Rock climbing is an exciting sport and a type of recreation gaining worldwide popularity by the day. You can climb natural, outdoor rocks or the artifical, mostly indoor ones. There are two main types of climbing. The rope-free climbing, also called bouldering, takes place on boulders, i.e. lower rocks, while the so called lead climbing takes place on taller rocks, and includes ropes and safety gear. The task is always to overcome a climbing route, or problem. Rock climbing is suitable for all age groups.
Rock climbing is simply - fun. It is also an exciting and challenging physical activity, with a number of positive effects on your health, from energy expenditure to socialization. Aside from overcoming potential fears (some beginners deal with this), climbers also get to perfect their climbing technique and improve on their coordination, focus and proper breathing. Rock climbing also makes your body produce adrenaline and other hormones that lower stress level and increase a sense of overall wellbeing.
Don't worry: at the very beginning you can get all the basic gear in our gyms. At first all you will need are some comfortable clothes, special climbing shoes, and chalk or magnesium carbonate. The rock climbing shoes are specially designed for climbing to improve your footing and connection to the rock face. Chalk or magnesium carbonate is a drying agent for your hands that prevents slippage and improves grip. It is used in other sports as well. Then there's rope, harness, carabiners, anchors, helmets, etc., depending on the discipline you choose.
It all depends on your availability, wishes and…passion. :) Beginners usually climb 2-3 times a week, and more advanced climbers even more. You can never have enough!
There are two main types of climbing. Rope-free climbing, also called bouldering, takes place on boulders, i.e. lower rocks, while so called lead climbing takes place on taller rocks or walls, and includes ropes and safety gear. You can climb natural, outdoor rocks or the artifical, mostly indoor ones. The task is always to overcome a climbing challenge, route or problem.
Definitely bouldering, because that's where you'll learn all the basics. You get to learn all the proper climbing techniques and how to move across the rock. This way, once you start climbing with rope, you can focus on knots, securing and harness fastening.
Our coaches usually spot the children with climbing potential or talent. They then propose competitions best suited for them. The adults, on the other hand, can choose one of the regional recreational competitions, or ask the more advanced climbers for tips and more information.
Of course: if you are climbing solo, you can climb any time you like during the gyms' working hours. If you are in a guided session or group, the schedule will depend on the particular arrangement.