When most people hear someone talk about rock climbing, they either feel a cringe in their spine or a rush of adrenaline throughout their entire body. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out which of the two is the rock climber. Rock climbing is definitely a sport that isn’t for everyone. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the few sports where a bad performance could possibly mean death to the participant. So why do it?
There are several reasons that a person would consider rock climbing as the recreation activity of choice. Each individual will of course have their own version of why they decided to take on this physically and mentally challenging sport. This is an activity which is certainly not for the physically unfit, or those who could be described as timid.
Okay, so a rock climber has to be strong and outgoing, but there’s much more to it than just those two personality traits. Let’s take a look at what type of a person makes a good rock climber.
First, before anything else, they must have the desire to go rock climbing. This tells us the individual is an outgoing person who has no issues going toe to toe with incredibly difficult tasks. They must also have no problem taking a leadership role, as being the lead in rock climbing is a tremendous responsibility. The lead climber must make the decision on which route to take up the climb, as well as the placement of the safety devices into the rock for others to follow.
Secondly, rock climbing requires great strength and endurance. Sometimes the climber’s weight may be held entirely on just a few finger tips, and believe me this is no time to doubt the strength in your hands. Upper body strength is also crucial for scaling the vertical rock walls and overhangs. It’s for these reasons that a specialized physical training regimen is a must for rock climbing. This can include, but is not limited to aerobics, high repetition/low weight training and hand strengthening exercises.
Finally, rock climbing is a very mental sport. It’s a sport which takes patience. The climber can never get in a hurry to move up the precipice, for they can endanger their life, as well as any others who may be on the climb. One move at a time, slowly inching up the stony surface, stopping to place one anchor after another, such is the movement of the rock climber.
As patient as the climber is, he must also be persistent. When you’ve climbed 175 feet straight up, (sometimes inches at a time) you must be willing to go the extra distance to get to the top no matter how far it looms ahead. Just ask any seasoned rock climber and they’ll probably tell you, the only way down is up.
So there you have a glimpse of what type of individual makes a good rock climber. Did you see any traits that resembled you in any way? Rock climbing is a very arduous and sometimes downright dangerous activity, there’s no arguing the point. However, according to those who pursue this sport, there is nothing more empowering than conquering what most people cringe to even think about. So what about you, are you up to the challenge to not only conquer the rock, but maybe also a part of yourself?
About the Author
John Taylor is an Outdoor Instructor and Mountain Leader. Get more Rock Climbing Answers from: http://www.RockClimbingAnswers.com
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