Climbing is one of the toughest and most risky sports one can opt for. While the activity itself brings an amazing dopamine rush in the brain which makes the entire experience enthralling and makes us crave more, unless you are in the gym with rubber mattresses or climbing an artificial wall or such area with harness and other support, one misstep or a split second of carelessness may result in you falling off from a high point (if you are able to reach it in the first place).
Therefore, as many experts in every field say, practice a lot, get better over time and have a long-term picture. No one becomes good at something overnight, be it a physical or intellectual, right guidance is necessary for every field until one finally reaches that tipping point after which one can begin to push himself or herself to the highest echelons of their respective. Therefore, this article contains a few pieces of advice given by experts throughout the years that may help in achieving your desired goals of climbing.
It is important that one starts their practice for climbing huge vertical walls with much lower intensity and protection by climbing artificial walls with rubber holds in the gym or in the park. It is said that in order to gain expertise in any given field, one has to at least practice their chosen profession for 10,000 hours. Yes, the number is huge. But, the number is not fixed too. It can even be 12,000 or 8,000 hours. The point being, a lot of practice. After starting my climbing the walls in the gym, one can move on to different terrains of comfortable heights. For this, first, consult an experienced climber who can help you in relevant decision-making situations.
This is an obvious one. Of course, the very act of climbing is physically demanding, but the point is that once you master a certain height of the terrain, you push yourself a bit more and try harder walls wherever you can find them. Slowly but surely, your body will adapt to the new conditions and soon enough, in 5-10 attempts you might master that one too. Then, take the next step. Then, you know the drill. This is how you get better at climbing.
Try Different Kinds Of Rocks:
To elaborate the above point more vividly and with a little bit of nuance, you should regularly try different types of rocks while climbing. Having variety allows you to use different body movements. This helps in holding more frequently. and using them more frequently eventually becomes a habit. For example, trying different rocks such as limestone, granite or volcanic rocks.
Try Different Disciplines:
Last but not least. Try on different disciplines of climbing. They are categorized into 3 different categories, namely bouldering, trad, and sport. Each of them brings different challenges of their own. So, for example, you can try different types of walls in different gyms across your city if you’ve mastered the walls in your gym, or if you have been doing such inward climbing for a good amount of time now, try going outside. This will enable you to help learn different techniques and have fun through the different varieties it will present.
Like any other sport, this too has lots of nuances that can be learned only by doing. Not everything can be articulated, and even if it can be, all the fun and challenge is in doing it. Therefore, now that you’ve read the article, start climbing!