When a man is interested in learning how to climb, or looking to amp up his climbing strength and skills, joining a climbing gym is a great way to go. As a result, gym climbing become more and more popular among modern people and lots of business man began to operate climbing gym.
Here are some general types of gym climbing which you should take into consideration when you plan your climbing gym.
Requiring neither a harness nor a rope, bouldering involves routes that are close to the ground. A thick crash pad acts as a protective mat below climbers. Some gyms also require spotters, people who help prevent falls from injuring head and neck.
Bouldering is a great way to build skill because climber can focus solely on using his strength and balance to keep himself on the wall. Novices appreciate the simplicity of it; skilled climbers like the challenge of more difficult routes.
This is where a novice enters the world of harness-and-rope climbing. When he’s top roping, the rope is secured to an overhead anchor in the gym. Climber ties into one end of the rope; the other end of the rope is held by a belayer, who manages the rope to catch him in case of a fall. The belayer might be a trained staff person, a friend with belay certification or an auto belay device.
Once climber has become a skilled top-rope climber, his next step is lead climbing. When lead climbing, he’ll tie into one end of the rope and clip it into a series of quickdraws that are already attached to bolts on the gym’s wall. Again, you’ll have a belayer.
Lead climbing indoors is very much like sport climbing outside, except that indoors the quickdraws are already in place.
The challenge with lead climbing is that if climber slips or misses the next quickdraw, he’ll fall a short distance back to the previous clipped–in point. That’s a farther, harder fall than he’d have when top-roping.
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