Rock Climbing

Did You Know?

The history of rock climbing dates back to the late 19th century.

Michel-Gabriel Paccard and Jacques Balmat are known for establishing moutaineering's (rock climbing's predecessor) modern age by scaling all 15,771 feet of Mont Blanc in 1786.

 

Gritstone is a very hard form of sandstone, with very high friction and rounded holds. Routes tend to be quite short, but require a specialised climbing style, which uses the friction of the rock.

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What to Expect

What to Expect

While rock climbing can be considered by non-climbers to be a reckless, dangerous, "thrill-seeking" sport, it can also be a fun way to push yourself to your physical and mental limits. It is a physically and mentally demanding sport, one that often tests a climber's strength, endurance, agility and balance along with mental control.

Gear Up!

Gear Up!

Whether you are going on a two day climbing trip, or a three hour bouldering session, you will need climbing shoes. Climbing shoes are fitted very tightly around the foot, with a sticky rubber sole that provides the friction you need for climbing. The laces usually extend all the way to the toes, and to the very top of the shoe, making them very adjustable.

The next most important essential is a chalk bag and chalk. If you are going to be climbing on belay, then you will need a lot more equipment: ropes, a harness, carabiners, quick draws and good webbing.

Dress Cool

What to Wear

Wear long spandex exercise pants, loose fitting pants or sweats...and no socks or very thin socks.

Of course, you'll also need a harness, climbing shoes and a helmet.

Saftey is the first rule of climbing!

You Might See...

You Might See…

Whatever you do don't look down!!! Just kidding, but since you will be climbing up the side of a rock wall you will probably see some amazing sites as you get higher. Another thing you will hopefully see is your route. As you climb you will consistently look for good foot and hand holds.

 

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