What You Need to Know

  • Trini Rock Climbers pride itself on having a Certified Instructor to teach you step by step with planned and simple to understand techniques.
  • Rock climbing requires you to be in pretty good physical shape. You’ll be using your legs and arms to haul yourself up the side of a wall or mountain. It is a sport that requires lots of preparation, practice, and concentration.
  • Gyms with rock climbing walls are a great place to begin training. You’ll get a feel for the amount of physical exertion you’ll need to expel, and you’ll get to test out different levels of expertise.
  • Once you’re comfortable with an indoor rock wall, you can move on to the great outdoors.
  • You need plenty of endurance for rock climbing, so you need to be fit.
  • You should do some mild running, swimming, or biking – even aerobic classes to build up your cardio-vascular fitness.
  • It’ll build up your stamina. You probably won’t realize this if you haven’t climbed before, but a large part of the sport involves hiking!
  • VERY important: stretch everything, especially your legs, arms, and fingers.
  • It may sound strange, but flexible fingers are a must.
  • When you’re grabbing for a ledge that’s only a centimeter wide, you’ll want finger flexibility.
    You also need to be strong enough to push yourself, or pull yourself, up a wall of rock, so some basic weight training would be useful.
  • One thing that many people don’t realize is that while rock climbing, you actually use your legs more than your arms, but since most people’s legs are stronger than their arms you shouldn’t have too much of a problem.
  • However you should spend equal amounts of time exercising both the upper and lower body.
  • The other thing to remember is that tying knots is a fundamental skill in rock climbing and takes practice, but you only need to know how to tie a couple types of knots, and it’s really easy to learn.

TRAINING

  • Knots matter. Before one can even start climbing an outdoor rock training you   should know how to tie a figure eight knot. This is what secures the climber’s harness to the climbing rope, so it’s important to master this one!
  •  Be aware of numbers. Rock walls aren’t colorful just for fun. The colors indicate different paths climbers can try, with each trail having a different level of difficulty.
  • Beginners can try only grabbing holds of a certain color, but placing their feet anywhere. More advanced climbers can try only using one color for both their hands and feet.
  • Remember to communicate. It’s important for the climber and belayer to be aware of what the other is doing, and tell each other what they need. For instance, the climber will say “on belay,” and wait until the belayer says “belay on.” The climber will say  “climbing” once they are ready, and begins when the belayer says “climb on.”
  • Chalk it up. You should have a chalk bag attached to your harness. The chalk helps you   grip the holds better when your hands start getting sweaty.
  •  It’s not all about the arms. You may think that you would primarily primarily be using   your arms for climbing. However, the smartest way to climb is by using a lot of leg strength to push yourself up, rather than pull.
  • Don’t overexert yourself. Try to make a bunch of smaller moves, rather than several big ones. Stretching for bigger moves will use up more energy than necessary.
  • Be creative. Rock climbing is like a puzzle; you need to figure out where to put your hands and feet in order to get to the top in the quickest and easiest way possible.
  • Take advantage of the rock wall itself, not just the holds. Try putting your hands on the    same hold, if possible, or switch feet by shuffling one to the other if necessary.
  • Take a break. Don’t be afraid to just let go of the wall and “hang” if you’re getting tired.  It’s not a race to get to the top.