6 Types of Climbing Activities

6 Types of Climbing Activities

Climbing has become an increasingly popular activity, both as an adventure sport and as a way to stay fit. Adventure-lovers find climbing to be a great way to have fun and stay in shape, as well.

There are varied types of climbing, with some requiring the use of rope, while others can be practiced without it. Some types of climbing may be classified as indoor sports, but most of the others fall into the category of outdoor sports. Some of the types of climbing are described below:

Traditional Rock Climbing

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This is the most common type of climbing activity. It may be done indoors, as well as outdoors, with the help of ropes and harnesses. Two or more people climb the rocks together, supporting each other, and controlling the rope. In traditional rock climbing, the climber carries wedges, nuts and other forms of protection. He fixes these tools into the cracks of the rocks to get a firm grip. Traditional climbing helps in building strong arms and shoulders.

Sport Climbing

Sport climbing is similar to traditional climbing. In this variation of the activity, a climber does not have to carry protective tools. The pieces are already permanently fixed along the rocks. Thus, this type of climbing is cheaper, quicker, and safer, as compared to traditional rock climbing. This activity helps to build strong thigh muscles and enhances flexibility.

Free-Solo Climbing

Free-solo climbing is like sport rock climbing, but is practiced without ropes. The climber relies primarily on skills and uses minimal equipment. This activity is only suitable for individuals with high levels of physical and mental fitness, and with adequate training and expertise in outdoor climbing. Free-solo climbing helps to conquer fear and boosts self-esteem and confidence.

Bouldering

Bouldering is a climbing activity, performed without ropes. It is practiced on a small or indoor wall, typically at a height of about 10 feet. Bouldering may also be done on the sides of buildings or chimneys. This sports activity requires proper navigation, judgment, and good stamina. Practicing bouldering helps to build focus and improves your mental strength.

Ice Climbing

UntitledIce climbing is an activity in which a climber climbs along a frozen waterfall or glacier, instead of on rocks. Climbers carry special tools meant for ice, instead of the standard nuts and wedges. Warm clothing and mountain boots are other items that the climber needs to have. The screwing of ice needs to be done very carefully. This increases the difficulty. Ice climbing is a way where a climber challenges himself to boost his inner strength and climbing skills. Check out our Ice Climbing Courses today!

Indoor Climbing

In this type, the climber climbs on a plywood or concrete wall. This practice is most suitable for beginners. It helps them develop their skills and allows you to practice handholds and footholds. Participants do not need to worry about safety, as the height is limited to the ceiling and as these sessions are practiced in a controlled environment there are no concerns about the weather. Indoor climbing boosts the heart rate and helps to burn calories.

All of the climbing activities offer multiple health benefits and can help in boosting strength and energy levels.

Tips to Improve Your Bouldering Techniques

Tips to Improve Your Bouldering Techniques

Feel the adrenaline rush while embracing the bare rocks as you climb your way up on the boulders. Bouldering is climbing up mountains or boulders with basic climbing equipment. It is considered the rawest form of adventure sports and also one of the most challenging ones. Here are some tips to improve your bouldering techniques:

 

Start with Warm Up 

One important task to be done irrespective of whether you are an amateur or an experienced climber before you start climbing is to warm up. It will enable you climb with ease and avoid any injuries.Get your pulse rate higher by jogging or cycling to get your blood circulating throughout your body before boulder climbing. Then stretch well to loosen each and every joint and muscle of your body. A good warm up session will help you climb at your best and try out new routes without hurting yourself.

 

Improve Mental Skills 

To make your climb easy and successful, experts suggest that one should mentally plan the route and the problems in head. Looking at the hold and planning a sequence in advance will help you in decide what moves and bouldering techniques you could use. Trying to figure out a sequence while climbing can drain you off your energy and time.

 

Know a Variety of Moves and Tactics

Do your homework and learn the moves and tactics for different handholds and edges. Keep in mind your strengths and weakness to know which technique suits you the best and lets you climb easily. Using the same moves will make your body wear out quickly while rock climbing.Get Creative – Creating your own route or problems is a great way to improve your rock climbing skills. This is especially helpful when you have a limited number of options for climbing. The same climb each time will make you habitual to only certain moves, hence, limiting your skills as a climber. To overcome this, you can always create you own set of problems using the edges and holds of the existing set to help you widen your abilities.

 

Observe Other Climbers

 Observing other climbers is very beneficial especially when they are climbing routes that you find difficult. This will help you look at the problem from a different perspective and help you do it better. You can also learn various moves and tactics too while watching others climb. It is the key especially when you are still a part of the bouldering training session. Observation is a good exercise for beginners as well as the pros to sharpen their skills and get better at climbing.

 

Follow these tips to have a satisfying climb. Try out various walls indoors and       outdoors to improve your climbing skills. However, make sure you follow all the    safety regulations to make bouldering a better experience for you and everyone    around you.

Fundamentals of Boulder Climbing - Earth Treks Climbing

 

Breathing Techniques for Climbing

Breathing Techniques for Climbing

Breathing is an essential bodily function to survive and holds high importance while rock climbing. To breathe correctly plays an important role in rock climbing as it delivers the oxygen into your body that is required to keep up you metabolism processes. There are various breathing techniques and methods involved to help you have a pleasant rock climbing experience. It has psychological effects, like it helps you calm down and focus better with improved concentration.

Perform Deep Breathing before and after Every Climb

Breathing before climbing is warming up your lungs for the activity. This will also help you in determining a comfortable pace and rate that you can maintain even while climbing. Deep breathing before the climb assists you to calm your anxiety and keep your mind clear to plan the route.

Taking deep breaths after a climb will help your body cool down and regulate your heartbeats. This is the best way to relax your body especially after a strenuous rock climbing session.

Breathe to Relax while Climbing

 Learning to maintain a uniform pace of breathing is one of the most important breathing techniques. Remember to find your breath after each and every move to ensure that your body has enough oxygen. Avoid looking up or down and breathe, focusing at a point right in front of you to keep the anxiety at bay.

Make Smart Movements while Climbing

 A steady pace of breathing will help you improve your climbing technique. It will make your moves and climb smoother and easier. So make sure you plan your movements in such a way that it lets you find breath in between to keep you focused.

Breathing Techniques while Climbing - Earth Treks Climbing

Maintain Rhythm and Momentum

 Often climbers tend to hold their breath while facing a problem rather than breathing steadily. It is very important to maintain the same rhythm of breathing when you climb so that your body is not deprived of oxygen. Regular supply of oxygen will also ensure that you have sufficient energy to complete the rock climbing. 

 Change Speed Based on Difficulty

 A climber often changes the speed of climbing and breathing according to the problem. You might go faster in the easy areas and may move slow while forgetting to breathe across difficult holds and edges. It is crucial that you find your pace before you make any movement. It is advised to inhale and focus on the hold while planning, and exhale when executing the move. The best time to practice breathing at different pace to find a comfortable rhythm is while warming up.

Your rock climbing experience can be more pleasant if you learn breathing techniques and remember to perform them. Finding your right pace of breathing will take some time but you will get it eventually and get better with practice.

Additional Open Climb Dates

Additional Open Climb Sessions! No reservations needed, it’s perfect for all ages, and no experience is necessary.

Open Climb is a great way to come in and tryout climbing! Due to upcoming school closures and holidays, we are offering additional Open Climb Sessions for the following dates:

Columbia

Date Time
March 29th thru April 2nd, 2010 for Spring Break 12:00pm – 4:00 pm
Monday, April 5-9th, 2010 12:00pm – 4:00 pm
Friday, May 14th, 2010 12:00pm – 4:00 pm
Monday, May 31st, 2010 12:00pm – 4:00 pm

Timonium

Date Time
March 29th thru April 2nd, 2010 for Spring Break 12:00pm – 4:00 pm
Monday, April 5th, 2010 12:00pm – 4:00 pm
Monday, May 31st, 2010 12:00pm – 4:00 pm

Rockville

Date Time
March 28th thru April 2nd, 2010 for Spring Break 12:00pm – 4:00 pm
Monday, May 31st, 2010 12:00pm – 4:00 pm

*If you have any questions regarding the additional Open Climb sessions, please call your local gym.