This is a great exercise for the mind and body. It keeps you fit and relaxes you. You also get huge loads of fun from it. Whether you're a skilled rock climber or just a beginner, there are plenty of places you can go rock climbing. It also doesn't matter where you are, it can be done indoors or go for the great outdoors.
Rock Climbing Gyms
You need to find one, especially if you're a beginner. Rock climbing in itself is a pretty extreme sport. Your experience will be affected by the quality of climbing gym you choose. Select those ones that are highly rated, appeal to you and where the staff is friendly. Don’t forget to check out the quality of equipment.
Outdoor Rock Climbing
Rock climbing, on mountains, hills and canyons, is not like intense hiking. You're not going up a simple slope or wading through murky waters. In rock climbing, you'll end up going straight up a cliff, rock or wall. Why, you may even find yourself climbing at an angle inverted greater than 90˚. Here's another twist: there's no gear to assist you go up the rock. All that equipment and gear you have to support you so that you don't fall. Going up is all you.
This is basically rock climbing that has been stripped down to its bare, raw essentials. Forget about the ropes and harnesses. All you have are climbing shoes and a bag of chalk over a safety mat. The goal: to climb a route of bouldering challenges.
Your tools: strength, balance, technique and your brain.
Losing the ropes means that you are free to focus entirely on the climbing, and not on the equipment. Thrilling, right?
Because of its nature, this form of rock climbing is very social. There aren't any ropes to limit the number of people who can climb at a time, so you can get several people working at a challenge at a time. Also, because most safety procedures have been thrown out of the window, this rock climbing is usually done indoors. You can spice it up and make it a competition between you and your friends, to see who'll get to highest point.There's the outdoor bouldering, but this one comes with some extra gear like the crash pad that you'll need to carry on your back. And you'll need to go with a friend for outdoor bouldering.
Caring for your Body
Remember to take care of your body after the climb. Know your body's limit, and don't do hopping from one cliff to the next in excitement. Give yourself time to relax and fuel your body up.