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The Way Forward – Getting Involved In The Sport

At this point you may feel that you’re ready to try out the sport of climbing so how do you go about getting started? Join a climbing club/school with trained instructors. Join some experienced climbers on an outing. Try some moves at a rock-gym or climbing wall. Find a like-minded friend, and set off on your own. The first option is undoubtedly the safest, and is highly recommended. It also the most costly, although this cost is relatively small compared to the benefits. The second […]

Training For Climbing – Exercise & Endurance Tips

For top performers, climbing, like so many other sports, has changed dramatically over the years. With the advent of competition climbing and the accompanying sponsorship, as well as the sponsorship which now goes with the first ascents of major new climbs, climbers have started taking their sport seriously. With this attitude has come intensive training. Even if you don’t aspire to being the world’s top sport or alpine climber, training and fitness make climbing much more enjoyable. The more you put in, the richer the […]

Rappels, Retreats & Emergencies

Many seasoned climbers regard rappelling descending the rope to the bottom of the route as potentially extremely dangerous. More than any other element in the sport of rock climbing, rappelling can lead to high drama, serious injury and even death. The reasons for this are manifold. Many people don’t take rappelling techniques as seriously as they should, and don’t make the effort to learn and master the essential skills required for safe rappelling. During rappelling, you are completely dependent on your equipment, including your gear […]

Leading A Climb – Planning & Executing Your Own Climb

Being sufficiently skilled to lead a climb is probably the ultimate aim of most climbers. Instead of following someone else’s lead, you can plan and execute your own climb, in your own way, in your own time – just you, your partner(s) and the rock. Leading can be done in two ways: by using fixed gear, such as pre-placed, solid bolts and pegs; or by using natural or trad gear, namely gear that the leader places into rock cracks or fissures while climbing the route. […]

Climbing Techniques – Learning The Movements & Grips

Climbing is all about movement the more fluid and relaxed you are, the easier you will find it. Like other sports, it calls for certain patterns of movement – called engrams – to be learnt and practised. Engrams also form the basis of dancing, athletics and the martial arts, for example. The common element is that of establishing patterns of movement, which the body refers to automatically. The following need to be combined: Technique – the efficient use of energy by means of balance and […]

Knowing The Ropes – Knots & Climbing Rope Basics

Most climbers make use of ropes, although, for a great deal of the time, the rope is not used actively. It is simply there and you may even find it a nuisance. You drag it behind you when leading a climb, you climb with it above you for safety, it snags on every projection, and it always seems to get in the way. However, if something happens and you suddenly need the rope, you’ll be extremely relieved to have it! The most important thing to […]

Climbing Equipment – What You Need To Get Started

It is not necessary to possess a vast array of climbing gear and gadgets in order to enjoy climbing. However, when you think of all the wonderful experiences made possible by using equipment, it becomes clear why most climbers choose to use at least some form of gear. To beginners, experienced climbers may seem to move swiftly and effortlessly across or up a rock face, making it seem so easy! Once they themselves are on the rock, though, it suddenly seems slippery and the grips […]

An Introduction To Climbing – A Beginners Guide

A Calculated Risk One of the greatest climbers in the world, Reinhold Messner, describes climbing as ‘controlling risk’ if the risk factor is too great, then you are ‘out of control’, and danger replaces adventure. In climbing, the aim of the exercise is to become expert enough to assess situations accurately, and retreat or not even begin if the risk of a serious accident is too high. Coming from Messner, who has summitted all of the 8000m peaks, most without oxygen, and pioneered some of […]