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Rock Climbing Safety And Guidelines

Oct 12, 2007
A hobby is a favorite leisure pursuit one wishes to venture over and over again. May be it is for the thrill or the adventure; hobbies like rock climbing are followed by many. If you are planning to take up rock climbing as a hobby or sport, make sure, you follow all the guidelines for ensuring your safety. Everything from the helmet to the shoes should be checked to ensure, they don't give in when you are climbing. There are many instances, wherein rock climbers were injured. The injuries due to rock climbing are serious, but can be easily prevented with the right gear and equipments and most importantly taking right precautions. Given below are some precautionary guidelines, you can implement during rock climbing for all safety purpose:

. Rock climbing is a dangerous sport. Make sure you don't go alone to the park. Always carry a mobile phone, just in case you get stuck somewhere.

. Before using the rock climbing gear, thoroughly test it. Inspect whether the gear is not used up in certain places. Also inspect the ropes, buckles and knots. These small equipments play a big part in acting as your lifesavers. Do not neglect them. Always remember to immediately change the worn-out gear.

. The climbing rope should be able to bear your weight and the rough terrains. The anchors should be secure, and there shouldn't be any friction, when you feed in the rope. The harnesses should be in good condition for bearing the abrasions. Your safety should be the ultimate while rock climbing.

. Always abide by the rules of the park. Some parks insist on rock climbers wearing a helmet while climbing. The Instructors recruited by the park usually guide the climbers during their performance. They often have the right to judge the weather conditions and prohibit the climbers accordingly.

. When it comes to rock climbing, the shoes you wear should be capable to sustain rough terrains. Avoid wearing shoes that are not meant for climbing. Always buy shoes that have been certified by a medical or sports organization and are apt for climbing. Don't forget, if you happen to slip, you might suffer some serious injuries.

. Before performing any physical activities, it is always recommended to do some warming up exercises before you get on to rock climbing. As indicated by many experts, right warm up exercises would reduce the probabilities of sprains and strains while climbing. Always try and carry out exercises that will give you the ability of stretching your legs, arms, shoulders, back, and neck. 5-10 minutes warm up will lessen the possibilities of injuries occurring while you climb.

. Rock climbers are usually asked to sign a liability form issued by the park, just in case there is any accident during the act. During competitions, every rock climber is provided with basic training that includes basic rope work, proper belay technique, basic climbing technique, proper use of a harness, etc. Whenever a climber faces difficulty or has sudden change in health, he or she is lowered to the ground on request.

As mentioned before rock climbing, can be a very risky game if ventured inappropriately. However, if you follow the right professional guidelines and instructions, the danger will be considerably reduced. Besides, if you are new to the sport, you can consult experts before attempting it.
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Rock Climbing Wall Manufacture Extreme Engineering holds several patents and is the original inventor of the Rock Climbing Wall. To view our online catalog please visit http://www.extremeengineering.com.
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