What is it?
Rock climbing with ropes can be done indoors or outdoors and usually involves two people, but it can be done in a group.
In indoor climbing, the person climbing follows a series of holds or grips, each coloured to a corresponding level of difficulty. The climber is tied to a rope that is controlled by another person, preventing injury should the climber fall. Controlling the rope is called belaying and the person doing this is called the belayer.
Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that is performed without the use of ropes. Instead, you climb only a few metres off the ground with crash pads beneath.
Why is it good for me?
- It’s a very social activity and can be enjoyed by groups of friends and families with children
- It offers personal challenges, and can also provide many exercise benefits
- Improves cardiovascular health, tones muscles and helps weight loss
- Outdoor climbing is a great way to get outside and enjoy nature
How much does it cost?
Taking a climbing lesson from a well-versed professional is the safest way to begin rock climbing. The price of a lesson depends on its format and its location, so go ahead and enquire at your local climbing centre. The lesson price usually includes all of the necessary climbing equipment. Some climbing walls and many professional instructors offer instruction for those who want to make the transition from indoors to outdoors.
What equipment do I need?
Your instructor will be able to advise you on the things you’ll need, but most climbing centres should be able to provide equipment such as:
- Ropes, harnesses and karabiners