Rock Climbing

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< SECTION 1 OF 2 > Rock climbing Rock climbing is a sport in which participants climb up or across natural rock formations or artificial rock walls. The goal is to reach the summit of a formation or the endpoint of a pre-defined route without falling. Rock climbing competitions have objectives of completing the route in the quickest possible time or the farthest along an ever increasingly harder route. Rock climbing is similar to scrambling (another activity involving the scaling of hills and similar formations), but climbing is generally differentiated because of the use of hands to support the climber’s weight, as well as to provide balance. Climbs can occur either outdoors on varying types of rock or indoors on specialized climbing walls. Outdoors, climbs usually take place on sunny days when the holds are dry and provide the best grip, but climbers can also attempt to climb at night or in adverse weather conditions if they have the proper training and equipment. However, night climbing or climbing in adverse weather conditions will increase the difficulty and danger on any climbing route. Rock climbing is a physically and mentally demanding sport, one that often tests a climber’s strength, endurance, agility, and balance, along with his mental control. It can be a dangerous sport and knowledge of proper climbing techniques and usage of specialized climbing equipment is crucial for the safe completion of routes. Because of the wide range and variety of rock formations around the world, rock For more information see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_climbing Licensed under the CC-BY-SA: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ PassageBank Passage provided under license from PassageBank.com. Use and duplication is restricted to licensees only. < SECTION 2 OF 2 > climbing has been separated into several different styles and sub-disciplines. While not an Olympic event, rock climbing is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as a sport. Basically, rock climbing involves climbing a route with one’s own hands and feet and little more than a cushioned bouldering pad in the way of protection. This style of climbing is referred to as bouldering, since the relevant routes are usually found on boulders no more than 10 to 15 feet tall. As routes get higher off the ground, the increased risk of life- threatening injuries necessitates additional safety measures. A variety of specialized climbing techniques and climbing equipment exists to provide that safety. Climbers will usually work in pairs and utilize a system of ropes and anchors designed to catch falls. Ropes and anchors can be configured differently to suit many styles of climbing, and roped climbing is thus divided into further sub-types that vary based on how their belay systems are set up. Beginners start with top roping and/or easy bouldering and work their way up to lead climbing and beyond. For more information see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_climbing Licensed under the CC-BY-SA: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ PassageBank Passage provided under license from PassageBank.com. Use and duplication is restricted to licensees only.

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