good pair of climbing shoes, harnesses and a belay device with the locking carabiner can cost anywhere between $150 to $300. It all depends on the brand, quality and style of equipment that has been selected.

The equipment required for rock climbing has to be very select to ones size, fit etc. The climbing shoes are available in a number of styles. The beginner has the board-lasted style, where the sole is stiffer and flexible style. The shoes also provide ankle protection when crack climbing or outdoor climbing, ballet shaped shoes for hardcore climbers who climb gravity defying face rocks. The routes are very hard and so the soles of these shoes have a sole wrap that is smooth and sticky rubber helping in sticking the feet to the rock. So when purchasing the shoes it is important to by the perfect fit and has to be glove like, without cutting off any circulation to the foot.

The harness also is available in numerous styles that range from twist that are quire simple and have webbing, buckles to the heavy harnesses that are padded with solid loops for hanging gear, to sport harnesses that are very light, and many others. The belay devices are dependent on the type of climbing that will be done and are also available in a variety of styles. There are the top rope climbs in which the rope passes through the anchor at the top of the climb. The locking carabiner is used to join the harness with the belaying device, to keep the attachments easy and also making the adjustments to the harness easy.
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