Skill level important factor when choosing climbing routes, locations
Several factors should be considered when you are deciding where to go rock climbing. First, you must determine if your abilities and preferences will enable you to have an enjoyable experience at a specific location.
Fluid and confident movement and good technique are at the foundation of rock climbing. Although rope work, hardware, and anchor systems all prove critical in our ability to climb and explore, the deciding factor ultimately boils down to whether or not we have the skill and strength to execute the moves.
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Rock climbing has been growing in popularity since the 1930s, and it’s no wonder. This exciting activity lets you spend time in the outdoors while challenging yourself both physically and mentally and bonding with friends and family. With the increasing availability of a variety of climbing venues, including indoor climbing gyms, it’s easier than ever to try rock climbing. Rock Climbing is the perfect book for anyone who wants to develop the skills.
Rock Climbing will help you explore one of the world’s fastest-growing activities safely and successfully. The experts at the Wilderness Education Association ensure you learn proper technique, which is essential to a safe and enjoyable experience. They prepare you for your adventure with information on fitness and conditioning, equipment and gear selection, and nutrition. Safety skills are integrated throughout the book. You’ll learn how you can use indoor climbing to practice basic skills before moving on to refine and build on those skills in the outdoors. You’ll find easy-to-follow instruction of climbing fundamentals, including knots, belaying, building anchor systems, moving on rock, descending, and lead climbing, giving you all the skills and knowledge you need to be a capable beginning climber.
Throughout the book the authors share consumer, technique, and safety tips collected from their years of experience as both climbers and instructors. They also list Web sites to help you find climbing organizations, shop for equipment and gear, plan outdoor climbing trips, and more. The book also includes Success Check questions for each chapter that will help you test your climbing knowledge.
Use Rock Climbing to join the millions of other climbing enthusiasts around the world. This complete resource will teach you all the essential information for a successful rock climbing adventure!
Part I: Preparing for a Rock Climbing Adventure
Chapter 1: Going Rock Climbing Chapter 2: Climbing Into Fitness Chapter 3: Indoor Climbing Chapter 4: Know Before You Go Chapter 5: Gearing Up for Rock Climbing
Part II: On the Rock
Chapter 6: Knots for Climbing Chapter 7: Managing Friction: The Skill of Belaying Chapter 8: Building Climbing Anchor Systems Chapter 9: Strength and Grace: Techniques for Movement on Rock Chapter 10: Descending Chapter 11: Lead Rock Climbing
About the Editors
About the Contributors
Text for university students taking introductory rock climbing courses; reference for consumers who want to learn the basics of rock climbing.
The Wilderness Education Association (WEA) is a not-for-profit organization that works to promote the professionalism of outdoor leadership through establishment of national standards, curriculum design, implementation, advocacy, and research-driven initiatives. The WEA educates people about the appropriate use of wildlands and protected areas by establishing strategic alliances with stakeholders of the outdoor industry, such as federal land management agencies, conservation groups, and all organizations that benefit from wildlands and believe that the existence of wildlands is important to quality of life.
The WEA has an affiliate network of more than 40 colleges, universities, and private and nonprofit groups that offer their courses. These affiliates are in the United States as well as Canada, Mexico, and Hong Kong. Through WEA’s courses, students can learn a wide range of outdoor leadership skills.