Everything You Should Know About Rock Climbing

If you are one of those daring adventurers who like to go for rock climbing and take the challenge head on, then join my league. Rock climbing requires a great amount of mental as well as physical strength. Climbing up the ladder leads to success, climbing on the rocks leads to a fascinating adventure. With climbing gyms more widespread, and willing participants more numerous than ever before, this is a great time to try out a new experience.

Hold your breath and gear up to fight against your willpower and keep on climbing. Let me tell you a few tips and instructions about rock climbing before you go ahead with it.

Prepare Your Body

You'll need to buy a hand gripper and use it regularly to be able to last more than 15 minutes. Work out about 50 reps with both hands every day to increase your gripping strength.

Follow the Jargon

Beta: This is a term that means useful information about a route, which is imparted to a novice from an expert climber. Be prepared to be a heavy beta consumer as a newcomer.

Bomber: This can refer to a type of hold, rock or gear, and essentially just means that it's "bombproof".

Pumped: After climbing for a long time, your arms will become so swollen with lactic acid that it will be impossible to climb any longer without taking a break, as you will no longer be able to properly grip the rocks. This can either serve as a moment of pride, showing that you've climbed extremely hard, or it can just be frustrating as it prevents you from continuing to climb.

Learn These Lessons from Day One

Be watchful of your environs. There is a difference between working out in the climbing gym with loud music blasting, and climbing up the rocks outdoors where everything is tranquil and pin-drop silent.Belaying: Each climber on the wall is accompanied by a partner on the ground with the other side of the climber's rope. The accomplice is in charge of handing over the rope when required, taking up slack, and helping the climber back up if they fall.

The FEFT Knot: The ‘the figure of eight’ knit, considered as the first and foremost knot every climber should learn, and very important because this technique is used to entwine the rope to your harness. It is quite easy to master without the need of a backup knot, and completely 'bombproof'. Once you learn this technique, it will be child’s play for you.

Humility: It is important for climbers who are starting out to maintain a healthy degree of humility and patience. Climbing technique can take years to figure out as this is an activity which is learnt gradually, and you grow with each experience. But once you’ve got the hang of it, there’ll be no looking back and you’ll be a ferocious hiker like me.

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A keen runner, skier and nuts about cycling. Karl lives in Cumbria, where he loves encouraging his two children to follow in his outdoor lifestyle. Whilst out and about keeping active, Karl keeps a diary and shares it with Outdoor Look.

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