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Casually Explained: Rock Climbing

Climbing to New Heights: Exploring the Different Types of Rock Climbing and Safety Measures

  • Rock climbing is an intimidating yet rewarding activity
  • It can be done in various ways, such as free soloing, aid climbing, traditional climbing, bouldering and ice climbing
  • These activities vary greatly in their levels of risk
  • Safety equipment such as helmets, harnesses and ropes should be used to help prevent injury
  • Advanced climbers train all of their fingers while beginners focus on grip strength
  • Campusing is a technique which involves using only hands and upper body to climb a route.

Exploring the Costs and Benefits of a Rock Climbing Lifestyle

  • When rock climbing, one must remember to file down their nails to avoid damaging them
  • Dress appropriately to fit in with the other climbers
  • There is a cost associated with being a lifelong climber
  • And injuries can be solved using climbing tape.

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uh hey guys just remember the answer tomy password recovery questionum sorry I haven't posted in a whileI've been working on a bit of a longerproject that should be done in a couplemonths but in the meantime I have lotsmore content that's coming out soonwhile rock climbing might seem like apretty self-explanatory concept like alot of sports if you've never Rockclimbed before it could be intimidatinggoing to a gym for the first time andnot being able to even hold the firstJug on the easiest climb this is whyit's important to know the what SWAT andthe do's and don'ts of how climbing issupposed to be done so you can checkyourself and avoid feeling attacked byonlookers giving you unsolicited yetpolite encouragement now to start withthe most famous type of rock climbing weof course have free soloing which isclimbing outdoor rock faces with no gearat all except your shoes pants no shirtobviously maybe your chalk bag if youhappen to remember it that day whenanyone talks about free soloing they alltalk about Alex Honnold who climbed thisbad boy without a rope most people don'tknow why you would feel compelled to dothat but if you ever climb to the top ofthe playground with no help you knowyou've been chasing that Dragon fordecades free soloing is one of the mostfulfilling types of rock climbingbecause you're basically guaranteed todie doing what you love which isavoiding all social responsibility freesouling is of course respected as one ofthe coolest forms of rock climbingbecause when we see a guy who repeatedlyrisks his own AI for what he's deeplypassionate about we all think the samething I can fix him for this reason anyvariation on free souling thatincorporates outside assistance is knownin the community as aid for example ifyou use a harness with an Ascender andLadder system to help you up the climbthis is such Aid it is literally knownas Aid climbing it must be avoided atall costs if you're truly committed tobecoming one with the wall some peopledo what's called Trad or traditionalclimbing which is climbing those sameBig Cliff faces but using a harness andrope in case they fall where theytypically Place anchors on the route onthe way up and their trailing partnertakes them out as they follow behindthem this however isn't real climbing ofcourse because having a friend to goclimbing with is clearly Aid in thewords of Alex Arnold I started freesouling in part because I was tooanxious to ask other climbers to belayme now that's climbing then we havebouldering which is one of the mostpopular types of climbing and mypersonal favorite consisting of shorttechnical climbs that are done withnothing but chalk climbing shoes and abeanie bouldering along with freesoloing is the only type of outdoorclimbing where climbers don't usuallywear helmets because a helmet obviouslyisn't going to help much if you'refalling off El Capitan but if a boulderwere false they only fall a few feetmeaning when you Bonk your head withouta helmet onto the forest floor yourmemory will be completely erased soevery attempt can be considered anon-site at the end of the day the twodisciplines are pretty similar becausefree soloing is just one really bigboulder problem if you've ever doneindoor low Ascent free swelling and agirl sees you find a knee bar on theoverhang V5 you and Alex Honnold arepractically the same person he just hasa bit more endurance we of course haveice climbing which is where climberscontinually Ascend Frozen waterfalls byrepeatedly pressing up B and throwingtheir partner 10 to 15 feet ahead ofthem until they Summit while that isadmittedly impressive if you've everlooked at a frozen waterfall you'llnotice one thing right away there isn'tany rocks in fact there aren't any jugspinches slopers or even cracks there'sjust one big sheet of ice and you get anice pick to make your own holds and Iknow you're thinking what I'm thinkingbeing able to afford to go ice climbingis clearly Aid you at least get coolspiky crampons that are designed tostick into the wall when you lose yourgrip so when you fall you immediatelybreak both your ankles and have to callthe helicopter to rescue you again it isextremely important that everyone triesice climbing once so you can then telleveryone you've been ice climbing wealso have competition speed climbingwhich is a very Niche form of climbingwhere you climb an internationallystandardized route as fast as possible alot of criticism has been brought tospeed climbing because of its inclusionin the Olympics where you have tocompete in speed climbing bouldering andLead climbing and then your combinedscore is what puts you on the podiumbecause almost no climbers actuallytrain speed climbing normally it's a bitlike a javelin included a cheeky pintand a leg of darts or the Olympicsdidn't just count how many gold medalseach country won but also showed thebody count each country's athletesracked up in the Olympic Village one ofthe best known facts in rock climbing isthat taking your shirt off increasesyour power level by two Boulder greatthis is why I climb with a baseball capinstead of a beanie so I can turn itbackwards if I need an extra boost thisis often combined with a techniquecalled campusing which is when you climba route using only your hands and upperbody it's usually done around newclimbers and your casual friends tosuggest you could still out climb themeven if you were a paraplegic now thebig difference between a big beginnerclimber and an advanced climber is thatbeginner's train their fingers so theycan improve their grip strength andclimb harder grades of climbs whereasAdvanced climbers make sure they trainall their fingers because two of themare always injured but they refuse totake time off from climbing one of thegreat upsides of rock climbing is thatif you do it long enough you gain thepower to easily take toast out of thetoaster without feeling anything becauseyour finger is almost completely callousover a lot of people suggest using apumice stone to file them down but thelast time I did that someone asked me ifI was projecting my V3 and I have yet torecover from that if you've ever been toa rock climbing gym with a lot of toproping you'll notice they're oftenreally popular date spots but one of thethings to keep in mind is that you'llreally mess up your nails if they're notfiled down that means if you meet a girland want to ask if she'd like to comeand be your belay partner you have toremember my Golden Rule long nails meansher day would be ruined and short nailsmeans she's probably just a thoughtfullesbian so better to keep your eyespeeled for a better opportunity andstick to the auto belay instead if youmake it out to a Climbing Gym you needto keep in mind there are three types ofpeople the entire gym stops to watchFitness influencers and leggings whohave just discovered the Synergy betweenyoga pants and a harness the guy who'seasily three times heavier than his fivefoot tall girlfriend who didn't tie intothe floor anchor and the shreddedshirtless guy who's about to flash thehardest problem in the gym then wanderoff aimlessly to do some Wing ChunShadow Jutsu and grab the kilter board acouple times before leaving and neverbeing seen again if you do decide to tryyourself it's also important to look thepart but this is where it gets trickybecause if you just assume well I guessI'll just dress like everyone else andwear a beanie Patagonia shirt nyloncargo pants North Face Fleece and aGore-Tex soft shell you couldn't bewalking a more dangerous line becausealthough to you it would appear You'resimply another zebra in the PacificNorthwestern herd you're literally onefatal mistake away from an overlyfriendly 30 year old with form tattoosand a mustache buying you an IPA andtelling you about Whistler so pay veryclose attention to the crucial detailsof the outfit big beanie meanssnowboarder normal beanie means rockclimber tiny beanie mean skateboarderokay you should be safe now slap on sometiny colorful shoes that turn your feetinto croissants and equip your glassesto catch anyone on the ceiling checkingyou out but remember if you're lookingto become a lifelong climber there's anultimate price you'll have to pay andthat price is the ludicrous annual gymmembership don't be surprised if youneed a second job just to fund theclimbing fees in your cocaine bag alonethe last Golden Rule of rock climbingthat you must remember at all times isthat there is no injury that can't besolved with climbing tape torn tendonpeeled callus broken finger sunburn allyou have to do is wrap it around theaffected area and never let a doctorlook at it if James Franco had someclimbing tape in 127 Hours he could havejust taped his arm back on and climbedout well that would have saved him fromhaving to go to the hospital I shouldpoint out that the ascent obviouslywouldn't have counted as having two armsis clearly Aidforeign[Music]