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How to rock climb

It may sound a simple question and it is but so often we read and report about accidents in the extreme sports that we write about which is very upsetting. We thought therefore it might be a good idea to give you some direction and hints on what to do and how to do it. In this instance its rock climbing – and understand this is only the tip of the iceberg – as Scott rightly says, in the video from expert village below, at the end of the day there is nothing better than getting down to your local gym and taking some professional advice – and then practice and keep practicing until your movements on the rock face become second nature.

First let us examine the types of rock climbing:

  • traditional rock climbing – when pairs of climbers scale a mountain and attach the protective equipment during the ascent
  • sport climbing – as above but the protective equipment is already in place and it is therefore a quicker ascent
  • free solo climbing – no ropes used, no protection, no room for error
  • indoor climbing – in a gym on a wall designed and set up to be climbed, but limited in height
  • bouldering – generally the climbing of boulders or buildings without ropes
  • ice climbing – a topic we have covered before, climbing a structure made of ice

Now check out these words from HowStuffWorks as it is valuable advice if you are thinking of taking up this challenging and envigorating extreme sport:

‘The climber must be able to find adequate handholds and footholds, balance on them in often precarious positions, and move from one point to the next without falling. On difficult routes there can be thin cracks with little to grab hold of, overhangs that require incredible strength to traverse, and wind and temperatures that make the route up the rock even more challenging. Whenever possible, the climber is trying to do most of the work of climbing using his/her legs. In the ideal case, climbers try to keep their centers of gravity over their feet and then push upwards with their legs. They use their arms and hands only for balance and positioning. Probably the easiest and safest way to get started in rock climbing today is to go to an indoor climbing facility and take lessons. There you will learn the basic techniques in a safe environment, build your strength and skills, and meet other climbers.’

Talking of strength you might want to take the challenge provided by Discovery, if you click on the link you will find out some interesting facts about the body.

How strong are you?You’d probably be amazed to learn how much force your body’s joints and muscles actually support on a daily basis. This interactive segment from Discovery takes you inside the body and explains how much strength your bones and muscles really possess. Other activities let you explore even more of your body’s systems to see exactly how they move you through your daily life.

And here’s the first lesson from Scott.

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