Have you ever gone rock climbing? I have. I prepared for it by doing wall climbs, but they are definitely not the same. It can be scary but it feels exhilarating, too. It gives you an unbelievable sense of accomplishment once you are up there.
Rock climbing has long since been a popular activity among extreme adventure enthusiasts. It takes your love of the great outdoors to a whole new exciting and challenging level. It’s the kind of activity that can really push you both mentally and physically, and be incredibly addictive at the same time.
If you’re a first-time rock climber who is gearing up for your first trip, there’s no doubt you’re filled with a mixture of excitement and some fear. And while there’s nothing wrong with a little fear, as it can force you to take things seriously and be well-prepared, at the same time, there are some tips you can use to help ensure the first climb is memorable and successful. So let’s take a closer look.
Invest in a High-Quality Climbing Harness
As you gather your gear and all the items you’ll be packing, a good climbing harness is a must. This is the item you don’t want to cut corners on; rather, you should pick something that is built exceptionally well. Your climbing harness is what will ensure you are safe and comfortable during your adventure, and at the same time, it makes things a whole lot more convenient.
Some of the key features you’ll want to look into including the number of gear loops it has, the weight allowance, what style of leg loops it has, the brand, and the price point. It can also be helpful to read reviews from more experienced climbers, just to give you an overall picture.
Ensure You Pick an Ideal Weather Day
As a beginner climber, you will have enough challenges to contend with that don’t include inclement weather. You want to be sure you pick an ideal weather day for that first climb. That means a day that is dry and isn’t too hot or cold.
Choose Your Climbing Route Wisely
It’s also important to choose your climbing route wisely. As a first-time climber, it wouldn’t be wise to pick an expert-level route. Instead, pick something that matches your skill level, and you can build from there.
Go with a Buddy
Rock climbing is an excellent solo sport, but when you’re going for your first time, it is definitely best to go with someone, one that is more experienced than you.
A climbing buddy can offer you advice, help, and tips along the way. It is also nice to have a little company with you.
Leave Your Plans with a Friend or Family Member
Of course, you never want to think about an emergency or accident happening, but at the same time, you should be prepared. So this means leaving your plans, which is your route itinerary, with a friend or family member at home.
It’s similar to when you travel; you should always have someone know where you go as a safety measure. At least if you find yourself in an emergency situation where you need help, there is someone who can direct the emergency response team to you.
Know What to Do in Case of Emergencies
Speaking of emergencies, you also need to know what to do should one occur. You need to know what you’ll do if you get a skin injury, a bone injury, if you encounter overwhelming weather, a rock that breaks or falls from above (which is why people wear helmets), and even the potential wildlife dangers you may encounter in the woods.
The final tip is to ensure you don’t over-pack your backpack so that it becomes too heavy and cumbersome. It should contain only the necessities, and be as lightweight as possible.
Rock climbing, as a first timer, looks intimidating, but with preparation and by following these tips, you will be well-prepared for the best adventure in your life.
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