How To Climb Walls
Learning how to climb walls is a different and interesting avenue of exercise. If you are a first time climber most trainers will require you start off with indoor climbing inside of a local gym. This way you are more familiar with the gear and equipment that is needed once your climbing skills become better. Indoor climbing is usually done with a partner. The following gear is needed when you learn how to climb for the first time.
- Climbing shoes
- Belay Device
- Wear climbing gear, specifically, climbing shoes. They should fit nicely on your feet and toes. Professionals usually do not wear these shoes with socks, but gauge how you feel the first time you try these specific type of shoes on.
- Step into the leg loops of the harness and pull it up to your waist above your hips. Move the force to your pelvis instead of your waist. The harness should also fit snug. Put straps through the buckle and then double it back twice to make sure it's secure and that it won't come undone. Now the strap ends should extend no less than 2 inches beyond the buckle. For safety reasons, have a gym employee check your harness to make sure its secure.
- Clip the belay device to one of the gear loops along the same exact side of your harness. Now you're ready to begin climbing. You will be the climber and your partner will be the belayer. Belaying is the basis of climbing. Place your feet one in front of the other. With both hands, hold onto the rope. This gives you balance and safety, in case you fall. Use your upper body strength to continue pulling on the rope. The belayer allows the person to fall without hitting the ground. This method should become easier and easier once you've practiced more and more.