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The mental and physical aspects of rock climbing

The Mental and Physical Aspects of Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is a physically challenging sport. It is as much of a mental challenge as it is a physical challenge. A rock climber is always facing difficulties during a climb and has to co-ordinate his mind and body to overcome such obstacles. Rock climbers need to be task oriented. They have to work use maximum of their physical and psychological abilities to overcome the task ahead of them.

To rock climb is no easy task even though rock climbers make it look simple. While rock climbing the whole world seems to be against you and at times even your mind. The gravity force keeps pulling your body down making the climb hard. The time also is a major factor. More the time taken to climb, the more fatigue and more harder the climb becomes. Even the weather can be a big challenge, mentally and physically. Well, a good climber with a good physique needs to have strong will power to overcome the hurdles faced while rock climbing.

One needs to prepare the body well in advance for a climb. Days of practice and endurance training need to be put in before going for a climb. A rock climber needs to work on the biceps, abdomen, quadriceps and almost every other muscle in the body. While climbing, the rock climber may face contraction in the muscles this is mostly in the arms. A rock climber needs to have strong forearms. Another important physical aspect of rock climbing is the ability to have control over ones energy. The rock climbers need to control their energy and preserve it for the next step. In other words, every time a climber places a foot on the rock, he needs to use minimum energy to complete the climb. The climber needs to control how slow or how fast to move. One needs to decide the amount of energy to be spent for every movement made while rock climbing.

Weather also plays an important role during a rock climb. The weather does not only affect the body of a rock climber, but it can psychologically assist or break the climber. A nice pleasant weather will always be welcomed by the climbers. On the other hand, unpleasant conditions could break the morale of a climber. A climbers mind is working in all different directions at the same time. A good climber needs to focus on the task at hand. Concentration levels while rock climbing need to be extremely high. A rock climber has to pay attention to the footholds, the rope, gear, knots and minimize the stress on the body. This is achieved by applying various tactics at every step of the climb. In case of a problem a rock climber needs to keep cool and find a quick and suitable solution.

Rock climbing is not merely a sport. It is an endurance activity that tests the physical and psychological aspect of the climber at every step of the climb. A climber has to have strong will power and should be able to control the physical and mental strength.

Different types of rock climbing instruction

Different Types of Rock Climbing Instruction

If you have never been rock-climbing before, it is a good idea to get some rock-climbing instruction before you attempt anything crazy. There is much to learn about rock-climbing, and it can be a dangerous sport. It is in your best interest to get some rock-climbing instruction.

You can get rock-climbing instruction from qualified instructors at a climbing gym, a rock-climbing club, or a rock-climbing package that includes some rock-climbing instruction as well.

You will begin with a basic rock-climbing instruction where you will learn about the fun, but more especially, the safety procedures that are involved in the sport of rock-climbing. This class will cover the essentials for climbing steep rocks safely. The basic rock-climbing instruction class is valuable for those who want to pursue mountaineering. You will learn about knots, anchoring, belaying, communication signals, climbing techniques including rappelling and the rating system. These rock-climbing instruction classes are usually taught on a low-angle, moderate rock good for those just beginning.

The next phase of rock-climbing instruction is where you complete a series of climbs with a wider range of more challenging climbing techniques. You will learn the subtleties of edging and smearing. These techniques are used in face climbing. With this type of rock-climbing instruction, you will learn about jamming and liebacking, which is used in crack climbing. You may also be introduced to anchoring basics using nuts and camming devices in this type of rock-climbing instruction.

You can learn rescue basics when you take rock-climbing instruction too. This rock-climbing instruction will give you the tools you need to get you or your climbing partner out of some tough situations you may find yourself in, using just the gear you would normally have with you. You will learn how to retreat from a route, rappelling safeguards, how to tie-off a climber who has fallen and how to escape a loaded belay. You may also learn rope-ascending techniques called prussiking, and you will learn basic lowering and raising techniques when you take this type of rock-climbing instruction class.

You can take many other kinds of rock-climbing instruction classes. You will never be done learning all the techniques and moves it takes to be a great rock-climber, but taking a rock-climbing instruction class will certainly get you closer to that goal.

Surfing: seas, surfs & an experience

Surfing: Seas, Surfs & an Experience

Surfing is an amazing adventure sport. This is not the sport for everybody, but for the people who can handle the thick waves of the beach. The surfboard can be of any size – from less than three feet surfboards to 11 ft surfboards are available today. However, the size of the surfboard is no match to the skill and technique of the surfers. To stay afloat over the tides is the one important thing of surfing. Being able to catch the right tide (or wave), engaging at the right moment, staying at the right position and staying cleared of barriers like reefs or floating materials, etc are all desirable surfing skills.

It is not just about riding a wave, but also executing various manoeuvres. A good surfer is made only when he or she is able to catch the difficult waves, staying clear of dangers and performing tricks before finishing the ride. Not being hit by the wave. Tube riding is the dream of all surfers. It is about riding inside the wave, without the wave touching you down. It is quite amusing to see the wave curling over you and you are moving ahead of the wave, without letting the wave strike you down. It is the most difficult thing to achieve in surfing.

Turning and carving, cutback, off the lip, floater, etc are some skills surfers will be achieving pretty quickly. These skills are not learned from the land. You can learn these only after you get in the water, riding the waves. You can also get surfing lessons from experienced surfers, who will give you one-on-one lessons.

Not all the beaches and surf breaks are ideal for beginners. Only experienced surfers can attempt the risky surfs. The training is given only at areas of consistent wave activity and winds. Otherwise, it will become difficult. After getting the lessons at breaks that have more or less stable surfing conditions, you can go to more challenging areas.

Once you get into the groove, it is one great passion. You will enjoy the surfing so much and you will be willing to experiment with various types of surfboards, techniques and locations. Some surfers are so passionate about the local surf breaks, that they don’t let tourists in and even threaten physical assault, when their territory is violated. Not all locations are like that and you can see surf breaks around the world, where you get warm welcome.

The safety guidelines to all kinds of water sports apply to surfing too. You need to be able to manage the tides without the board and you should be careful not to go near rocks, reefs or dangerous creatures like jelly fish, sharks, etc.

You get into surfing for once and you can experience the all consuming passion associated with the sport. Beach holidays or vacations can also include surfing as an option – although not all beaches for suited for surfing. OK, if you have this passion to surfing, it is good time you have, with your riding at great speeds over the waves.