The relation between spiritual practices and strenuous rock climbing may seem poles apart, but they actually do complement each other. During climbing, one uses his complete strength generated from the body. The muscles are under constant pressure, especially the traps, biceps, triceps and legs. After a day of climbing, all the muscles in your body start to stiffen and ache, resulting in weakness or discomfort while pursuing your next climb.
During these times the art of Yoga comes to the rescue. Yoga is renowned for its spiritual, mental and physical healing. A yoga session for a rock climber can soothe the physical stress and provides relief of any emotional stigma. Following are some exercises that a rock climber should perform frequently to attain relief from physical and mental stress.
Crescent Lunge: This exercise needs to be performed in order to strengthen your arms, legs and the core of your body. It stretches the groin, legs and hip, while also expanding the chest, torso and shoulders. The crescent lunge strengthens your upper and lower body and also escalates your balance and stability.
Warrior 2: The warrior 2 exercise is very essential for climbers as it increases the endurance in your legs. Practicing this exercise strengthens your hands and legs and is useful in preventing any injuries during your climb. Essential to strengthen upper and lower body, increases stamina, relieves backache.
Half Moon Pose: One more exercise that is crucial for climbers is the half-moon pose. This exercise strengthens your legs and tests your balancing power. A really essential aspect during climbing is to maintain balance and this pose provides the strength to do that. The pose strengthens your thighs and calves, expands your shoulders and chest, and is also believed to aid in healing leg related wounds.
Chair Pose: A complete body workout is facilitated by practicing this exercise. This pose strengthens your legs, arms and shoulders. It also provides for better stability and enhances the strength of upper and lower body. Strengthens calf muscles, improves mobility of your ankles, expands chest and shoulders.
The above mentioned yoga poses are especially for climbers, these exercises strengthens all the muscles that are utilized during climbing. Performing these yoga poses will make climbing a much more relaxed and joyous experience. There are some yoga classes in Denver area that provide some really useful tips and pointers to climbers and also train them accordingly.
“Climbing is as close as we can come to flying.” – Margaret Young.
The thought of a million adrenaline junkies voiced in one sentence. Rock climbing isn’t meant for the fainthearted, climbing a vertical rock wall utilizing your own strength and pushing the extremities of your muscles and will power. The catch to that, you are tied only to a rope; this rope is your savior in case anything bad happens. All this may sound scary, but to climbers it’s a way of life, a stress buster or a hobby if one may say so.
People also call it death-defying, but for the climber, it’s the most independent he can ever get. Is it a reckless sport? Ask a climber about the rush they attain from doing this; the goose bumps, the cold wind caressing his body, and the sense of pride and satisfaction after conquering a top. While we appraise the rush, let’s check out some of the most popular sites for rock climbing:
Kalymnos Island, Greece
A climbing venue inclusive of more the 2,000 routes, Kalymnos Island is a popular destination for outdoor rock climbing. One of the most visited tourist attraction in Greece, this island is hospitable for all, teenage climbers, aged tourists and professionals. A prompt rescue service and properly laid climbable rocks, the Kalymnos Island is a must visit for aspiring climbers.
Agulha do Diabo (Devil’s Needle), Brazil
Rated by many climbers as the most beautiful and scenic spire, the Agulha do Diabo, aka Devil’s Needle, is a tricky 2050 meters of challenging climbing. It is located inside the Serra dos Orgaos National Park in Brazil. To conquer the peak of the Needle, a climber needs to acquire accurate knowledge about the weather, wind speed and route along with certain improvisations in his/her technique.
Matterhorn Pennine Alps, Switzerland
The most prominent geographical milestone in the European skyline, the Matterhorn Alps in Switzerland is 4478 meters of a pleasurable yet tactical climb. An extremely testing climb that requires proper use of techniques and skills, only climbers with prior experience are permitted to ascend this mountain.
The above mentioned destinations are a must visit for any climber. Nature has so much to offer, especially its splendid creations and scenic beauty, but there are only a few brave hearts that end up experiencing this extravagant phenomenon.
If you didn’t get a chance last year to attend the PCI clinics in Rockville this is your chance! Kevin Jorgeson will be running the PCI clinics this time around and we are excited to have him! Clinics will take place at two Earth Treks locations:
April 10th -Earth Treks Timonium
April 11th-Earth Treks Rockville
6:30pm and 8:00pm**
Clinic: TOP 3 MISTAKES CLIMBERS MAKE ON OVERHANGS – AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT
The focus of this clinic is to help you dramatically improve your performance on overhanging terrain. While training will make you stronger, technique is the key to unlocking your intrinsic potential. Each session will be specifically focused to the ability range of the participants. Space is limited and will fill quickly!
Wondering who Pro Climbers International is?
Pro Climbers International (PCI) is an association founded to create a better future for athletes through programs that develop and inspire the next generation of climbers.
To help develop the next generation, PCI began a community climbing initiative in Sonoma, CA in January 2010. In two years, over 2,500 square feet of climbing surface have been installed, over 750 kids have been exposed to the sport. Climbing is now the most popular sport at the elementary school. Climbing camp at the Boys and Girls Club is sold out every summer.
To help inspire the next generation, PCI produced a captivating professional bouldering competition in Boulder, Colorado in May 2010. In September 2011, PCI launched the Pro Clinic Series, a nationwide instructional tour featuring PCI athletes for a weekend of performance clinics, product demos, poster signings, and slideshows. PCI has delivered its members to meet the instructional and inspirational demand from corporations such as Google and luxury resorts such as the Viceroy Hotel Group.