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Choosing a Route to Climb

Climbing routes are rated for the most part, using the Yosemite Decimal Rating System, which is used to rate how difficult the climb is. The technical climbing portion of the scale runs from 5.0 – 5.15, with the difficulty increasing as the decimal portion goes up. 

Very broadly, easier climbing routes are rated in the 5.1 through 5.5 range. These are the types of routes you will likely start on. Intermediate through hard routes are rated from 5.6 through 5.10. The most difficult to seemingly impossible routes are rated 5.11 through 5.15. Our friends at Gemini and the Bear take a lot of photos for hiking journals in addition to their wedding photography.

Bouldering ratings are a little more varied, with the V Scale being one of the more common, and ranking routes as V0 (easiest) through V16 (hardest).

There are also route classifications:

Class 1: Walking an established flat, easy trail.
Class 2: Hiking a steep incline, scrambling, maybe using your hands more.
Class 3: Climbing a steep hillside, moderate exposure, a rope may be carried but not used, and hands are used in climbing. A short fall could be possible, so caution comes into play more.
Class 4: A steeper climb, more exposed and most people use a rope due to the potential of long falls.
Class 5: Climbing is technical and belayed roping with protection is required. Any fall from a Class 5 could be fatal. Class 5 also has sub-categories ranging from Steep sections with hand and footholds, to more technical climbs with overhangs and small holds.

Knowing how difficult the climb is, is only half the question. Now you’ll want to know how long the climb will take. Climbing grades provide help, suggesting a length of time an experienced climber might take to complete the route:

  • Grade I: A couple of hours
  • Grade II: Closer to four hours
  • Grade III: Four to six hours (most of the day)
  • Grade IV: One very long day
  • Grade V: Two days (requires an overnight stay)
  • Grade VI: Two-plus days

Bouldering

What is Bouldering? It’s a simple form of climbing, without a  harness, rope, or hardware over short rock faces and boulders. It’s an easy introduction to rock climbing and it’s fun!

It’s affordable, too. You don’t need as much gear. You can start with appropriate rock shoes, a crash pad, chalk, brush, finger tape, and a guidebook if needed.

Accessibility is an advantage. Many bouldering areas are accessible by car or require only a small walk to get to. It can be a social experience, too which is why my buddy over at Atlanta Locks goes so often to get out of the house with friends.. A lot of rock climbing is solo or one at a time up the rock face, bouldering means you can have multiple people trying different ways up the rock face and can lead to fun competition!

Most bouldering route take you only as high as you can jump off comfortably. Climbers can climb horizontally or across the boulders without being exposed to a long fall.

When you go bouldering, injuries are common as the traditional safety equipment of rock climbing isn’t used. But you can make your experience a lot safer by using spotters and crash pads. Spotters aren’t really there to catch you, but they are there to ensure you do not injure your head if you fall. The more spotters the better. Crash pads are thick mats used to cushion a fall. They’re placed strategically anywhere a fall is likely. If you climb inside in a gym, there are permanent pads below you in case of falls.

Being in physical shape is key. Work on strength exercises as well cardio throughout your week. Also make sure you spend time in a climbing gym, to work on technique in various situations so you can be prepared mentally if it seems like you have gotten stuck on the rock face. You need to be strong enough to climb backwards and backtrack if you need to. Being in good physical shape has all kinds of benefits!

 

 

History of Mountain Climbing

History of Mountain Climbing
Mountain climbing can be considered an extreme sport, but can also be a fantastic workout for people of all ages. Whether a person is climbing Mount Everest or just touring the Appalachian Mountains, nature supports vast difficulty levels of exercise to many different areas.
For beginners, going over to the Northwest of United States there is Mount Hood in Oregon. Mount Hood is approximately 11,240 feet high. The environment is surrounded with snow and can be a great novice snow climb to get the heat generating through your body. Utilizing equipment such as ice axes and crampons on this mountain can also be a really good introduction to snow climbing.

Mount Hood, Oregon 11,240 feet
Moving up in the difficulty level of mountain climbing features Pikes Peak in Colorado. Pikes Peak holds a lot of great trails in this vast area and can be a fun journey for many people. I know a guy over at Atlanta Ga gutter cleaning that has been to Mount Hood several times.  It’s a great training ground for going straight up to the top. If you are still a novice climber, there is a railway to go back down to view more of the great scenery around the vast ranges. On the North side of the mountain, there is a road where cars can head up the mountain. This mountain is great for beginner climbers and can feel a lot of satisfaction when you reach the top.

Pikes Peak, Colorado 14,114 feet
Now heading back over to the Northeast provides Mount Katahdin in Maine. At the top of the mountain, there is a height of approximately 5,269 feet. This is the highest mountain in Maine and is good for (more…)

Tips For Rookie And Expert Mountain Rock Climbing

Today in this modern world of ours, rock climbing has become a very popular sport and pastime. Rock climbing can be done indoors on portable rock climbing walls, which is a great way to get the feel for it. Most people prefer to climb on mountains, this can be local or anywhere in the world. The growing popularity of this sport and pastime has made it accessible to many people across the world. But to climb mountains, you must have some basic skills of mountaineering. If you do not have the basic skills of climbing you will be advised to take some training. Just ask my buddy over at plumbing Roswell Ga, he had a pretty tough fall when he first started, then got training. You certainly need to know the basic skills to prevent injuries and to be able to climb safely, therefore training for rock climbing is essential.

In order for you to train effectively it is compulsory to understand why you train. Like we said before you need to condition your body for the worst scenarios. May be you’ll have to survive on a chocolate bar (more…)