|Rock climbing style guide|
Rock climbing is a sport that can be done indoors on pre built plywood climbing structures, or done outdoors on mountain sides, There are many forms of rock climbing, Find the ones below that best suit you.:
Indoor climbing will be the starting point for most people looking at getting into this wonderful sport of rock climbing. Climbers scale indoor climbing structures made of plywood or concrete and hold onto artificial handholds/footholds bolted onto the structure. Indoor climbing is also one of your safest forms of climbing as the climber climbs with the protection of a rope that's already suspended through an anchor (also known as a "Top Rope") at the top of a route. A belayer controls the rope, keeping it taut and thus preventing long falls
Most of your indoor climbing gyms will have all the gear needed so one will not need their own, but if you will be visiting a climbing gym frequently you could save money having your own gear as you will not have to pay gear rental.
Skills: Beginners to advance
Training need: No formal training is needed.
Basic Gear used:
Bouldering is a form of climbing done without a rope and is normally not higher than 4M, Bouldering is done on any boulder one can find and one will make use of crash pads below and a spotter to help you land on your feet or to move the crash pad so it is at all times below you. Bouldering also allows you to try more technical problems than that of longer sport climbing routes.
Skills: Beginners to advanced climbers
Training: No formal training is required
Traditional rock climbing
Traditional climbing (also known as trad climbing) is the sort of climbing you typically see in movies and in nature documentaries. The main difference between Traditional climbing and Sport climbing is that there are no pre-installed anchor points and the traditional climber will use racks of highly specialized gear to ascend the rock face. The climbers will place cams, wedges, nuts and other forms of protection from their racks into cracks in the rock. The rope is then hooked to these pieces of protection so that, if a climber falls, the rope will safely catch them.
Skills: Advanced climbers
Training: One needs to be proficient in sport climbing before attempting trad climbing
Ice climbing is like traditional climbing except that the climber is scaling an ice formation (such as a frozen waterfall or a glazier) rather than a rock formation. Specialized equipment that can screw into the ice is used instead of the wedges, nuts and cams as used on rock formations.
Skills: Advanced climbers
Training: One needs to be proficient in sport climbing before attempting Ice climbing