5 Tips For Better Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is one of the most challenging types of climbing you can do. Rock climbing requires a substantial amount of physical and mental endurance.

Mountain climbing is different than rock climbing. When you're mountain climbing, your climbing can be broken up with the occasional hike. When you're rock climbing, however, the breaks are minimal. If you're lucky, you'll find a small rock outcropping to stand on and catch your breath before you continue your rock climbing journey.

Rock climbing is an active sport that you can't learn from a book or an article. You have to see and experience the rock climbing techniques in order to learn them. Rock climbing mastery comes from practice and experience. Here are some tips to help you become better at rock climbing:

Join A Rock Climbing Gym

Rock climbing gyms are everywhere. Even in places that have no natural rock climbing nearby. These climbing gyms are great places to learn new skills. Many of them offer courses in different kinds of rock climbing to help you hone your skills.

You can also have one of the rock climbing instructors develop an exercise routing to develop the muscles you need for rock climbing. Rock climbing gyms are also a great way to meet people with the same interests as you. One of the best ways to become better at rock climbing is to go climbing with someone who's better than you and learn from them.

Buy Your Own Rock Climbing Equipment

If you're rock climbing in rental gear, you'll never reach your full climbing potential. Rental gear is generic and usually mediocre in quality. Rock climbing shoes in particular need to be fitted correctly for optimum climbing performance. If you're rock climbing in some else's used junk, your performance will suffer.

Use Your Legs When Rock Climbing

Now we're getting into actual rock climbing tips. When people start rock climbing, they tend to want to pull themselves up with their arms when climbing. That rock climbing strategy will tire you out quickly. Your arms are weak compared to your legs so let your legs do the bulk of the work when you're rock climbing. You should use your arms to stabilize yourself on the rock face.

You'll know if you're doing this right. When you use your arms too much on a rock climb, they'll be reduced to jelly the next day. You'll be lucky if you can lift your pillow.

If you're using your arms to pull yourself up a rock face, switching to your legs will instantly make you a better climber.

Stay Close To The Wall When Rock Climbing

Stay as close to the wall as you can when you're rock climbing. Try this the next time you're at the rock gym. First, get as close to the wall as possible and stand there for ten seconds. Next, hold on and lean out as for as you can and stay there for ten seconds. You'll notice the difference immediately.

The easiest way to stay close to the way is to climb using the inside of your feet rather than your toes. This tip takes a little getting used to, but it will reduce the amount of energy it you use rock climbing.

Rest Often

Rock climbing isn't a race. The only person you're competing against is yourself. Pace yourself and work methodically up the rock face. The only way you lose is if you get too tired to make it to the top. Whenever you're fortunate enough to find a comfortable stopping point, take some time and rest before beginning your ascent. It'll make you a much better climber.

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