Do you love action or adventure movies and wish that one day you can become the main character doing secret missions in a tropical jungle or on the top of a dangerous mountain? Especially if you feel so high when reaching the summit or completing a very difficult task, then rock climbing will be one of your favorite activities.
Rock climbing can be divided into two types: challenging natural rock mountains or defeating artificial rock walls. However, to carry out a natural rock climbing, you need practicing a lot before going out there to defy the nature. That’s why indoor rock climbing became a mean for people to practice. Time after time, it is regulated and recognized as a safe sport.
Maybe you will be frightened when watching some rock climbing performances on YouTube done by free-soloing climbers without any safety equipment at all. But in real life, there are many options to keep you safe while climbing so that you can enjoy your rock climbing without worrying you might slip or fall to death.
There are many types of rock climbing referred to the type of equipment and method that is used such as bouldering, top-roping, lead-climbing… Bouldering is equipment-free but it is allowed only for short routes because of its danger. Bouldering requires high skilled rock climbing and huge courage.
For top-roping, there will be a person who goes to the peak first then attaches an anchor for climber’s ropes to secure. After that, the belayer clips a harness to these ropes and controls them when you start your climbing. In the worst case when you slip, you will only fall a short distance and dangle a bit of time before getting yourself back to the job.
Top-roping is very idea for novice rock climbers to practice and experience because it is the safest kind of rock climbing. Thanks to the support of expert climbers, you will always be safe and the chance of injury is very small.
- For lead climbing, two people will work as a team. First, the leader will climb the rock, attach his rope to secure points – which can be called cams or nuts – along the way. Then he uses the quickdraw – a set of two carabiners connected by a sewn loop of webbing. The straight gate carabiner is attached to a cam or nut and the bent gate has the rope threaded through it.
- Next, the leader releases the rope only enough for the second climber to climb a short upward. The higher the climbers lead, the more they can reduce the amount of slack in the rope. In case one of them might fall, they will only drop the same distance as the rope’s remaining length.
- Then they will work in reverse as the second climber begins his task. The distance the team can climb depends on the length of the rope. When reaching this maximum distance, the higher climber must stop and anchor at a pitch. Then he belays the rope to the lower one. Once the partner reaches his spot, they will repeat the whole process until conquering the summit.
- Lead climbing requires lots of training and congenial coordination between two members. It’s a fascinating type of rock climbing that enhances teammate’s spirit and co-operation. However, the chance of serious injury when accidents occur is much higher than top-roping. If you want to try lead climbing, find an expert first, practice hard and be careful when doing it for real.
- Apart from natural challenges, you can begin with indoor rock climbing using artificial rock walls. Despite the lack of panoramic view when you reach the top, indoor rock climbing still have some considerable advantages for beginners.
- First, because the walls are artificial, you can see the hand and foot holes clearly and access them much easier than those in natural wall formations. For novice climbers, indoor activities build up their confidence and experience before trying a natural sheer wall. Except for safety equipment, to prevent serious injury, the beneath the ground of indoor walls is always padded so you don’t have to worry a lot when suddenly fall.
- Second, indoor climbing doesn’t depend on the weather condition. In fact, outdoor climbing wasn’t a good option for beginners, especially if the weather’s unfortunately gone bad before the climbing day. The hand and foot holes could be very slippery later and you might have the high chance of falling after a bad grip.
- Third, you may think indoor climbing is much easier than the outdoor. That may be a mistake. In indoor climbing centers, there are all kinds of walls and overhangs for different levels from beginner to expert. You can have any challenges you want the same or even harder than the outside world.