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Basic Indoor And Toproping Skills

Nov 1, 2007
Is rock climbing your favorite hobby? As a beginner, the basic technique you need to learn is toproping. Toproping is one of the most easy, safe and approachable techniques. With an increasing number of gyms offering indoor climbing, it is always recommended to join an appropriate toproping course in any local climbing gym. You can also get a list of few gyms online.

Equipment required for basic indoor toproping: Shoes of a good quality are a must for climbing. Though it is possible to get equipment like climbing harness, carabiner and the belaying device from your local gym, it is always recommended to have your own set. You also need to carry a chalk bag. Don't choose the most expensive shoes in case you are a beginner. As you are not aware of your foot techniques, you may end up destroying them. Ensure that you buy tight shoes so that your feet don't slip, but don't go in for very tight ones, as you need to be comfortable while climbing.

When you are selecting a carabiner ensure that you purchase a good pear-shaped locking carabiner. It should have a screw gate or a locking gate. The belay device is the most important equipment for climbing. You need to select one depending on the kind of climbing you are opting for. However, the auto blocking device proves to be the best option for the beginners. These auto-blocking devices automatically block a fall if the beginner tends to make any belaying mistake.

However it's not a good practice to rely on this property of blocking device. A better approach is to opt for the trial of the various devices in a safe environment and then select the appropriate one that suits you the best. Don't change the devices frequently as you need to get a feel of your own equipment.

If you are planning to buy a climbing harness, then you need to understand your climbing style and the future projects you plan to handle. A well padded harness is usually preferred for long climbs, but in case of pure sport climbs, a lighter harness is more comfortable. If you are not sure which one to choose, then first get them one by one on rent. The techniques involved in toproping are equally important along with the equipment used.

Toproping is done with the help of a climbing rope that is already run through a locking carabiner fixed to a rock-hard anchor at the top and in the case of indoor toproping these are built into the climbing wall. Always seek help from an experienced climber when you are climbing outdoors. The top-roping involves two ends of rope hanging down. One end of the rope is used by the climber and the other is used by the belayer. Once the climber reaches the top the belayer blocks the rope and allows the climber to lean on the rope.

. First and foremost learn to handle all your equipment.
. Learn all pros and cons involved in the belaying technique.
. Learn how to descend safely.
. Learn how to walk down a cliff while being lowered.
. To ensure safe landing, check the essentials before you start climbing.
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