Motivation for beginner climbers
Why climbing? You often find children swinging around on climbing frames in the local park, we have all been there at some point. Rock climbing has now become an adults playground, somewhere to meet all the other 'kids' and get away from the hustle and bustle of high speed lifestyles and frantic office work.
Keeping you fit
After climbing for 13 years my body is in its best shape ever. It is one of the most effective forms of weight control I know and you don't allow yourself to put weight on. Regular climbing can keep you in great condition.
After climbing for 13 years my body is in its best shape ever
Going to your local wall can be a fun alternative to going to the gym three times a week. As with all new sports the initial improvement can happen very quickly with new techniques and skills being discovered every time you go to the wall. Strength plays a much smaller part than you might think and can often be overcome with good technique.
Go and try it. One of the best things about climbing is the far away places that it takes you to. Places you would never go to except in search of virgin rock and winter sunshine. There are some totally awesome destinations, Yosemite in California is completely gob-smacking, the Dolomites in Italy, the Alps throughout Europe, Thailand is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Take your pick; it's all out there for you.
Climbing is a relatively small community with people you meet popping up in unexpected places
Climbing is a relatively small community with people you meet popping up in unexpected places. You instantly have something in common and making new friends happens automatically. Let yourself go and enjoy life, you don't have to sit at home watching TV or working all hours. Life is for living, not working - get your priorities right and go on an adventure.
Tim is a professional climber and extreme sports athlete. He is an inspirational speaker and author which has led to him presenting many BBC programmes. He has recently climbed the first ascent of possibly the most famous ice climb in the world - Helmcken Falls, Canada. Nominated for the 'Piolet D'Or' award and has been amongst the winners 4 times at the World Ice Climbing Championships.
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