The best climbing rock wall is no doubt in Yosemite National Park. Yosemite is a huge draw to rock climbers. I have put together a couple of great videos for you to watch of places to climb. Join in or bring your binoculars to watch!
El Capitan is one of the most popular rocks to climb in the United States. It is the largest piece of solid granite in the world. It stands 3,600 feet tall. There are several routes to choose from when climbing El Capitan. When you are climbing El Capitan, it is located in a way that many park visitors can watch you with their binoculars.
Climbers can climb the North American Wall or the Wall of the Early Morning Light. Some climbs take as little as 24 hours, but most spend a few days conquering El Capitan.
Just about every continent has great climbing rock walls. So what exactly is the draw to rock climbing?
Mountain climbing is one of the most heart pounding outdoor sports there is. When some people look at a picture of a huge smooth mountain, it just gets them excited. You can't climb without instruction. And it can take years to work up to the big climbs. It is sport that will keep you in top physical shape while having fun.
Climbing Cathedral Peak in Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park:
Climbing rock walls requires some basic training. It will take only a few days to a few weeks for most beginners to get a hang of it. Mountain climbing is risky, even dangerous.
Learning to tie some basic knots is among the first skills that you will need to learn. Learn and practice. I think it's the best way to get good at something. Climbing is one sport that you can learn just by reading. You have to get out and do it. Your gear will be ropes and harnesses, belay devices, protection gear, hexes and cams.
It is important to learn to dress properly for this sport. Wear what you want when you are learning. But when you get good enough to climb a mountain, the right shoes, pants, shirt and jacket will be very important. You will want protective clothing that is lightweight and durable that will guard against the elements.
Pushing yourself is great. It is one of the reasons people love climbing rock walls. A dumb mistake will cost you your life. Part of doing well in this sport is knowing how to pace yourself so that you don't get sick when you climb to higher attitudes. You will also need to learn first aid for when you get hurt.
Learning the mountain is a common phrase among climbers. This means you need to know everything you can about the mountain you are climbing, the current weather conditions and the routes that you'll be taking. Basic climbing principles can pertain to an easy climb or a difficult climb. But just because
the principles are the same, doesn't mean you can make one climb over another. Know all the factors there is to know before climbing.
As you begin to get good at climbing, you will like one kind of climbing over another. What appeals to one climber may not appeal to another. And that is just fine. Climb in the style and place that makes you happy.
Climbing rock walls covered in ice is terribly difficult. It is for a select few and it is dangerous. It takes years to have the skills to ice climb. But it is fascinating to watch others do it. One can travel the world climbing different famous landmarks.
As you learn to climb, you will be inspired by some of the greatest rock climbers who climb around the world. It is an adventure that will challenge you to try more than you ever thought possible. Rock climbing is one enjoyable, rewarding and tough sport.