Indoor rock climbing has grown substantially in popularity over the years, evolving from a training tool for outdoor climbers to a standalone sport and recreational activity. Whether you’re a seasoned climber or a curious beginner, indoor climbing can offer a fun and challenging experience. Here’s a basic overview:
1. Types of Indoor Climbing:
Bouldering: Climbing on short walls (usually around 10-20 feet high) without ropes. Falls are cushioned by thick mats. It emphasizes power, technique, and problem-solving.
Top Roping: Climbing higher walls while attached to a rope that passes over an anchor at the top of the wall and then back down to a belayer on the ground. The belayer takes in slack as the climber ascends and can catch the climber if they fall.
Lead Climbing: Climbing while periodically attaching oneself to fixed points on the wall. This requires more experience because of the potential for longer falls and the need for advanced rope-handling skills.