Saturday, June 13, 2009

Rock Climbing Adventure Guide




Climbing, an act of going up, whether it is on a hill, mountain, or artificial wall. Veer strength, fit body, and unlimited ardor for adventure are the qualities that are needed for a tough, yet a thrilling adventure sport called rock climbing. Rock climbing demands passion, determination and a strong zeal to reach your destined height.

Rock climbing can be attributed to mountaineering. A person can easily identify with rock climbing who has experienced mountaineering because the difference involved is only of snow instead of rocks. The thrill and excitement is same. In rock climbing one has to face a sharp rock and has to creep it with his bare hands, feet and a safety rope. Sometime rock climbing seems to be a toughest job but the enthusiasm and zeal around you persuades you to do it and mesmerize you by its magic and always keep you in high spirits.

Types of Rock Climbing

Most of the climbing done in modern times is considered free climbing, in this, one doesn’t require much safety equipments but a self confidence, strength and skills to climb a height. Whereas, in aid climbing the climber ascends by hanging on and climbing on his or her equipment. There are many other styles of Rock Climbing: Bouldering, Top roping, lead climbing, Trad climbing, Sport climbing, Indoor Climbing and Free Soloing.

As years passed, the trend was to make shorter but more difficult climbs. Knowing that Rock Climbing as an outdoor sport could be really dangerous, safety and protection were greatly considered. Specific techniques and gear were developed as the routes became harder and more challenging to climbers.


Travel Equipments

Gloves
Headgear
Shoes
Ascenders
Hammers
Rope
Bolts and Drills
Helmets
Chalk
Chest harness
Harness seat
Nut

Techniques

Belaying: In rock climbing, belaying is a technique used to control the rope so that a falling climber will not fall very far and will be caught by the rope.

Abseiling: Abseiling is also known as rappelling. This technique is very dangerous and many people have become injured in abseiling. Jammed ropes, equipment failure, ropes being cut on rocks and sharp edges, as well as other accidents have occurred.

Leading: In leading, the leader is responsible for placing protection for those following behind. The leader should always remain calm and the leader will attempt to place protection as needed.


Invaluable Suggestions



Take a basic lesson from a recognized institute.
Beware of used gears.
Physical Fitness as well as mental fitness is must.
Any heart problem or blood pressure patient must avoid the sport.
All safety considerations should be made.

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