Are you interested in taking up rock climbing as an addictive hobby or favorite past time? Here are 3 valuable tips if you are an amateur rock climber just getting started in this fantastic sport.
Learn the Ropes
When you are ready to go rock climbing, you just do not go out on the first day and try to climb one. Rock climbing is basically a dangerous sport. Make sure you learn the ropes before you venture out into the open and attempt to that climb.
Go online and reach out to the pros and get some privileged instructions or guidelines. Furthermore, try to get the hang of climbing rocks by practicing in indoor climbing gyms or centers. It is not exactly the real deal. But you can learn a lot from there before putting your body on the line on the outside.
Find those in the Fold
Rock Climbing is a team sport. It is not a good idea to go climbing without people by your side. There's no joy in being the lone ranger, you need people to encourage you, tell you where the best rocks are and who will generally share their experiences with you. Take a friend with you.
So whether it is a natural cliff or indoor climb gym, bind with those who share your passion. Learn a thing or two from them. You have no reason to feel funny like the new recruit, who is still wet behind the ears and asking too many questions. The best climbers, started just like you, with nothing but enthusiasm going for them. Do the same.
If you live in an area with lots of natural scenery, check out the rock climbing shops in the vicinity. The shop owners will know how to point you in the right direction.
Learn the Lingo
Rock climbing is in a world of its own. And you need to learn the language; your life could actually depend on it. If you are an amateur climber know your equipment by name and techniques, rock positions plus first aid procedures by heart.
Rock climbing has crafted a language different from the outside world. Learn it and speak it with your fellow climbers. So when you hear your climber colleague say 'Elvis!'.
You know that he's not reminiscing about the late King of Rock and Roll, but suggesting that his legs are shaking from tiredness or deep exhaustion.