Monday, May 26, 2014
How To Stay Safe While Rock Climbing
If staying healthy and having fun are two of your priorities while the weather is nice, one of the best things you can do is go rock climbing, as rock climbing with strengthen everything from your feet to your fingers to your arms, legs, and back, all while allowing you to do something that is plenty of fun. But as fun a rock climbing can be, it can also be dangerous if you do not take the proper precautions, and rather than trying to learn through trial and error (which can be marvelously painful!), you should take the time to learn what you need to do in order to stay safe while rock climbing. Lots of people tend to think that a crash pad is not really necessary, as they assume it will not do much, or that they are not going to fall from high enough up for it to matter - but before you go rock climbing, realize that crash pads are not just some ploy to make money; they are truly important to have! Every time you go rock climbing, you should also have a spotter; in addition to being able to keep you safe, a spotter will also be there in case something happens to you, as you will certainly not want to sustain a serious injury when you are out there all alone. And finally, the longer you climb, the more likely you will be to take things for granted; even though you might start to become comfortable with rock climbing in general, and with the routes you usually do specifically, you should make sure you are always remaining careful as you climb, testing every rock, and never climbing so fast that you could cause yourself trouble. Staying safe when you are rock climbing is not difficult, as long as you make sure you head out there with a crash pad underneath you, a spotter to keep you safe, and a head for caution.