Common Climbing Mistakes and How to Avert Them
Not all errors in climbing are life threatening — some may just spoil the entire climbing experience. It’s important that you learn from your mistakes. In climbing, futile experiences can be the foundation of good judgment. With this in mind, we’ve put together some of the most common climbing mistakes and ways to avoid them—in hopes of accelerating your journey toward being a safer, smarter climber.
Too Much Weight on Arms
Beginners usually rely on their arms too much while rock climbing. They do not realize that arms can pull the body up while legs continue to remain a dead weight. This eventually leaves your arms feeling exhausted which can be dangerous. Hence, always try and keep most of your weight concentrated on your legs.
Double-Checking Your Belay and Knots
Respect your gear. Getting the most suitable repairs and maintenance for your equipment is a must. For those who are belaying, the rope needs to be threaded perfectly through the belay device. Also, make sure that the carabiners in the system are locked. Double-check your knot, it needs to be fastened in an accurate manner.
Without a Head Gear
Helmets are a must for outdoor rock climbing! Traditional climbers wear helmets more often as compared to the beginners. Rock climbing can always be a risk. A climber can suffer severe head injuries and skull fracture in case of an accident. If a helmet can safeguard and mitigate a head injury, then why should not a climber always wear a helmet during his expedition! Consider all the risks before you make a fashion-centric decision of not wearing a helmet.
Beginners usually go for shoes that are slightly bigger. One of the most important things to remember while climbing is that climbing shoes shouldn’t have dead space. They need to be tight. In case they are not, you’ll keep moving your foot within the shoe which could make climbing uncomfortable and, sometimes, dangerous.
Maintaining a calculated balance is utmost important while climbing. An incorrectly balanced body tends to turn away from the rock, resulting in a dangerous hang or a possible fall.
You arrive at the rock spot and intend to be on top of it in no time. When you start climbing immediately, especially beginners, you start searching for the best moves to get ahead. This could drain your energy not allowing you to complete the task the way you wanted to. Do not race ahead. Be patient. It important for you to first become a better climber, and understand the risks. Only then, you will be able to evaluate your ability to mitigate the dangers.
Climbing Over Your Limit
Many new climbers will face the urge to climb beyond their limit considering that they’re proficient in roped climbing or have boulder at an indoor climbing gym. This could be due to pressure from fellow climbers or a novice who wants to show off their skills. But outdoor rock climbing is a lot different from indoor climbing walls. Such a scenario could lead to undesired aftermaths.
Do not try to clean the anchors while climbing when you have other climbers following you. You could injure the people behind you. Similarly, try and avoid following other climbers when they’re cleaning their route for safety reasons.
With the right equipment and lots of practice, you can have a wonderful climbing experience. By avoiding some of these mistakes, any climber, be it a professional or a beginner, could be prepared for a safe and stimulating climbing experience. To enjoy a climbing experience, please visit an Earth Treks Climbing Center.