Wall climbing as a sport has gained a lot of popularity over the years. The beauty of it is that it can be done both as an outdoor activity and as an indoor activity. However, it is not as easy as it sounds. You will in depth training before you can master the art of wall climbing. This article focuses on the basics of wail climbing that every beginner needs to know.
Choosing the perfect time to train climbing a wall is very important; especially if you are training outside. You have to evaluate weather condition first. Training is most suitable during summer when the sun is out and it is not too windy. You cannot train outside during winter or the rainy season.
It will be too hectic; you will also be predisposing yourself to diseases influenced by the weather. When the weather outside is not favorable, it is best to train indoors. Therefore, make sure you choose a training facility that offers both outside training and indoor training options.
Ideal sports wear
This is a very important aspect that cannot be overemphasized. You must obtain ideal gym or sportswear before you even start the training. Soft climbing shoes are very recommended since will allow you to have better grip on the wall.
Most of the training facilities have the climbing wear on a renting basis. You can still opt to hire a trainer at the gym. The advantage is the coach knows the best sports wear so you are guaranteed of getting the best.
Identify the Type of Climbing you are Interested in
As a beginner you need to start with the simplest type of wall climbing. Rope climbing is the best for beginners. It is easy and as a beginner you will be able to cover a lot of distance on the wall. Rope climbing can be done with a belay partner or auto- belay.
Bouldering is the most ideal for climbers with a bad head of heights. The walls are shorter and you are required to climb without ropes.
Learn how to handle the ropes
This is a very important skill that you will need to learn. In every training facility, there is a special class that focuses on the ropes. The class involves basics such as knowing how to tie the fisherman’s knot, how to use your dominant hand in the home base position and how to balance your weight on the wall.
Strengthening your body
Core strength and upper body strength are very important in wall climbing. You will need a lot of strength training to help your muscles adapt to wall climbing. When climbing, your arms should be straight and your legs bent. This will allow you to push yourself up using your lower body.
Wall climbing is a very easy technique once you master the basic skills. Besides, it is a fun outdoor activity too. Continuous practice and strength training will definitely make everything easier.