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The Sport Climbing Series (SCS) Capital Regional Championships will be taking place at Earth Treks Climbing Centers Rockville, MD this Saturday May 10th.
Good luck to all participants!
Please note that we will have some wall closures while the comp is underway and on the day of the competition as well.
For up to date info you can check our Earth Treks Rockville Facebook page as we will be posting the latest news and photos on comp day. #SCSCompET
Please see below for closures.
Days Leading into the Comp closure schedule days:
-Monday, May 5th ALL DAY
-Tuesday, May 6th – Until 4pm
-Wednesday/Thursday/Friday – Limited climbing after 3pm
Day of Comp closures:
-Saturday, May 10th – Roped Corridor CLOSED all day.
-Old side BOULDERING and INSTRUCTIONAL ROOMS – CLOSED all day.
We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.
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.