Modern rock climbing is a complex game with many sub-divisions and specialities. There are climbers who never get very far off the ground, preferring to search for the ultimate technical problem on boulders, and some who never set foot on real rock but instead are happy to climb on man-made indoor walls. There are safe bolted sport routes and adventure climbs; compared to years ago equipment is stronger, lighter and more versatile and the amount of information available today is far greater today than ever before.
In this section, our well-known experts explain that you don't need to spend a fortune or embark on an intense training programme to get started and progress to a decent standard.
Welcome to the beginners section. This is an overview of the many different aspects and styles of modern day climbing, but without all the complex jargon that so often accompanies it.
Find your best route into the vertical world of the climber. This article will guide you through your first tentative moves.
Climbing can be so intense that your whole world is just put on pause for those few moments when total concentration and often excitement overrides all other senses. Encapsulated by problem solving and curious ambition, a poised climber creates a new realm of their own reality.
'Young people worry too much about training ... The time to start training is when you stop improving' Ben Moon
This article provides a sensible approach to weighing training and climbing for you to reap the greatest benefits for your time. Includes tips for effective training.
Risk assessment is largely unwritten in climbing but it does underpin the basic issue of safety. Alun Richardson spells out what you need to know.
Traditional and sport climbing, deep water soloing and bouldering - what they are and the main places to practise them in the UK.
Movement techniques and exercises help you move more efficiently. Looking at how we learn, the relationship between body and feet, using your feet and hands, resting and what to do as the rock steepens.
Getting to grips with climbing grades can often be harder than the climb itself. This article shows you how it all fits together and answers some of the commonly asked questions:
Who grades it?
How is it graded?
Why is there so much variation?
How climbing styles effect grades
Kit by Andy Kirkpatrick. A brief guide to the essential equipment for most styles of climbing, with helpful buying hints.
Alun runs through key issues on the design and fitting of helmets and how you should look after one of the most important pieces of kit.
Plenty of information to get you ready for almost any climb, covering; training tips, preventing injuries, age, gender, principles of training and goal setting.
Youth, gymnastic ability and a strong upper body will all help you climb to higher levels, but contrary to what you might believe, they are certainly not essential.
This article answers the questions:
How fit do you need to be to start climbing?
Does age matter?
How strong do you need to be?
What are the key aspects to help your climbing?
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