Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Rock Climbing Safely
Rock climbing is a great way to get some healthy sun on your body and to stay in shape with a full-body workout. But if you do not pay close attention to the proper precautions for safety when it comes to rock climbing, it can also be an easy way to end up injured. You can get that great workout without risking injury in the process if you make sure you take the proper safety precautions when rock climbing by following these tips. Climbing at an indoor rock climbing gym instead of climbing outdoors is one great way to ensure your safety while climbing. Of course, you will not get much sun on your skin climbing indoors, but you will be able to take advantage of the safety precautions such places have in place to make sure their patrons do not injure themselves. As long as you know what you are doing, however, you can still remain safe while climbing outdoors if climbing outdoors is what you prefer. If you want to remain safe while climbing, you need to make sure you always go with a partner - someone who can both spot you and help you find hand holds and foot holds. This partner will be able to let you know if you will be better off abandoning a route, and they will also be able to ease your fall if you slip off the wall. You should never climb without a crash pad, either, as a crash pad will give you a soft and safe landing space. A crash pad is no replacement for a spotter, however; remember, when you go climbing, you should always have a spotter as well as a crash pad! You will be all right free climbing on smaller walls - think ten to fifteen feet high - but you should top climb when you try a taller wall. This will keep you safe if your hands ever slip off the rock, as you will be strapped to a rope the whole time. Finally, you can lessen your chances of getting hurt if you make sure you have the right equipment for climbing. With good climbing shoes, clothes, and chalk, you can conquer any route (and have a lot of fun doing it!) without exposing yourself to unnecessary risk!