Indoor Rock Climbing

Introduction to Indoor Rock Climbing

Indoor rock climbing has become an interesting and fun means of staying in shape. Indoor rock climbing is much the same as outdoor rock or mountain climbing. Instead of scaling a rock face, the individual climbs an artificial rock wall that will imitate the look and feel of climbing an actual rock face; however, indoors is a much more controlled environment, where individuals can experience the rush of climbing without the possibility of a fatal fall. The techniques involved and the equipment utilized is also much the same as outdoor climbing.

Indoor rock climbing became very big during the 1980s. Many people were introduced to this sport at this time. What was and is still great is that these venues offer both experts and beginners the chance to climb fearlessly. There are even locations that offer indoor climbing lessons. There are many reasons to choose indoor rock climbing over outdoor, such as the dangers involved with scaling actual rock wall faces. Plus, indoor locations are much more accessible than the terrain one must cross to get to some outdoor locations.

Outdoor VS Indoor Climbing

Many people who are interested in this sport often wonder which of the two choices would better suit their ability and lifestyle. The following are just a few of the differences between the two styles that can help one when deciding which option is best for him or her.

• Indoor climbing is great for those who enjoy constant practice. This is a good option for those that want to obtain a lot of climbing hours before they try an actual rock face. It also works well for those that wish to train year-round but haven’t the accessibility to do so.

• Indoor climbing has actual hand- and foot-holds that are easily apparent. This distinguishes what the climber’s next move should be. In outdoor climbing, this is not possible and the climb can be much more challenging.

• In an indoor climbing arena, the distractions are minimized. Outdoors, weather, wind, and even bugs can pose a threat to one’s climbing abilities.

• Indoor climbing has many different ability levels, so one can start out easy to master different movements before progressing. The level of difficulty in outdoor climbing is high, as the terrain can change considerably from movement to movement.

• For those with a competitive spirit, indoor climbing venues even offer competitions to award the best climbers. Outdoors is never the place for competition such as this, as not concentrating on each individual movement can greatly hinder one’s abilities.

To an extent, indoor and outdoor climbing are very similar; however, there are certain things that one cannot experience during an indoor climb, such as exhilarating views of the landscapes below. There is also a great feeling of accomplishment when one reaches a summit that cannot be reproduced.

Why Should an Individual Choose Indoor Rock Climbing?

There are many things that outdoor climbing offers; but, indoor climbing offers much, as well.

• Many people try swimming and other various indoor/outdoor sports to stay in shape; but, this is not one’s typical activity. This has many benefits, such as improving one’s physical stature, increasing self-confidence, and creating the feeling of achievement.

• Communication skills can be greatly enhanced during a climbing session, as much communication is required to learn how to climb initially, and to learn how to develop the skills that one is learning.

• This is a great idea for corporate teams to help improve trust among team members, and to create bonds from that trust and friendship. A corporate project management team can accomplish many things when all members believe in and trust in one another.

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