Rock climbing is one of the most thrilling but dangerous outdoor hobbies you can have. Many people do it leisurely, just climbing small rock walls at state parks. Others go to extremes, by scaling entire mountains in sections. If you’re looking to get into the hobby of rock climbing, it is incredibly important that you do your research about the gear you’ll be using in order to stay safe. You’re also going to want to do a significant amount of reading up on the advice and techniques offered by those experienced with the hobby. Here you’ll find some tips and advice that are crucial to your safety and enjoyment when beginning the hobby of rock climbing. These are beginner tips, and once you’ve gone over them, you should absolutely do further and deeper research.
First of all, you’ll want to make sure you’re limbered up before climbing, whether it’s an artificial rock wall for practice, or a real outdoor climb. You’re going to want to warm up and stretch out all of your muscles. When you stretch a muscle, you are helping to improve the circulation and flexibility in that part of your body. Obviously, flexibility is very important in an activity such as rock climbing, as you need to be able to position your arms and legs in very precise spots in order to climb effectively. You can very easily find a warm up routine that involves stretching and mild cardio (to get your blood pumping even more) that you can perform before climbing. You never want to climb without getting your body ready first.
Know Where You Are
This next piece of advice applies mostly to people going out and climbing a mountain or other larger area of land: you need to know where you’re going. Always know your route in advance. When you get to the spot of your climb, analyze your surroundings. Look at the rock in front of you and determine where you’re going to have to place your limbs before you even begin to climb. Climbing is far too dangerous to be going in blind. You should know your route inside and out before you place your first foot on the rock.
Learn your body’s movements, and its comfort level. Some people are fast climbers, and some prefer a more methodical and slow pace. Either of these is a fine, respectable method for rock climbing. But you should do some practice runs at an artificial rock wall first in order to understand the way your body functions when climbing. There is also a significant amount of balance involved in climbing – more than most people realize. You need to get comfortable with how your body climbs, and then you’ll be ready to move on to bigger challenges.
As far as getting your body ready for rock climbing goes, you need to ensure you are doing the right kind of exercises. There are dozens of guides online that will point you in the direction of the right workouts for the kind of climbing you want to do. For example, some types of climbs will require you to have more endurance training, while others will require strength training. Knowing the type of climbing you’ll do, whether it is bouldering, face-climbing, or otherwise is also very important in this instance. You’ll want to do the proper training for the activity you are preparing for. You don’t want to spend your time doing strength training for something more endurance based, just like with any other physical activity.
These are just some beginner tips for those looking to get into rock climbing. A hobby such as this one requires preparation that is much more involved than other outdoor activities. To fish, you can get away with getting some bait and a rod – everything else is a bonus. With rock climbing, preparation can be the difference between success and serious injury.