Are you afraid of heights? Would you like to know how it feels being suspended above the ground? Rock climbing is one of the technical sports which is demanding not only physically but also mentally. Rock climbing is the ultimate sport for humans because it not only challenges you physically but also mentally. To learn efficiently, you need a lot of practice, repetition and maintain muscle memory to strengthen yourself mentally and physically.
If rock climbing is not your sport but you are considering it, you need to learn a few things before you start. The first thing you need to know is that the sport of rock climbing has ups and downs just like any other sport where players win, lose or even draw. In climbing sport, you may fail to attain your set objective or even get overwhelmed such that you cannot be able to do it effectively. Therefore, you need to know where your strengths and weaknesses lie as a climber. There are different styles of climbing but in this article we will focus more on bouldering and sports climbing. In sports climbing, there are pre-drilled anchors on the wall that allows you (the climber) to ascend the wall by a route that is already set. Therefore, in sports climbing, a climber can clip their gear on the wall for safety purposes. In bouldering, climbers ascend a wall that is no more than 20 feet in height and there are crash pads down below the wall for protection in case a climber falls.
Bouldering and sports climbing are very common in climbing competitions although they can change depending on the competitors and location. If you are a starter in boulder climbing or wall climbing activities, you need to learn how to climb first before you start training. You will be amazed at the progress you will make after learning how to climb. When you learn how to climb instead of training, you strengthen your mind and body making it easy for you to make it at the top. You will have to feel comfortable when climbing for you to trust your body and to make climbing less of a fight. Climbing boulders may seem easy but it is quite demanding especially if you have fear of heights and recurring anxiety.
The second important thing you are supposed to learn about is breathing. Although it is a normal activity, breathing under stressful situations makes you tense and you end up losing focus. You are therefore supposed to manage your breathing in bouldering climbing. As we have discussed above, knowing your strengths and weaknesses will help you manage your breathing technique. It is advisable to breathe through your motions because it not only helps you prevent injuries but also helps you have a clear mindset in decision making, especially in stressful situations. Professional wall climbers have an intuitive mindset that helps them know their limitations and manage situations differently.
Finally, continuing being present to the wall when you climb boulders is vital because it boosts your confidence to reach the top. You don’t have to be worried if you don’t make it to the top by falling or being worn out. You cannot become the best or compete with the best if you don’t fail at times. However, persistence, hard work and commitment are some of the virtues that will make you better with time.