Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is an extreme sport in which participants climb a rock face or along an area with several rock formations. Although it is quite similar to scrambling along rocks, the difference is in the height of the racks and the ascent to the top. The climber must be skilled in using his/her hands to take the weight of the body and to provide balance. It is a sport that tests a person’s strength, agility and endurance. Specialized training and equipment are needed before engaging in this sport.

It involves climbing a designated route with the use of one’s hands and feet. Simpler forms of rock climbing include bouldering, which means climbing a large boulder that is about 10 to 15 feet high. In higher climbs, there is an increased risk of injury and death if the climber happens to fall. Therefore there are specialized climbing techniques one should learn before attempting this sport.

Some of the climbing techniques used are:

The types of equipment a person would use in rock climbing consists of:

Ropes, cord and webbing – dynamic ropes absorb the weight of a falling climber and static ropes are used as anchoring systems because they do not stretch as much.. A climber carries both kinds. Static ropes are used with hooks that the climber hammers into the rock and then pulls himself upward. The webbing protects the ropes from being frayed or cut by the rocks.

Rock climbers also often wear helmets to protect themselves from falling rock.