All you need to keep in mind before climbing
Climbing is a trend. There are more and more climbers who train in rockodrome during the week and take advantage of the weekend to climb in rock. However, climbing is a really serious sport, in which we must take into account a number of safety measures. Climbing the climbing wall is not exactly the same as climbing a mountain, so it is essential to know how to start mountain climbing and to have some basic concepts clear before starting to open routes.
1. Choose the climbing genre you want to practice
There are different types of climbing according to the surface and the use or not of rope. In the case of initiation to climbing, sport climbing is the most interesting option, as you will follow a path where the anchors have been placed beforehand. The climbing wall is also a good way to get started in this fantastic sport, while traditional climbing – the first to climb is opening route – is an intermediate level. Free climbing, psychobloc (ravines over the sea, without rope) or ice climbing are modalities for specialists.
2. Achieve the necessary equipment
There are certain basic elements to start climbing. Comfortable trousers and a T-shirt that facilitate your movements are essential when practicing climbing, but there are a number of basic elements that any climber needs. The first one, a few cat feet that facilitate the grip to the wall. The second, a helmet -both for the climber for the insurer- that protects us from blows, falling rocks or stones that come off the wall, etc. The third, a harness, although if you go out with veteran climbers is simple that you lend it, both the harness and the helmet.
3. Contact veteran climbers to advise you
One of the best tips for beginner climbers who want to start in this sport is to look for a set with more veteran climbers to accompany them in their first steps in this world. Surely they won’t have any qualms if you accompany them on their climbing outings, and they will teach you the basic climbing techniques, to put on the harness and make the eight, to use the rope well … Solidarity is one of the pillars of climbing, and you will surely soon find a climbing ensemble in which you feel at ease.
4. Attention to the condition and quality of the holding rope
The rope is our life insurance, so before going out you have to check that it is in perfect condition. You should never use a frayed, broken or poorly maintained rope, as any serious accident can occur. Sometimes we can cut it, but the best option always and in all circumstances is to buy a new one. To protect it, it must always be on the rope cover, even when you climb. This is the only way to avoid getting caught in big rocks, which could be damaged. In addition to this, you can use the rope cover as a blanket to eat or rest.
5. Learn the climbing technique
From the outside it seems that the arms are the most essential part, but really the base of climbing is in the strength of your central part of the body. Try to hold your arms straight as often as you can and your legs bent, which will allow you to push more easily with the lower body. You must also know how to hold feet and hands to the different supports you will find on the wall, whatever the size. Never lean on the plates or cutting elements, and do not forget the relevance of a good technique to go down.
6. Find out about weather conditions
Although it’s hard to include it in climbing tips, you should consult the weather forecast before going out and in all circumstances. When there is a lot of wind or rain, perhaps it would be better to stay at home and opt for another activity -such as climbing on a rockodrome- so that the weather does not ruin a day of climbing for us. Don’t forget your sunglasses, sunscreen and something to cover up after climbing; and it’s either hot or cold, hydration is very important.