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How can I learn to rock climbing?
Are you ready to go climbing? It’s easier to get started climbing than you might think, especially if you live in a city with an indoor climbing gym or wall. If you’ve never climbed before, a trip to the local gym with a friend is your best introduction to basic climbing movements, gear, and skills. Most gyms can outfit you with rental climbing shoes, a harness, and a belay device and then give you lessons in how to safely belay and climb. Just remember that the indoor climbing experience is very different from outdoor climbing, which requires an entirely different competency and skills for a safe experience. For Outdoor rock climbing just take a course or hire a guide. Our rock climbing instructor will help get you started. Just send us your booking via our booking form and we will guide you from there.
Do I have to be strong to go rock climbing?
“I’m not strong enough to go rock climbing” is one of the biggest myths about climbing. The truth is that you don’t have to be super strong, work out lifting weights at the gym every day, have bulging biceps and fingers of steel, or have buckets of courage to be a good rock climber. Just go and have fun!
Do I need a strong upper body to climb?
Rock climbing well requires many things. Upper body strength certainly helps, but is by no means a requirement. Far more important are strong legs, flexibility and technique. Not having a strong upper body will not prevent you from climbing well and you will begin to see improvements rapidly. Many newcomers are surprised and delighted to discover that climbing is very much a mental sport. The best climbers tend to study a route and visualize the movement and climbing sequence before moving a muscle. Patience, thoughtfulness and positive attitude are all richly rewarded.
What is Rock Climbing?
Rock Climbing is simply the activity of using your hands and feet to surmount a steep obstacle such as an artificial wall, boulder, cliff, or mountain. Usually done for recreational enjoyment, fun, and sport, climbing allows you to fully experience the great outdoors by giving you eagle-eye views from lofty summits, pushing both your physical fitness and mental health, and offering you a way to confront and control a couple of our greatest human fears—that of falling and that of heights. Climbing is a risky sport that requires both skill and nerve for success. Climbing tools and equipment such as ropes, harnesses, carabiners, cams, and helmets are all used to lessen the risks of climbing and gravity.
What Climbing Equipment Do I Need?
You need a climbing shoes on your feet. The shoes should be snug on your feet and toes, but not tight. Most people rarely wear socks in their shoes so the fit is tighter and you can feel the rock better, but you may want to wear socks and decide later what feels right for you. If your gym / lesson doesn’t rent shoes, then bring a pair of snug running shoes, which will work fine on the easier climbs.

In a nutshell, you should get the shoes that fit you best, both in terms of physical fit and fit to your climbing style (see styles below). Climbing shoes are not like regular street shoes or sneakers. There is a certain precision necessary to get the right pair of shoes. A lot of people agree that it is essential to try on the shoes before you buy them. You’ll hear opinions about shoe fit ranging from “Painfully tight!” to “Comfort rules!” However, those people are arguing a moot point. The way a shoe should fit is often specific to the model of shoe. In general, shoes with liners stretch the least, un-lined leather shoes stretch the most and synthetics fall somewhere in between. But there’s a lot more to it than that! Research your shoes by contacting manufacturers. Attending shoe demos is also a good idea. Climbing gyms are all about those.

Some points to keep in mind:

•  Where will you climb most and what style of climbing is it? Steep? Cracks? Slabs? Indoor?
•  Every shoe maker has shoes for every style of climbing. Contact manufacturers (or visit their websites) and find out what they recommend for    what you want to climb.
•  Lace-ups: Allow the most precision fit in a shoe. Lace-ups are the all around closure systems. They are relatively slow to get on and off, leading    some to not want to use them for bouldering and difficult sport routes.
•  Hook and loop: Fast to get on and off, making them a good choice for bouldering. They offer slightly less customization in the fit than lace-ups.    The closure itself may also be obtrusive to foot jamming in crack climbing. In general, many people feel they’re a good combination between    lace-ups and…
•  Slippers: No laces or closure system. Slippers can sometimes be difficult to get into and out of, due to their snug fit. The shoes themselves tend    to be very flexible and sensitive. A good choice for those with strong feet.

How old do I need to be able to rock climb?
It's more a matter of size and temperament than age. Kids as small as 4 years old can usually fit into a harness. Whether they'll have the focus is another matter. At this age though it's best for parents to learn to belay since you know your children best. We begin to teach climbers how to belay (technique used to hold the rope for another climber) at age 14.
Is rock climbing a good workout?
Rock Climbing is one of the best workouts around! You will build strength and flexibility while burning calories. You are only pulling and pushing your own body weight, making strength gains natural and healthy. And it’s easy to stay motivated because it's so much fun!
What and how should I wear for Rock Climbing sports?
Comfortable clothing that does not inhibit movement. Remember, your clothes need to fit under a snug harness. Tights, sweats, long shorts, T-shirts, tank tops and sports bras all work great. Jeans aren't a good idea either, they tend to greatly inhibit free leg movement. Jewelry and watches should be avoided! Rings and watches can take a real beating. They get scratched on the wall and can catch on things. If you have long hair it's best to tie it up or into a ponytail.
Is rock climbing safe?
Since there's the possibility of falling, or being dropped by your belayer, the answer can only be "NO". Skiing is also dangerous. You can hit a patch of ice and slam into a tree going 25 mph. Surfing is dangerous as well. You can be knocked unconscious by your board and drown. Similar considerations apply to all such active sports. They all entail risks that can never be fully controlled. The best defense against these shortcomings is training and education. We take pride in our quality instructions. We administer a stringent belay test where skills must be demonstrated. But you must still make the decision to climb and accept personal responsibility for your own safety.
How Can I Rock Climb if I’m Afraid of Heights?
“I’m afraid of heights” is one of the most common fears encountered by climbers, especially beginners. The fear of heights and high places is a natural human fear. We’re hard-wired to be afraid of heights for self-preservation. We instinctively know that if we fall from a high place that the result is not going to be good. That fear of heights, however, keeps you alive when you’re climbing.

Understand the Safety System

Overcoming a fear of heights is one of the biggest climbing challenges for lots of people. Often times that fear comes from an ignorance of the climbing safety system. Once you understand that every precaution we take as climbers, including tying into the rope, clipping the rope to anchors in the rock, and using belay devices to hold the rope and safeguard a climber, is to protect you from the dire consequences of falling then the novice climber is able to begin to let go of that fear of heights.

Steps by steps

Take baby steps if you are afraid of heights when you’re rock climbing. Check your tie-in knot, usually the figure-8 follow-through knot, and make sure it’s tied correctly. Check your top-rope anchor using the acronym SECURE to make sure it’s safe and sturdy. Check your belayer to make sure that the rope is loaded correctly through the belay device and that he is alert and watching you. Then let go of that fear and start climbing.

Build Tolerance by Climbing Higher

You can build a tolerance for heights by climbing only as high as you feel comfortable. If you are afraid of heights, try to climb higher each time that you go climbing. That way you learn that you’re safe whether you’re 50 feet or 500 feet above the ground. Just remember, however, that you are the boss of you. If you get afraid because you feel that you’re too high up, then ask your belayer to lower you back to the ground.

What happens if there is bad weather?
Lightning: In the event of a locally severe lightning storm, activities may stop or wait for rain stop. Activities may be delayed if a storm is occuring at the activities area. Outdoor rock climbing sports are very weather dependant sport. If the rain keep continue and activities may be cancelled or postpone to a later date. In the case of the activities cancellation, participants are offered the option to reschedule or receive a full refund.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept CASH payment as well as cheque prior to your activities date. Credit and Debit cards are done in the PayPal via our website.
What does the package rate cover?
Brief of safety and theory of rock climbing and belaying. Rental of climbing equipmet except climbing shoes, qualified and experience climbing instructors.

 

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