Indoors or Out?
If you don’t live in an area where you have access to outdoor rock climbing, many gyms have indoor rock climbing walls that will work your muscles out just as hard. The popularity of indoor rock climbing facilities has increased recently.
Indoor climbing centers offer the challenges of climbing that you’ll find on natural outdoor structures. While indoor and outdoor climbing differ, the strength, endurance, power, flexibility, and skill gained through indoor climbing will definitely aid you in an outdoor climb. Indoor climbing is also available when the weather makes outdoor pursuits inaccessible during the winter months. Climbs can vary in length and difficulty both indoors and outdoors.
Outdoor climbing is certainly more beautiful, though remote locations can make it more difficult to do on a regular basis and you have to own your own equipment as well as have a climbing partner.
What to Expect
As you begin to rock climb, your body will be forced into some positions you’ve probably never been in before. Because rock climbing is made up of a series of reaches with both your hands and feet, new climbers report sore forearms, hands, fingers, and calf muscles.
Beginners will start with easier climbs, first learning how to tie the safety knots and fasten their harnesses and helmets. Only then are they ready to attempt to climb under the supervision and aid of a trained guide or instructor. There are a number of safety and equipment issues to be learned prior to climbing without guidance.
Whether you are a seasoned outdoor enthusiast or someone bored with the fitness center will find rock climbing is an excellent exercise alternative.
Sources and Rock Climbing Instructors, Guides and Gear
Mountain Project – Indoor Climbing Gym Directory