Enjoy a Memorable Rock Climbing Experience with the Right Safety Measures

You may attempt climbing with a group of people, but the experience on the way up is yours alone to enjoy. Nothing may be more satisfying than completing your climb successfully. However, there are dangers that you need to protect yourself against.

This may be done with the right rock climbing gear and training. Here are some pointers that may help:

Check your Harness: After you have strapped on all your gear, double check your climber as well as belayer harness buckles. These need to be secure and doubled backed. Always make the time to do this before you begin rock climbing.

Check Knots: Begin a check of knots with your lead climber and go through each member of the group. Ensure the tie-in knot with the leader is securely finished with a back-up knot. Thread ropes through the waist and leg loops of your harness. This has to be done for every member.

Wear a Climbing Helmet: Your safety measures are incomplete if you do not wear a climbing helmet. These will help protect your from falling rocks, accidents mid-climb, losing grip on the rope and hitting the rock surface, and more.

Check Both Rope and Belay Device: Your rope must be threaded through the belay device. Both of these must then be attached to the belayer’s harness loop with a locking carabiner.

Use a Long Rope: Before you begin your climb, always ensure that you have a rope that reaches to the anchors or to the belay edge. This is particularly on multi-pitch climbing routes. If at any point you are unsure of the length of the rope, tie a stopper knot to prevent dropping down to the ground suddenly.

Stay Alert: When belaying, the leader of the group carries a biggest risk of falling. It is important to pay attention to their movements and not be distracted by gadgets or by other climbers. Take the leader off a belay only when they call “Off Belay” and you are sure he/she is anchored in and is in a safe place.

Carry Sufficient Gear:A lways conduct a review of your climbing route to determine what gear you will need to carry. Never cut back or go by a rule book. If you feel something is necessary, carry it along, irrespective of what others might have to say. Climbing is a difficult sport but one that may be a source of a lot of fun if done in the right manner and with the right climbing equipment to support you. For information on climbing equipment provided by Earth Treks Climbing Centers Click Here

Rock Climbing Can Be Truly Helpful?

Conventionally, climbing was considered a great way to get outside and enjoy the nature. However, with the growth of indoor climbing centers, enthusiasts needn’t wait around for the right opportunity to come by to pursue some climbing. Even if you are a new rock climber, you already know how much it has helped you tone up and feel healthy.
Check out these exciting reasons to stay healthy and fit with rock climbing:

Building Strength
An obvious benefit associated with climbing is the increase in muscle tone and mass. If you are looking at building your strength by targeting the muscles in your legs, back, chest and arms; this activity is the best way you can achieve it. This activity is especially beneficial for people who do not have a whole lot of time. Climbing is a great way to pursue a comprehensive workout in one go.

Enhanced Cardiovascular Health
One of the most critical health benefits of this activity is that is has an excellent effect on the cardiovascular system. Your heart, arteries, veins and other components are responsible to deliver blood to the rest of the body and back are put under stress that is considered healthy for the system. However, if you notice low tolerance while you perform other cardiovascular activities such as biking, walking or swimming, it is recommended that you start slow.

Weight Loss
Another advantage of pursuing outdoor or indoor rock climbing is weight loss. If you pursue rock climbing at a moderate intensity for about one hour, you will be able to burn an average of 400 calories in one session. Combining this with a healthy diet plan can easily allow you to reach your goal of burning 500 calories a day.
Improved Flexibility
Finally, climbing rocks is a great way to make your body more flexible. Even if you are climbing in an indoor facility, you can make each session as easy or as complex as you want it to be. By challenging your body a little, you will be able to make your arms, legs and even hips loosen up over a period of time. If you are unable to go outdoors to climb, sign up with a climbing gym that help work your muscles out just as hard.

Earth Treks 15th annual Ice Nite is coming in early December. Come meet Earth Treks’ Ice Climbing Guides and “dry tool” the climbing walls with ice tools. Read more here>

Hook your way up climbing holds and take swings at synthetic ice as you make your ascent.  Learn more about Earth Treks’ popular Introduction to Ice Climbing Seminars in the famous Adirondacks of NY.

2013 Ice Nite Dates

  • Columbia: December 8, 6-8pm
  • Timonium: December 9, 7-9pm
  • Rockville: December 11, 7-9pm

Oh yeah and it’s all FREE!

To register for Ice Nite click HERE

FREE Members Only Clinics!- Check out the upcoming schedule for December!

FREE Members Only Clinics! Check out the upcoming schedule for December!

Member Clinics are FREE to Earth Treks’ annual members! Clinics marked with an asterisk ( * ) have a limited number of spaces available and pre-registration is recommended (required for some clinics). Call the gym to pre-register.

You can now view the Member Clinic schedule for each Climbing Center by going to the Member Clinics page!