How To Indoor Rock Climb
Do you want to know how to indoor rock climb? It used to be a seasonal sport. But with the advancement of new materials and construction methods, now you can rock climb year round, as more and more community centers and gyms are installing boulders and rock climbing facilities indoors.
To rock climb indoors, you will need:
- A harness.
- A helmet.
- A climbing partner.
- A pair of climbing shoes.
- A locking carabiner.
- A belay device.
The steps to indoor rock climb are:
- Find an indoor bouldering facility in your area. You can go online and get the location of the nearest rock climbing facility using the search engine for any map or directions database.
- Start doing some warm up. High muscular tension is usual when climbing. So start your climbing with a fifteen minute session of stretching, involving all major muscle groups and also finger and arm joints.
- Go from small to big. Don´t try to hit the most strenuous routes first. Both for physical and technical reasons, it´s always better to start with easier routes, and then hitting the big ones.
- Pay attention when putting your safety equipment on. Even though the environment inside a gym does not seem too frightening, a 25 feet fall is sure to hurt. So don´t get confused and pay close attention when putting on harnesses, helmets and tying yourself for protected climbing.
- Be gentle with your colleagues. The "leave no trace" policy is also good for the gym. Do not do to others what would anger you if done to you by others. This applies for noise, excessive chalk use or any other disorder.
- To actually start a climb, put some chalk on your fingers, and grab two handholds. Depending on how far are the holds, the difficulty will increase or decrease.
- Place each foot on a foothold. At this point you will find out whether your climbing shoes fit properly or not.
- Push yourself up mainly using your legs. Save your arms strength to remain as close to the wall as possible while moving upwards.
- Maintain three support points at all times. As you gain experience, you can try maneuvers that involve using only two or even one hold, but that´s not untill you get technically sound at climbing.
- Renew your hand chalk periodically. Excessive perspiration and worn holds will make you loose grip. This can be fought by using chalk several times.
Remember that even though there´s a feeling of safety just for being inside, there´s a danger content involved in any climbing activity, so be as careful as you would be outside and have fun.