The Basics of Rock Wall Climbing

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Rock wall climbing is defined as successfully solving a complex problem on the face of the wall and is useful on so many different levels. It is a sport which foster sequencing, problem solving, and gross/fine motor skills which are then translated into everyday productive activities. Not only is this sport fun (which parents enjoy about their children’s participation) but it also develops physical strength and builds self-confidence.

Rock wall climbing is performed in gyms, indoors or outdoors. The sport has its roots in traditional rock climbing. Rock Wall Climbing began at Dartmouth College and has spread to over thirty countries and six continents. The actual sport of climbing is much more than just the physical challenge; it is also an intellectual challenge because the sport requires problem solving skills which can then be applied to real-life situations.

An Overview

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The typical rock climbing wall is composed of two sections of fixed ropes, or holds, which are connected by a handhold. This holds are used to climb the wall. Climb leaders are players who are responsible for placing the holds and belaying the rope when the climber needs help.

Rock wall climbing has been a competitive sport since the beginning. In recent years, the sport has become recreational and is more popular with younger people. Many indoor climbing walls feature padded holds and detailed graphics, whereas outdoor walls are made of concrete and rock. Some outdoor walls are constructed from multiple types of materials including wood and boulders.

Rock Climbing Basics


To build a rock wall climb, most often a two-by-fours and chalk boards are required. It is possible to build the walls at home, but professional help can give it the professional look and feel. Construction materials should include large chunks of wood and large sheets of plywood to secure the holds. Various types of ladders are also used, such as traditional flat ladders, but there are many DIY models available that cost less than a dollar.

Climbers use various kinds of holds to scale the wall. Most climbers prefer single-arm holds that are secured to the wall with small pieces of wood or foam. Holds may also be secured with metal fittings or screws and bolts. Climbers also use multi-system holds that are composed of several smaller holds attached to one large hold. Other climbers prefer to make use of dynos that use a pulley system. dynos require attaching the top rail to the base board, then to the top and bottom rails of the demo, allowing the climber to balance the hold between the two rails.

There are two kinds of rock climbing: aid climbing and free climbing. Free climbing is when you use all the natural features of the wall to make your way up. This kind of climbing usually requires a lot of strength and courage. However, some experts believe that free climbing can save life. Rock climbers use ropes and harnesses to help them tie in, tie out and to secure their harnesses. They use special belay devices to attach their ropes to the walls, while others use protection devices, such as helmets, to keep rocks or other things from hitting them.

In The End

Rock climbing is safe as long as you follow certain safety precautions, such as wearing helmets and taking extra care when setting off any of the anchors. In indoor rock walls, it is important to pay close attention to the R’s and I’m of the climbing equipment. These include the unit, the size, the diameter and the material. Rock climbing is fun and adventurous, but extreme caution is still required when doing it indoors.

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