Are you interested in learning the exciting and exhilarating sport of climbing? It is surely an activity that is adventurous and awe-inspiring. Learning how to climb is not something you can learn on your own or through reading. Taking a class on climbing is the best (and really the only) way to learn how to enjoy this sport.
Teachers will have the know-how and experience to teach you the basics for protection, safety, and technique. In addition, you’ll learn first aid, the health risks involved and what to wear on your climb.
Climbing is a general term for the many types of climbing and in class, you’ll learn about the different styles. Most climbs are a combination of styles while some are specific to a location or climate. Instructors provide first-hand experience on most, if not all the styles, and they’ll be able to give you the pros and cons of each one.
Bouldering is a style of climbing that is great for a beginner as it will allow you to practice your techniques on a small scale. You’ll scale a rock face or boulder a few meters high and practice your various techniques so you’re prepared for higher climbs.
Traditional climbing uses ropes, harnesses, pitons, cams, and other gear to make it to the top. Sport climbing is part of trad climbing but there are pre-placed bolts and other equipment so there is less work involved. It is popular since there is less time spent securing your equipment and more time enjoying the climb. Aid climbing does not have the pre-placed equipment of sport climbing and ice climbing has different equipment for climbing in sub-zero temperatures.
Instructors will teach all the basics you need to get started. This includes how to top rope, how and when to use a cam or nut, and how to belay and rappel. You’ll also be taught the importance of proper footwork and the different styles of equipment. With the knowledge, you’ll be able to safely practice indoors on simulated rock faces.
Since teachers will have an immense amount of hands-on experience climbing in different locations and climates, they can tell you which areas are prone to earthquakes and avalanches. They will also tell you what to do if one of these natural disasters occurs.
The internet is a great resource for finding a class and climbing gym in your area. You can also search on the internet for vacations that cater to beginning climbers. Once you have the knowledge you’ll need to get outdoors to build up your experience.