According to a research, the number of injuries encountered during rock climbing is rising rapidly. Among these injuries, about 70% are alone due to falling. While we must realize that reducing the injuries to 0 is not possible, having a reduction certainly is. Today, we will be looking at five safety tips for rock climbing.
Know the basics
The first thing for every climber is to know the basics of rock climbing and understand the risks. Rock climbing is all about endurance, stamina, and balance. It requires to be alert both physically and mentally. If you are a beginner, it’s better to practice rock climbing inside. Below are the five safety tips every new and experienced rock climber should follow:
- Check your gear:
A climber must bring with himself enough gear and the right gear. The best climbing equipment may cost you a few extra bucks but would be totally worth your safety. Check the following:
- Your harnesses should be double backed
- The knots should be tied properly both at the leg loop and the waist loop
- Protect your head by always having a climbing helmet
- Rope is properly threaded through the belay device
- Your rope should be long enough to reach the anchor
- Your climbing holds are placed at the right angle and fixed.
- Always climb the length that you are supposed to:
You should never climb higher than the length you are supposed to climb. If you are indoor rock climbing then you will be told about the specific areas assigned for bouldering and belaying. It will hurt you if you go above the length during bouldering.
- Take help from and watch experienced climbers do the job:
Never seek company of an inexperienced person if you are new to rock climbing. Climb in groups and have a leader who knows the path well. If any person in your group is not comfortable with the path you are going to take then reconsider your decision and think again.
Watch live or online videos of experienced climbers, it will help you establish and improve your own technique.
- Pay attention:
Do no use your mobile phones during climbing. Pay attention to the path ahead of you. Use symbols to communicate with your group members. Follow the commands set by your leader.
- Practice falling:
Falling is inevitable. It is better to practice falling a few times in the presence of your leader. The safest fall is away from the rocks.Practice will make you a better climber with the passage of time. If you want to be a pro climber, never be afraid to re-attempt. Take breaks to recover and be patient.