Most of us love climbing, primarily because of the health benefits associated with it. Climbing has also been recognised in the sporting world, with competitions such as the Olympics recognising different climbing disciplines, such as speed climbing and bouldering as part of the medal events. This informative article will look at some of the checklists you should have, before doing your first climb, either as a sport or leisure activity.
Finding a Guide
Finding a guide is the first thing to do if you are not a professional climber, whether its outdoor or indoor climbing. Most people start by asking their more experienced friends for a hand during the first days of climbing. If you don’t have these friends, you may consider engaging the services of a certified climbing guide or trainer.
Choose the Type of Climbing
Climbing has varied disciplines which require different training, gear and equipment. Choosing a specific discipline will also determine the route or places to go, whether indoors or outdoors. If you are a beginner, indoor climbing will help build your confidence, and we encourage you to start from there if you want to be an expert climber. Indoor climbing facilities can be found in public recreation establishments, gyms or in schools. The advantage of indoor climbing is that you can climb in areas where there are no outdoor climbing spots; it’s conveniently available, and you can practice with the rented gear and equipment, before buying your own.
Gear Up for Your Climb
The type of climbing will determine the gear and types of equipment you should carry for your adventure. Climbing gear is meant to protect you from injuries such as head knocks from falls, while the pieces of equipment are meant to assist you along the way. When climbing, ensure you have a helmet, climbing shoes and clothes depending on your chosen spot.
Climbing routes are distinguished by their difficulties. Amateur enthusiasts are put through climbing routes which are not difficult to navigate, while professional climbers prefer testing their skills by choosing difficult routes. When taking forest routes or in the mountains, ensure that you have a guide or a functioning GPRS tracker which will make it easy for people to trace you in case something happens. Also, ensure that somebody knows about your climbing plans beforehand.
With these tips, you are ready to take your first climb and let your adrenaline take over this fun-filled activity.