Rock climbing

Care free days on the rock.

Rock climbing can be a fun way to push oneself to one's physical and mental limits. Climbing also presents an excellent incentive to seek out some of the most beautiful places in the world in search of some fresh rock. By non-climbers it is often considered to be a reckless, dangerous, "thrill-seeking" sport.

Rock climbing is different from mountaineering, as the rock climber chooses individual rocks or slopes, and can rest comfortably between the climbs. It overlaps to some extent with caving; some of the skills and equipment that are used to climb in the open can also be used in caves.

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) is Britain's representative body that exists to protect the freedoms and promote the interests of climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers, including ski-mountaineers. The BMC recognises that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions.

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Basics

There are many different forms of climbing that are segmented mostly by the type of equipment used when climbing. The two main categories are aid climbing and free climbing.

Climber & belayer: the basic climbing team.
  • Trad climbing (short for "traditional") involves the placement of temporary protection such as cams, nuts, and hexes, into the rock's natural features while ascending. This method is appropriate for nearly every type of rock, but requires a significant amount of safety equipment.
  • Sport climbing involves the use of pre-set protection, often metal rings (known as bolts) drilled into the rock, while climbing upward. These fixtures are permanent and used when the climber runs his rope through one end of a quickdraw and attaches the other end to the bolt. This method requires less equipment than trad climbing, but requires protection devices already to be set into the route.

Courses

The availability of rock climbing courses depends on your location. Indoor climbing gyms invariably offer courses. If your area includes any natural formations appealing to rock climbers, chances are good there is also a nearby climbing or mountaineering organization that will offer (or know of) opportunities to learn more.

Gear

Costs

The cost of climbing in many cases is free. Some locations charge day rates that are generally associated with the entrance fee and not for the sport of climbing.

The cost of gear vary widely based on quality, brand, purpose and weight:

Destinations

Great rock climbing can be found worldwide; not surprisingly, you'll often find great places to climb in some of the most beautiful and scenic places on Earth.

Africa

South Africa

Eastern Cape

Western Cape

Gauteng and Mpumalanga

Oceania

Australia

New Zealand

Asia

Bhutan

China

There is also climbing in Tibet and regions bordering it such as Northern Yunnan and Western Sichuan. Much of it is mountain climbing, rather than just rock climbing. See Three Parallel Rivers National Park for one such area; it has several peaks which have never been climbed.

An extreme possibility definitely only for experts with topnotch equipment and professional guides would be to climb the North Face of Mount Everest from Qomolangma in Tibet.

Laos

Malaysia

Pakistan

Pakistan has thousands of beautiful and extreme routes & rocks but unfortunately they are unexplored. A few location are given below.

Thailand

Europe

Croatia

France

Greece

Italy

Norway

Portugal

Serbia

Slovenia

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

North America

Canada

United States

Southwest
climbing in Joshua Tree National Park
Northwest
Northeast
Southeast

Mexico

South America

Brazil

Chile

World challenges

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