Tips For Rock Climbing

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Climbing is rarely about actual strength. Of course strength helps but the better and more experienced you get you’ll find that balance and technique are FAR more important. Climbing well does not always mean getting to the top. Climbing is about being in control, moving decisively and fluidly up the rock and not thrashing and scrambling.

Climbing the back side of Muldoon, at Mount Arapiles, in western Victoria, AustraliaWork on balance and overall strength and not on building large muscle groups. Build your heart rate and work on finger strength.

There are three types of climbing. Trad (traditional) climbing is identified as routes where you must place you own safety gear. You are free climbing and using combinations of stoppers, cams, hexes and even pitons as protection. Sport climbing is usually short face climbs (though they can be milti pitch) using all bolts. Bouldering is done without ropes and done on free standing boulders. These routes are between 3 and maybe 20 moves; they are practice for sport climbing and often involve gymnastic or dynamic moves. The rating system in the US is called the Yosemite System and goes from 5.0 to 5.14. Ratings at 5.10 and above also include letters 5.10a, 5.10b, 5.10c, 5.10d, and 5.11. Boulders are rated with V1-5 based on difficulty.

Question on leading a trad route – say you start a route placing gear as you go. You get halfway up and can’t get past a crux, so you drop down. Now, how would you get the gear out that on the in the wall? (i.e. the top piece that you came down on.)? You don’t. Unless, you can walk to the top and rappel down to retrieve your gear. Be careful when lowering off climbs on one piece of equipment, that fails, you die! Better to lead trad routes several grades below your ability level.

Why does most mountaineering guides require you to have plastic boots instead of leather? Simply, the warmth, plastic boots have several layers and are quite a bit warmer. Most guide services do not want to deal with any frostbite problems while guiding. As a beginner/recreational climber…find a size that is snug…but comfortable. If you could not wear the shoes for one hour without discomfort….then the shoes are too tight.

I have been climbing 5.10/11 since 1977. In my experience, a little bit of tightness may give you a slight advantage….you get up a 5.11a when normallly your limit is 5.10d…but I would much rather enjoy my recreation than climb at my ultimate limit.

RP’s are a brand name for artificial chock stones. Like Stoppers, Rocks, Walnuts, Offsets, etc, it is the name given by the manufacturer; Pacific Crossing. Typically RP’s were small to micro sized brass alloy nuts, similar to the Black Diamond copper/steel nut made today.

RP’s were used, almost to the exclusion of any other micro nut, in Yosemite to push the frontier of what was possible with clean aid climbing in the late ’70s, ’80s, and early ’90s. With the huge growth of the sport of climbing in the 1990′s, many other companies began producing micro nuts similar to the RP.

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Biking Down Haleakala Volcano

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If you are interested in a little physical activity while vacationing in Maui, you should consider biking down the Haleakala Volcano.

There are close to ten different companies that are available to book biking tours that head down the volcano. The prices charged and the experiences offered during your biking tours will be different. Before you book your Maui biking tour down the Haleakala you should inquire about what you are paying for and what type of rules or regulations there will be for the tour.

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For example, some tours will pick you up at your hotel and others will have you meeting at their place of business or on the Haleakala volcano. It is important that you are aware of these things before you make any decisions by booking a tour.

Cruiser Phil’s
Cruiser Phil offers two tours that have you biking down the Haleakala Volcano. The first tour occurs at sunrise allowing you to see the sun come up over the horizon in a dazzling array of colors. It includes a continental breakfast and a chance to stop at a restaurant, Paia’s, at the end of your ride for some excellent food. This trip is $135. The second trip is the morning trip and offers no real difference other than the price of $120.00. In either case, you receive a helmet, windbreaker suit, motorcycle jacket, insulated gloves, and all the equipment needed to enjoy a safe ride.

The Haleakala Bike Company
Averaging about $80 a trip, Haleakala Bike Company offers Maui biking tours at a slightly lower cost than the competition. The reason for this is they do not pick you up, drop you off, or offer you any type of food or beverage. They do offer excellent service and an exciting time though. Haleakala differs from other biking companies because this company does not make you stay with the pack. If you want to speed down the volcano, you are free to do so. On the other hand, if you want to make an entire day of your trip, you can do that, too.

Maui Downhill
Maui Downhill offers a number of different tours for biking down the volcano. Each tour offers transportation to and from various hotels and resorts and all the equipment you need to have a successful biking expedition. Many of the tours allow for admission into Haleakala National Park, continental breakfast, lunch in Kula Maui, and photos to remember your trip. Maui Downhill tours generally range from $100 – $150.

Maui Bike the Volcano
The Maui Bike tour begins as you watch the sunrise from on top of the volcano. You are picked up from your hotel and taken up to the summit. Coffee and continental breakfast are offered with your tour. You will be given all you need to successfully enjoy a biking tour, and then your tour will really begin. You will be traveling 38 miles downhill. You will be able to enjoy a small groups that allows for more instruction from the guides should you need additional help.

These are just a few of the tour companies that offer biking tours of the Haleakala volcano in Maui. If you are unsure which company to go with ask the employees at the resort or hotel where you are lodging. This should help you to find out a good company with a tour that is acceptable for you and your experience level.

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Dave Huffman owns and operates rental by owner vacation rental websites. For great lodging on Maui go to Maui Rental by Owner

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