How To Get Started In Rock Climbing

If you are planning to go indoor rock climbing for the first time or if you are just after some hints, this article will give you some great indoor rock climbing tips and techniques to assist in advancing your indoor climbing skills.

If you are serious about rock climbing then you need to undertake training. You’ll need to improve your fitness dramatically as indoor rock climbing requires exceptional strength in the upper, lower and mid-body sections.

Therefore you should be working on weight training, aerobics, and endurance. Sounds tough and it is! But if you are serious about becoming a great indoor climber then you need to get serious about training. Even if indoor rock climbing is an occasional hobby for you, you’ll need to be quite fit so you’re not overly sore the next day after climbing.

Other tips for indoor rock climbing include:

Use good form when climbing. Consult an instructor to learn the basics about form. Perform stretching before and after climbing. You can also stretch in between climbing routines. Eat a diet that promotes strength and endurance. Carbohydrates and protein are important here. Carbs will give you short term energy and protein is essential for long term muscle growth and strength. Enhance your mental attitude

Mental clarity and attitude is a highly important yet often forgotten aspect of rock climbing. It is important that you are focused and positive about what you are doing. Especially if you are competing in events, you do not want nerves to get the better of you. Some people like meditation to improve mental attitude, however, even just conscious positive thinking can help.

You should also be aware of injury prevention and injury rehabilitation. Seek professional help if you have injured yourself and make sure you rest so as to recover quickly. NEVER push yourself to climb or train when seriously injured.

Rock Climbing Gear

If you are going to attempt indoor rock climbing then you’re going to need good indoor rock climbing gear. No one wants to be stuck 20 feet on a wall and have their equipment fail on them!

Fortunately, many climbing locations and centers allow you to hire gear. If however, you are a regular indoor climber or a little more serious about the sport, you will want to purchase your own gear so you can get a perfect fit and of course so you don’t have to share with other people.

There are several pieces of equipment you will need for indoor rock climbing. These include:

  • Rock climbing shoes
  • Climbing harness
  • Carabiners
  • Quickdraws
  • Climbing holds
  • Climbing helmet

The above list can add up to quite an expensive kit. You do not have to purchase every bit of equipment. For example, you may just like to have your own indoor rock climbing shoes and choose to hire the rest of the equipment at the climbing center. This is what many climbers do.

Also, many centers include the cost of most equipment in the price you pay to use their facility. You should not have had to pay extra for ropes, harnesses etc as this is basic safety gear.

When choosing shoes you should look at the material and comfort of the shoe. You want something flexible yet sturdy. Climbing and outdoor stores such as REI specialize in these shoes so do not go looking in regular shoe shops!

Joshua Hicks