Climbing is Something You Can Do

November 25, 2023
David Sunnyside

There are few things that match the sense of accomplishment you get after summiting a mountain. You don't need to be the world's best climber or most accomplished adventurer, however, to conquer some of the highest peaks on the planet.

Climbing requires strength and control, but it also calls for finesse, and learning basic movement skills and body positioning can help you solve these vertical puzzles. Whether you join a rock-climbing gym or hire a guide to take you out on the wall, you will learn how to evaluate equipment and use commands to communicate with your belay partner.

You will also learn how to set up and use the system of safety ropes and harnesses that climbers depend on to keep them safe as they ascend a cliff. You'll also be taught how to properly check the belay device for safety and efficiency, as well as how to use a fall arrest system that will catch you if you fall.

When you're new to climbing, it's tempting to stay in your comfort zone and only climb routes that feel easy to you. That might be fine for a day or two, but avoiding climbing styles that are difficult or scary will limit your growth as a climber. Instead, make a point to work your weaknesses and try routes that will push you beyond what you think you can do. This might feel uncomfortable at first, but it's part of what makes climbing so rewarding.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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