Before we start with actual climbing, we need to buy (or borrow) special equipment such as:
- climbing shoes
- belay devices
So...what are we going to climb?
Now that we have all the equipment, we can start to think about that "something" we are going to climb. There are four basic types of climbing:
1) indoor climbing - almost all the beginners start here... They come into a building that used to be an old store or a factory and learn how to climb artificial climbing walls. It is safer than other types of climbing and frequently, some funny / interesting element is added there: either the boulders ("stones" that you are supposed to grab with your hands or step on them) are in various colours or, they are shaped as animals, fruits and so on. :)
- it is a great exercise for both our bodies and minds (we need to focus on the next step that we are about to make)
- spectacular views for those who manage to climb the whole route
- as there are usually two people needed for climbing (a person who climbs and a second one on the ground who is supposed to make the climber safe using the rope and belay devices), you can form new friendships and build your trust... would you allow someone you do not know well enough to hold the rope which is preventing you from falling on the ground (often from several meters)?
- we should at least be familiar with this sport because the best climber in the world, Adam Ondra, is from the Czech Republic!
Why should we try this sport?