How To Rope Climb
Before heading outdoors, it’s important to learn how to rope climb to reduce the risk of injury or complications while climbing. Learning how to rope climb is a great way to spend time outdoors. "Top rope climbing" is often the ideal choice for beginners because it is the safest option. Because the rope is always anchored and the rope is harnessed to the climber, if you should happen to slip, you will only fall a few feet before the rope catches you. There are a few key aspects of rope climbing you must master before heading to the great outdoors.
- Learn how to rope climb with proper anchoring. Proper anchoring is vital to reduce injuries while rope climbing. You need to learn the proper methods used to safely anchor a system on the top of a climbing route. This should be taught by a professional rope climber so you learn correctly.
- Learn how to rope climb with a proper belay anchor and safely belay. This is important for the climber's safety. Once a climber reaches his destination, you need to know how to correctly and safely get that climber back down on the ground. It is your responsibility to know how to keep that climber safe while they descend to the ground. For this reason, you should take professional lessons to keep everyone safe while rope climbing.
- Learn how to rope climb with proper rope management. Rope management means the ability to properly control the rope while climbing. This involves all the proper tying methods used for rope climbing, including the Figure 8 Follow Through Knot. While you can learn the knots out of a guide book, it’s best to have a professional check to make sure you are completing the knots correctly.
Before you begin rope climbing, it is important to learn not only the three things above, but also the safety procedures and precautions used while rope climbing. You need to make sure you have all the safety equipment needed to rope climb safely. Don’t take short cuts when it comes to safety. Make sure you follow all the procedures and use the best equipment when rope climbing. Check the Internet for local rope climbing instructors in your area for professional lessons.
Leading on One Rope or Two: ChockStone.org