HOW TO MOUNTAIN CLIMB
Mountain Climb for mental and physical Strength; Climb just for fun; or climb to really feel alive.!
Why do we climb? It’s a natural question. Climbing seems so alien. Aren’t humans supposed to walk around with both feet on the ground? The answer is, of course, no Humans are primates and what do primates do? They climb trees. Climbing is a basic human activity and skill. We once climbed to escape predators and to be safe. We already know how to climb.
Climbing gets you off the couch, out of the house, and onto new and unfamiliar terrain. You’ll find mountains of all grades to suit every ability level at your local cliff.
We learn to climb as children, scrambling up boulders and mountains, monkeying up trees. Later we grow up and unlearn how to climb, preferring instead to walk around on sidewalks and drive cars. But at some point you want to reconnect with that basic childhood instinct to climb. You might visit your own local mountains and see climbers high on a cliff and think, “Wow! How do they do that? I want to go climbing.” So you do.
Climbing is a natural sport. It gets you out of the house. Off the trail, and out experiencing raw nature. Out there on the mountain cliffs, you grow as a person. You learn what your body and mind can do. You overcome fears and phobias. You tap into the athlete inside you. You become a better and more complete human being. Climbing offers a whole body workout. When you go climbing, you’ll begin to use muscles that you never knew you had. Climbing develops flexibility and strength, and helps you find equilibrium. You can also use climbing as a spiritual exercise like yoga.
The success you find on the cliff can translate to success in life.
If you can climb a cliff, you can do anything.
Mountain climbing seems so improbable. How do climbers cling to walls like spiders, working upward with their hands and feet gripping imaginary holds? Why aren’t they afraid of heights? What happens if they fall? Will they get hurt?
Climbing can seem intimidating to the beginner. The new climber has a lot of questions and fears about climbing and not a lot of answers.
If you want to be a climber, you don’t have to be super strong or have buckets of courage. All you need is the desire to confront your fears and work at your technique. Climbing is more about using good footwork and body position techniques than brute strength. Successful climbers use their legs to push themselves upward rather than pulling up with their arms. It makes sense – your legs are stronger than your arms. You don’t have to be fashion-model skinny and feather light to be a successful climber. It might help if you lose a few pounds, but they won’t stop you from getting us moderate mountains. If you get out regularly, you’ll probably lose some of those pounds by burning calories while hiking to the cliff and moving across stone.
Climbing is dangerous. That’s the truth. But climbing is also incredibly sage. You’re more likely to get hurt driving to the cliff than climbing – as long as you use equipment and follow proper climbing safety protocol. Climbing equipment almost never fails. Usually accidents happen because of inattention and inexperience.
The fear of heights and high places is a natural human fear. That fear keeps you alive. Sometimes a fear of heights comes from ignorance of your safety system. If you’re afraid, check your knots, your belay anchor (which ties you to the rock), and don’t look down. You can build up a tolerance for heights by climbing higher each time you go.
It’s not hard to get started climbing. If you live in a City, find an indoor climbing gym. Many climbing walls are at universities and colleges. The best introduction to climbing is at the gym. Where you can learn basic climbing movements and safety skills. Gyms also rent essential climbing equipment, including rock shoes, harnesses, and belay devices with locking carabineers. Later, after you’ve climbed a few times, you can purchase these items so you can climb on your own.
Climbing outside requires a larger set of technical skills and a level of competency that you develop only with you’re out there climbing on cliffs.
Keep true to these guidelines, always strive to learn more and in no time you’ll be an expert rock climber! Until then; stay safe and stay happy.
Thank you for reading, I hope this has been of help to you. Written by Randy Cromar