“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.