Rock climbing and bouldering
Are there any rock climbers here? I am a major fan of the sport. I myself have never gotten to really experience it. I have climbed at amusement parks and what not but I would like to here about competitions and expericences with the sport. Im all for tips and ways to become a better climber, thanks.
Yes Yes Yes, after a break of about 4 months, this afternoon was the first time for me to climb within 4 months, so you’re timing is very good, nice. Climbing for me is sport nr. 1 so I regret that I didn’t practice it alot the past year.
Right now I havent hot a lot of time, I’m sorry, so can post tomorrow, what would you like to know? I live in Holland (wich is flat) so I’ve done most off my climbing in climbing gyms, The gym nearest to me is one of the best in Holland: http://www.bjoeks.nl.
Besides that I have climbed in the France, Mallorca, Switzerland, Austria.
Well i know very little of the rules and regulations so it would be greatly appreciated if either of you could give me the basic and most needed to know. Also what is a good way to start? Like a workout routine? Or go straight to climbing? (i am in good shape but i would like to know if there is a great workout for climbing). Any info will help thanks.
I love rock climbing. @ztl254, you should try to grab a buddy (if you want to climb routes–you can boulder solo, of course) and check out your nearest climbing gym. They usually offer intro packages for first-timers, and they’ll rent you the gear you need and stuff. I think the best way to get into climbing is just to try out the routes at an indoor gym and challenge yourself, then slowly start learning technique from more experienced climbers. Gyms are really awesome environments, and if you’re lucky you’ll meet some people keen on heading outside.
As for workouts…some of the really intense climbers I know train on campus boards and technique-specific equipment to work on finger strength and stuff like that, but if you’re starting out, you’re going to improve most from just climbing and pushing yourself (in fact, campus boards are sort of dangerous if you don’t already have requisite strength built up in your tendons etc.). Bouldering will help your strength heaps, but climbing routes will bump up your endurance, and you’ll still get pumped. Climbing uses some muscles you probably aren’t used to using, so even if you’re in good shape, you’ll probably feel the forearm twinge :P Happy climbing!
I hike and climb at my home station in Alaska. There’s nothing more exhilarating than being on a face with nothing between you and the ground but your fingers on rock. I just jumped in. I had never seen a mountain before I got to Alaska and just went out one day and hiked up until I got to a face and started climbing. I’ve had a few scares, but I’m still here. If you are afraid to lose your life, you should take classes. I’m just reckless.
I just love climbing. me and a mate used to always climb on huge buildings and churches and stuff, and made a picture of the view. We started doing it again lately, Had to run away from police and angry people a lot though and need pretty good stories cause “we like climbing” sounds like “we’re burglars”. It’s kind of like urban exploring. I also like rock climbing, it makes me feel alive. There’s also another thing I don’t really know what it’s called, there’s prebuilt wooden stuff high in the trees and you climb from tree to tree following a path.
I appreciate all the tips and info, i shall start asap! And sorry for not answering back quickly, i have had a busy couple of days.