TED Talk Article Assignment
Matthew Childs’ 9 Rules of Rock Climbing
This TED talk was about the nine basic rules that Matthew Childs learned over the years. This video is great for any one interested in rock climbing, no matter their experience or skill level. Whether you're just starting out or looking for some review, this video offers the core skills to successfully complete a climb.
Each rule is concise and logical, catering to a certain situation, such as strength, balance, mentally looking at a situation as opposed to charging in thinking with muscle. He talks about his own experiences climbing, and how he should have conserved his energy through the harder sections so that he wouldn't burn out on the easier sections. He learned to conserve his energy and find crevices to rest in to recover while climbing. The most successful climbers are the ones who know how to find a place in the rockface to rest.
This article hasn’t influenced me directly because I don’t partake in the intense rock climbing discussed here, but the knowledge given is useful and can be applied to any rock climbing situation, whether indoor or outdoor, recreational or competitive.
Source: Childs, Matthew. "9 Rules of Rock Climbing." TED. February 2009, June 3, 2014. http://www.ted.com/talks/matthew_childs_9_rules_of_rock_climbing?language=en