For those who love the height and thrill, rock climbing is the sport for you. It’s definitely not something you can do overnight, but dedication and a passion to learn can get you places (such as bigger, wider rocks and mountains) with the sport. As someone who has wall climbed before, I decided to ask rock climbing expert Tim Sesink how I can start scaling the rocks myself.
It can be dangerous
Rock and sport climbing is exciting, fun and also dangerous. In rock climbing, as opposed to in indoor wall climbing, there is no room for mistakes. One small slip and you could be falling from ten feet. There are many extensive knots you need to know how to tie and a large amount of equipment you must know how to use: carabiners, quickdraws, stoppers, harnesses, belay and rappel devices and cords to name a few. Get educated and know what you are doing before you start.
Rock climbing is a sport that requires mental and physical strength, flexibility, agility and endurance. It is important to prepare yourself for it before you go out. Here are a few suggestions:
If you loved climbing trees as a kid and are looking for another challenge, take on rock climbing. It takes time and preparation before you start, but once you do, you’re sure to fall—in love with it.