For those climbing a rock wall for the first time, the sport can be a rewarding and exhilarating experience. As rock climbing walls and gyms have spread across the world, more and more people have discovered how much fun it can be, as well as how it can be a fantastic workout for your entire body. At Santa’s Village, we have our very own 24-foot tall rock-climbing wall in our Sportsland area. Most if not all of those who come and give it a try have never rock climbed before, but with our help, we’ll have you climbing safely and comfortably in no time. Like with any new sport, it takes a bit of time to get used to rock climbing, and there are a few things you should know before you start.
You Will Be Glad You Wore Pants
Though you might expect that shorts would be the best option, most rock climbers prefer to wear long pants that are comfortable and flexible. When rock climbing, you will be wearing a harness that holds you by the waist, and this can become uncomfortable if you aren’t wearing pants. In addition, you will be swinging into the wall from time to time, and pants can give your knees a little bit more protection from getting small cuts and scrapes. Though there are special shoes made specifically for rock climbing, a comfortable pair of sneakers will do just fine for your first time.
You’ll Be Harnessed and Belayed
The thing that most people worry when they rock climb, both newcomers and experts, is losing their grip and falling. However, you should know that you will be very safe as you slowly climb the rock. Rock climbing walls use a belaying system, where a partner at the base of the wall will watch you and will stop you from falling whenever you lose your grip. You harness will keep you safe, so that you can relax and confidently scale the wall.
You Will Be Very Tired
Some people underestimate just how difficult and how physically taxing rock climbing can be. After your first time, your legs, core, and arms will be exhausted. If you don’t feel it when you finish, you’ll surely feel it the next day! One key to getting through your first session without getting too tired is to remember to use your legs. All rock climbers rely on their legs to get themselves up the rock. You should use your arms and hands to maintain your balance, but they should not be used to pull you up. If you use them too much, they will definitely be sore by the time you get to the top.
Give It A Try
Rock climbing is an amazing sport and pastime, and there’s actually so much more to learn and understand about the experience and the technique. After trying the rock-climbing wall at Santa’s Village, you may get hooked. Of course, you’re invited to come back as often as you like and climb again! We’d love to hear about your first time experiences on our Facebook Page!