This booklet is going to introduce you to the world of a popular sport including rocks and a lot of adrenalin and fun!

This booklet is going to introduce you to one of the currently popular pastimes among people of almost all generations, climbing. As the name of this sport is quite self-explanatory, there is no need to dwell on lengthy definitions and lets just say that you use your hands and legs to get to the top of something... what is that something? Let's find out!

 

 

Climbing

 

Before we start with actual climbing, we need to buy (or borrow) special equipment such as:

  • rope
  • harness
  • carabiners
  • quickdraws
  • climbing shoes
  • helmet
  • 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. :)

2) outdoor climbing: as you get more experienced, you may want to try something more dangerous and exciting, rocks. Beautiful views usually serve as your reward for reaching the top of the rock (I strongly recommend Pálava - see the picture below). Don't forget to use a helmet since stones tend to fall off the rocks!

3) bouldering: climbing without using any ropes nor belay devices and therefore, it is important to know our limits and not to climb too high since we could get harmed easily! Bouldering can be done both indoors and outdoors and often, it is a part of warm-up exercises before actual climbing.

4) ice climbing: perhaps the most interesting form of climbing for normal people, which is still considered safe. We need special equipment such as crampons, ice axes and... glaciers, of course! If there are not any in our surroundings, we can choose the artificial ones which can be found even in the Czech Republic (Vír - see the picture below).

 

Still not enough?

The word "normal" which I used on the previous page occured there on purpose. It is the human nature to push the limits as far as possible. That is why the fifth discipline of climbing was invented: free solo climbing. What is it about? A person climbs without the help of a person on the ground that would make him/her safe by a rope and various belay devices. People have already climbed rocks, skyscrapers and other high objects. This type of climbing is included here just for your information; do not try this - people who do so are usually quite aware of the fact that any mistake of theirs could be their last one!

  • 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?

Sources of pictures

  • http://blackdiamondequipment.com/en_CZ/bd-athlete-kurt-astner-establishes-stunning-new-ice-climbs-in-norway.html
  • https://cz.pinterest.com/upurbanclimbing/sunset/
  • http://theundercling.com/carabiner-orientation-quickdraws-ways-carabiners-face/
  • http://www.horyinfo.cz/view.php?cisloclanku=2010060024
  • https://www.rei.com/c/climbing-harnesses
  • http://www.singingrock.cz/ice-climbing-test-day-2015
  • https://www.mountainproject.com/v/107771625
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jo98XTHi4Ko
  • https://cz.pinterest.com/pin/203506476883016124/
  • http://www.123rf.com/photo_32837490_climbing-hold-with-shape-of-duck-on-artificial-climbing-wall.html
  • http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/Climbing-Shoes-Womens-Reviews/Buying-Advice
  • http://www.logcabinswales.co.uk/things-to-do/climbing-tree-top-rope-courses-in-snowdonia
  • http://www.climbingsardinia.com/en/climbing-info/equipment/belay-devices/