Rock climbing has a long history, so let’s look at 21 facts you may or may not have heard before. Facts here may include scientific studies to provide evidence. I have also written full and detailed articles on some of the facts mentioned which can give you more information. Anyway, here they are.
1-Climbing is a sport that will make its debut at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020
20 male climbers and 20 female climbers from around the world will compete in the 2020 Olympics. Overall scores will be based on speed, lead, and bouldering. Some people approve of the decision to bring rock climbing to the Olympics under these conditions, but some say it destroys the art of rock climbing. The reason rock climbing was added to the Olympics could be for one major reason – the young adult. The International Olympic Committee has the youth of today as its main objective. He, therefore, wants the Olympic Games to inspire them and therefore make the future of the Olympic Games even more entertaining. The average age of a climber is around 23, so rock climbing will fit right into the type of sport he would add to games.
2-Rock climbing is as good for cardio as running 8-11 minutes per mile, one study found.
In 1997, a study was conducted by the British Journal of Sports Medicine to find out how good rock climbing was for cardiopulmonary fitness. 14 climbers participated in the study, and it was found that the heart rate and energy expenditure of the participants involved in climbing an indoor climbing wall were similar to those of running 8-11 minutes per mile. The study concluded that “these data indicate that indoor climbing is a good activity for increasing cardiorespiratory fitness and muscle endurance.” I wrote an article on the topic of quality rock climbing as a workout which you can read by clicking here.
3-Climbing can help cure fear of heights and fear of falling
Many people actually start rock climbing for the specific reason either to cure their fear of heights or to fall or simply to reduce the amount of fear that affects them. Having a fear of heights (acrophobia) or a fear of falling (basophobia) is actually quite common, however, that doesn’t mean it’s desirable.
4-There are two different types of ice that can be climbed during ice climbing.
These are called alpine ice and water ice. Alpine ice, which is usually found in mountains, is easier to climb than water ice but is usually found on longer routes. Water ice, which is usually made up of a waterfall or something similar, requires a lot more technique to climb. Ice climbing is quite different from your normal rock climbing as it involves the use of spikes, crampons, ropes, and other equipment that may or may not be found in other types of climbing.
5-Liquid chalk is preferred over normal deep water solo climbing chalk
Imagine being 15 feet on a wall above the water with your bag of chalk around your waist and you fall. Once you land in the water your chalk will be useless and the bag will be until it dries! So what is an alternative? Liquid chalk is made by combining a form of alcohol and normal chalk powder. It’s a lot less messy, a lot easier to carry around with you, and less likely to be ruined if you land with it in water.
6-Vegan climbing shoes use synthetic materials instead of suede and leather
Most climbing shoes use different types of rubber for the sole. Leather is the strongest material used for the uppers of a climbing shoe, but these synthetic materials are a good alternative for those looking for vegan climbing shoes. Many brands offer vegan climbing shoes.
7- There are over 20 names and terms for different types of holds
For example, we all probably know or have heard the term jug used when rock climbing. A jug is an easy-to-grip socket that contains a dip in the center. Something all climbers want to hear when they ask “What’s that top grip like?” is “It’s a jug.” Other terms used are edge, volume, pocket, sloper, crimp, etc.
8-Rain and hot weather make the climb more difficult
Indeed, the rain makes the outer rocks slippery. Hot weather can affect indoor and outdoor climbing. Many indoor climbing gyms lack air conditioning and some lack a large number of windows that open. Therefore, not only are you fighting your own moisture in the holds, but you are also fighting the moisture in the air caused by the sweat of other climbers. May God help you if the weather is also humid. Of course, in hot weather, it is worse outside. Limestone is one of the most difficult types of rock to climb in hot weather. It is very slippery from the moisture in your hands
9-Children and toddlers can rock climb in various ways
Children can join a parent or guardian during a rock climbing session. Children are advised to climb artificial walls with a large safety mat for safety reasons. However, some people may find outdoor climbing for children more preferable as there is less chance of someone landing on your child if they are likely to wander under climbers. Many climbing rooms also offer group lessons for children. This usually includes basic techniques and climbing games for children to keep them entertained.
10-The Lake District in the UK and Fontainebleau in France are home to two of the oldest bouldering areas in the world
Rock climbing has been practiced in these areas for over 200 years and even today these places attract climbers from all over the world.
11-Most artificial climbing wedges are made from a polyurethane resin
In the United States, it is also known as urethane. You are less likely to damage a polyurethane shim and it’s also cheaper than most plastic-based shims. Some wedges are also made of wood, ceramic, rock, and concrete.
12-Building a basic climbing wall costs around $ 500
This is an 8 to the 10-foot climbing wall at a 45-degree angle, so the rock face is overhanging. Of course, adding more handles and other more complex parts to the wall would increase the costs. It also depends on where you get your climbing holds. If you get new climbing holds you are looking for a more expensive wall, however, you can look around online and even ask climbing gyms if they have old climbing holds they are ready. for sale.
13-Freezing your climbing shoes can prevent them from becoming even more fragrant
This is because the cause of the smell is bacteria and it does not thrive in freezing temperatures. However, it also doesn’t die, so it will be just as smelly as it was before you put it in the freezer. If you are trying to freeze your climbing shoes, consider placing them in a plastic bag first. The general odor can be treated with a number of methods, including rubbing the inside of the climbing shoe with washing machine detergent.
14-Some climbers use resin to help them grip the outside holds
This is not a common technique as it is frowned upon in most climbing circles. It is mainly used in Fontainebleau, one of the oldest and most popular climbing destinations in the world. In this case, it is usually pine resin from the bark of a pine tree. The resin can actually damage the cleats on most outdoor climbs. This is why it is frowned upon, as well as the fact that it makes the climb much easier to complete because you have a lot more grip.
15-Rock climbing is training for the whole body
Not only does climbing participation target all muscle groups, but it also helps your cardio-respiratory system. Rock climbing is particularly good for building muscles, including the latissimus dorsi (aka the lats), the forearms which are an extension of the muscles in your fingers, the core including the abdomen and surrounding muscles, and the shoulders.
16-Most climbing halls require a sense of unspoken etiquette
In your local indoor climbing gym, there are usually some unspoken laws that most people seem to learn fairly quickly during their first few climbing sessions, but in case you missed any, we’ll list the main ones here:
- Be aware of your surroundings, people might run into you.
- If you are about to climb, make sure your route does not go past someone else’s when they started climbing before you
- Don’t give any advice unless someone asks for it or you offer it and they say they want it
- Don’t monopolize a wall – take a step back and let other climbers try
- Don’t jump on a climb if someone just grazes it – if they graze a wedge and you chalk it back up, it’s pretty boring
- Don’t shout or shout unless it’s absolutely necessary
- If you are unsure of something, ask a member of staff or an experienced climber
17-In one study, rock climbing was found to be good for lower back pain
While some climbers complain of lower back pain, others believe it may help improve lower back pain and there is a study to complement this. 30 patients with chronic low back pain were divided into two groups: escalation and control. Patients in the climbing group had to climb 10 sessions in 8 weeks (at least once a week) for at least 1 hour per session. It was concluded that “rock climbing can be an effective and inexpensive treatment option for people with chronic low back pain”. Some people, however, report that they develop low back pain while climbing and this can happen for several reasons. The first reason is because of jumping off a boulder wall rather than going down the easier route. If you fall from a boulder wall onto your feet, the vertebrae in your spine compress, and as a result, over time, you end up with back pain. Rock climbing can also cause muscle imbalances if you use more force than the technique which can cause lower back pain.
18- Climbing can help you burn fat
If you were to keep the same diet and exercise regimen that you are doing now and add 1 climbing session per week, you would be exercising more than before. As a result, you are burning more fat than before and possibly gaining muscle. So if you are the type who weighs yourself to decide on your fat, it might not be a good idea here because muscle has a higher overall fat density (a smaller amount of muscle weighs more than more fat). If you added 2 climbing sessions per week, you would lose even more fat and you might even gain more muscle depending on your protein and energy intake. If you want to take it a step further, you might want to consider changing your diet to help repair your muscles and burn fat even faster.
19-Climbing is good for posture
When you perform overhangs, you use your core muscles a lot, which supports your overall posture. There is one big mistake some climbers make when coming down a climb, however – they are jumping instead of going down the problem. If you jump from a 3 or 4 meter high wall onto a mat, you will compress the vertebrae in your spine, which is bad for your back and therefore your posture. Climbing can improve your posture by climbing correctly with controlled technique, avoiding mistakes that can cause injury, and descending from a problem using the easiest route possible.
20-Rock climbing can improve mental health for issues like depression, ADHD, and anxiety
Rock climbing is a treatment for depression, according to the UK NHS website. This is apparently due to a heightened sense of self-worth, the sense of accomplishment you receive when you complete a challenge, and a sense of self-control. Climbing also has the ability to help you feel the moment, which is very similar to a method of meditation called mindfulness. Spending time outdoors has been shown to improve symptoms for people with ADHD, so climbing outdoors can help relieve these symptoms. It is also one of the ways to treat anxiety and depression. You need to use your attention when you are on a climbing wall to prevent yourself from falling. For this reason, it allows you to think about the moment and not worry about the past or the future.
21-Yosemite Valley is home to the highest free-solo climbing wall face called El Capitan
El Capitan (aka El Cap) is one of the most feared mountains to climb solo and has an almost vertical rock face. It is located in the Yosemite Valley, California, and has a rock face about 900 meters high. On June 3, 2017, he was climbed for the first time in a free solo without protective gear by none other than Alex Honnold, possibly the most famous climber in the world at the moment. It took Alex 3 hours and 56 minutes to complete the climb.
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