How to mountain climb
Climbing is simply movement across vertical terrain. We spend most of our lives walking upright on sidewalks and trails, but when we climb, we learn about using our arms and legs in new ways. We learn about finding balance in both our movements and our lives, finding equilibrium so we can reach further, so we can climb higher.
The first time you go rock climbing on a cliff just might change your life forever. Out there on the rocks you discover parts of yourself that you never knew existed. To become a climber, you don’t need brutish physical strength, the coordination of a monkey, and the courage of a lion. It’s far more important to have a desire and enthusiasm for high places tempered by a calm and focused mind.
For beginners don’t rush for stiff and huge mountains. Test your strength against small altitude hills.
Learn the basic climbing techniques such as rappelling, belaying, anchor systems, climbing protection, useful climbing knots, basic rope management,
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.
To progress faster, take a few climbing classes or lessons from an experienced instructor. You can learn how to safely belay and lower as well as get important tips that will make climbing easier for you. Climbing outside requires a larger set of technical skills and a level of competency that you develop only when you’re out there climbing on cliffs.
For this reason, it’s important to continue your climbing education beyond the gym. It’s easy to think you know more than you do after climbing a few months inside, but don’t put yourself or your climbing partners in dangerous situations by overestimating your skills. Your safety skills and knowledge of climbing procedures including anchor building, placing gear, rigging rappels, and setting up top-ropes, however, it limited and even dangerous if you’ve only climbed indoors.
Thank you for reading, I hope this has been of help to you. Written by Randy Cromar