The first step in climbing work is always to mount your rock climbing gear such as an ATC belay device, a couple of ropes, or fixed protection (if you have one). With the belay device strapped to your harness (if you’re using a static harness), it’s time to climb.
Climbing work on steep wall climbs isn’t going to be a walk in the park. It takes much practice to get good at climbing and it’s not just your physical strength that needs work, but also your mental focus. Once you’re ready to climb, you have to keep your mind focused you will be on the ground when you fall.
Most climbers have a common mistake when climbing – they fall asleep on the rope or don’t stop short of clipping in the belay. Because of this, they sleep for the rest of the time climbing. This often leads to them dropping a lot of anchor points. The reason for this is that the ropes are damp and not as comfortable as before, so it’s hard to tell where the anchor is.
This is worth noting because once you fall asleep or stop short of clipping in the belay, you’re putting yourself at great risk. If you fall, the top rope is likely to catch you, or the fall could literally kill you.
When working on the top of a wall, even if you fall, you still have a great advantage over most other climbers. First, because of the way you can work it without protection. Second, you’ve got all the safety features that protect you when working on a new route.
For example, a top-rope belay can stop you from getting hung up with a block in your hands (i.e. “being stuck”), or it can prevent you from falling the final two feet to the ground.
Third, when working on steep rock, you’re not using your legs to balance yourself. What happens is you start your climbing work by extending your arms. Your hands don’t need to move far at all to climb – so when you drop off the top of a climb, you can fall on your feet, giving yourself some much-needed protection while the rope stops you from hitting the ground.
Some Safety Factors To Consider
Falling from a fall line is a major safety factor in top-roping. You don’t want to fall because you misjudge a slip, or because you jumped because you didn’t properly adjust yourself on the stop line. Either way, you’re at risk.
You’re also doing work on a steep rock by protecting your body. If you don’t have top rope protection, you’re going to have to work harder, which adds an element of focus, but also of anticipation – waiting to find the next route and avoiding bad moves in the middle of your work.
Sixth, when you are working, you are watching the wall and following the movement. Sometimes, a climber can be distracted by his surroundings, but if you are working, you can still keep an eye on your work and be alert to falling hazards and where the anchor will fall.
Bonus Tips For You
Lastly, if you are working on steep rock, you’re not walking around on top of it like a crab, waiting for the next hold to appear. Even if you’re top-roping, there are still forces that you have to deal with. You can’t just clamber around like a duck on a tire, and you also have to make sure you’re not grabbing the wrong hold on the next route!
Whether you’re top-roping or static top-roping, the concept of climbing work applies to you no matter what type of climbing you’re doing. The only difference is that while top-roping, you have little time to focus on your work and don’t have the same problems, so you have to remember to maintain your focus if you’re working with static routes and keep your attention focused on your work if you’re top-roping.