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Enjoying Rock Climbing Outdoors

Feb 5, 2008
To be a successful rock climber, it is necessary to develop certain skills that will be used for climbing and surviving in an outdoor environment that is very rugged. Before a person even considers learning how to climb rocks in a mountain terrain or the desert, the person must possess a passion for being outdoors and a full understanding of all their abilities.

This passion for climbing rocks can begin quite innocently if the person is part of a family that likes to go camping. If the person finds the idea of exploring nature and living in the wild to be a very appealing option, then outdoor rock climbing will naturally fit into their current lifestyle. Most people that take up rock climbing outdoors also enjoy taking long walks along wooded paths and enjoying hearing the sounds of animals in the night.

If the person has no problem with exploring rugged terrain at night, then they probably possess all the qualities they need to enjoy a successful hobby of outdoor rock climbing. This person would also be the type that could climb tall mountains with the right equipment and enjoy looking at the scenery and landscapes for hours after they have finally reached the top.

Outdoor rock climbing is not suitable for anyone who has a fear of heights unless they can overcome the fear with proper training. Some people get involved in rock climbing based on advice they received from a psychologist or other analyst in an effort to bring the individual out of a shell that they have built around themselves over time. Some people find many therapeutic remedies available to them just by being surrounded by nature.

If hanging from a cliff by a rope is unappealing or unacceptable, then that person should not consider any type of rock climbing outdoors but consider climbing in a controlled environment such as a gymnasium. Some people are willing to attempt rock climbing but realize too late that they can not tolerate rugged terrains that leave them hot and sweaty.

A successful rock climber will have a learned respect for all living things and know how to survive in the wild, even if it means eating wild game. A person that climbs indoor walls for recreation might not understand the skill and commitment that is necessary to be an outdoor rock climber. An indoor rock climber could find himself or herself in a lot of trouble if they ventured out into the great outdoors for just a day in an area that they did not fully understand.

Some indoor rock climbers might not return safely from a solo trip they innocently planned to climb rocks in a canyon. They will quickly learn that no climber should participate in any outdoor climbing trips alone. With proper training for outdoor rock climbing, they will learn all about how to keep people appraised of their plans on where they will be climbing and when the can be expected to return. Many lives have been saved because climbers knew to share this information with someone.
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