Friday, March 27, 2015

Learning the ropes in class

By Michel Goulet, MultiTrek Climbing School

Rock-climbing is a thrilling outdoor and indoor activity that combines personal challenges and trust. Knowing how and where to climb and how to correctly use the safety gear can make the difference between enjoying and not enjoying the activity. Rock climbing is a physically and mentally demanding sport that uses climber's strength, endurance, agility and balance along with mental control.

This article introduces tips for beginners providing steps to ensure the climber is safe, how to get yourself set up, and how the rope system works when either climbing or falling. The article gives information about safety pointers such as how to fall when you're climbing, body awareness and being able to identify your center of gravity, and tips for newcomers to rock-climbing. Being aware of these things before you go climbing is extremely useful especially for people who have never been.

This article was useful to read before our first rock-climbing experience next week. Getting an idea of what to expect and how everything works makes the first time a little less stressful as a beginner with rock-climbing. This article emphasises the importance of listening to instructions and paying attention when tips are given, this will make you and the instructors day much easier. Reading this article as got me more and more excited for rock-climbing next week. Now having some basic knowledge on how to climb makes me a little more confident in my rock-climbing abilities.
Goulet, Michel. "Learn the Ropes in Class." Learn the Ropes in Class. Ottawa Outdoors, n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2015.

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