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Guide To The New Gym Climber

Nov 4, 2007
While rock climbing is a sport that is favored by many, most of them almost come into contact with the sport without intending to. This may happen when people attend a party or an event that has indoor climbing wall for the guests to enjoy. Nevertheless, most of them who are exposed to rock climbing even once usually enjoy it a lot, before turning into climbing buffs.

To get started with rock climbing, a climbing gym with an indoor climber is the best bet. This will enable you to learn all the safety techniques and procedure that you should know to become a successful rock climber. While climbing is very thrilling, it can also prove to be dangerous, if proper care is not taken. A climbing gym will provide you with a perfectly safe environment, wherein you learn about the hazards of rock climbing, as well as the proper way to use the equipment, in a safe manner, and under supervision. The gear used for indoor climbing is almost the same as that used for outdoor climbing. Such gear includes rock shoes, harness, ropes, chocks etc.

Indoor rock climbing can be great learning experience before you go out to face the real rocks. And this is not only due to the safe environment, but also due to the training and expertise that you get access to in such places. You can meet several new people who share this common interest, and many of them may be professionals and expert rock climbers. You can learn from their advice, and their experiences. Apart from this, you can also find out about places from where you can purchase climbing gear, and the best places to buy them at the best prices. Before heading out for your first outdoor adventure, you can also find out about some great rock climbing destinations, or can even find company on the trip!

Indoor rock climbing also works out great when the weather is not so suitable for outdoor climbing. In winter, and on very cold days, this is the next best option available, even for hard core outdoor climbers. The only exception would be if you were into ice/snow climbing. Such gyms are within the city limits, and you have to travel much less as compared to outdoor venues, and thus they work out great even if you have a spontaneous urge to climb. Whether it is raining, snowing, or freezing outside, the indoor gym will always keep you warm, and provide you with favorable conditions to climb, and practice your latest moves, and techniques. Also, before heading for a real rock surface to try out something new, it is better to practice it first in an indoor environment, so that you get comfortable with your moves, and thus make the whole exercise a lot easier.

An indoor gym is also a great back up if your outdoor climbing plans cannot be executed at the last moment either due to rains or a blizzard. Indoor rock climbing gives you the option of climbing whenever you want, irrespective of the outdoor conditions. With certain such gyms, you can also avail some discounts on certain climbing gear. To compete in the sport, you can join a rock climbing league or a team.
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