How To Rock Climb
An indoor gym is the perfect place to learn the basic climbing skills – tying into the rope, belaying lowering, and safety techniques – that you need to know to safely climb outside. In a gym you learn and practice them in a controlled setting, often under the eye of a gym employee.
Tying into Rope
The first skill you need to know is how to tie the rope onto your harness.
This “follow-through” knot is the knot most climbers use to attach the rope to their harness. This is the strongest climbing know, won’t come untied if properly tied, and is easy to check, Learn the knot and practice it until you can tie it without thinking. Remember to tie the knot unto your harness at the let loops and tie-in point on the waist belt. Never tie into the harness belay loop.
Belaying, the process of securing the rope in a belay device and protecting a climber is another essential skill you need to know. The gym is ideal to learn how to belay. Before you can belay at a gym, most require you to take a belay competency test. Most gyms also offer a skill class in belaying.
After you learn to belay, learn how to lower a climber from the top of the wall back to the base. Lowering, like belaying, is an essential skill. Of you don’t know how to lower your partner, you could drop her like a ton a bricks to the ground.
Lastly, learn climbing skills so you can look after yourself in the gym and at the cliff. That way you never have to rely on anyone else for your safety. Climbing safety is about taking personal responsibility. Learn all the basic skills to be safe at the gym and you’ll have a lot more fun climbing.
Once you start climbing at an indoor gym, use it for more than merely clambering around on the walls. Most serious climbers go to the gym for learning techniques. Practicing and getting better, and training for outdoor climbing. Gyms are great for mastering climbing basics.
Your fingers, hands, and forearms are perhaps you’re most important climbing muscles and appendages. If these are strong, you’re going to get up a lot more routes than if they’re weak. Muscle failure – that is, getting pumped – is the number one cause of falling off routes, Train your upper body using hang boards, campus boards, systems wall, and other apparatus, and you’ll be sending more difficult climbs.
Before training however, remember that is’s easy to get injured on any of these training tools, Don’t be overenthusiastic and over train or attempt exercises that you’re not ready to do.
Hang boards, mounted anywhere from your home gym to a doorway, are an efficient and easy way to train fingers and pull-ups on grips. If you’re not strong enough to hang for long, use bungee cords to stand in to carry some of your weight.
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