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Rock Climbing Safety Tips
Rock climbing is an adventurous activity, loved by adrenaline junkies around the world. However, without stringent safety practices, it can turn out to be extremely dangerous. Here are a few tips one can follow to accomplish the task safely...
Priyanka Kosta Sonkushre
Last Updated: Mar 19, 2018
Rock climbing is not child's play. One has to be very cautious when indulging in this activity. Even a slight mistake can cause serious injury, which may prove to be fatal. Several enthusiastic individuals have taken up this sport as it is highly challenging and allows a person to test his own limits. However, its increasing popularity has resulted in higher incidences of injuries pertaining to this sport. It is, therefore, imperative that one follows preset safety measures to ensure safe climbing.

Rock climbing can be performed either indoors or outdoors. Outdoor climbing is far more dangerous than indoor climbing because of the lack of additional protection for the climber. If you are interested in this adventurous activity, you can ensure protection by following the measures given below. For better understanding, we have segregated them as general and specific safety tips. General tips must be followed by indoor as well as outdoor climbers, whereas specific tips must be followed depending on whether the activity is performed on a rock wall or in a simulated climbing gym.
Rock Climbing: Play by the Rules
☞ Before the Activity
woman jogging outdoors
The first requirement for safe climbing is that you have to be mentally prepared and physically fit before beginning this exhaustive task. With a sound mind and body, it will be easier for you to handle difficult situations, thereby aiding you in escaping mishaps.
Climbing equipment
Purchase new equipment on your own and do not borrow it from others. Make sure you have purchased good quality equipment and backup materials to ensure protection. Cheap and low quality equipment can land you in trouble.
Climbing shoes
Select your climbing shoes with utmost care because uncomfortable shoes make climbing difficult. Look for shoes that provide proper grip when going up on a rock wall. It is wise to keep an extra pair of shoes so that you can change into them if the shoes you have put on gradually wear out.
Standing with climbing equipment
List all the necessary items you will require during the climbing session, and pack them appropriately so that you do not miss out anything. Even the smallest missed equipment can put your life in danger.
Tree lopping
Ensure that you have all the required knowledge about the climbing equipment. Having good equipment will not serve any purpose if you do not know how to use them at the right time.
Climbing in the bouldering
It is important to acquire the necessary skills and learn different climbing techniques to prepare yourself for handling difficult and dangerous situations. Learning the skills from a professional is something you must definitely do prior to taking up this activity. You can also practice climbing on different rock surfaces to sharpen your skills.
Two young women
Choose a climbing partner with similar experience. Someone who can lend a helping hand in tough situations and not be a burden due to lack of experience.
Three young women exercise
Maintaining balance is extremely essential during climbing. Practice exercises like the one-legged stand to improve your balance. Perform stretching exercises so as to prepare your body for the exhaustive task before you begin. This way you will condition the body and prevent the occurrence of sprains.
☞ During the Activity
Climbing helmet
Wear a helmet to protect yourself from loose rocks that may fall off and hit your head causing injury.
Couple deciding the climb route
Plan each move before making it on the rock wall. Having a clear picture in mind will land you at the right place safely.
Climber tying knot
Check the harness, rope, belay device, knots, and other equipment before climbing and also intermittently en route. Replace equipment whenever you feel they are not working properly or are worn out.
Rock climber and belayer
Be careful when climbing or belaying. Be responsible enough to be attentive, specially when belaying because of the risk involved. Any carelessness on your part may result in disastrous consequences.
Position of legs and rope
Maintain the position of the rope over your leg. Having it behind or on the sides can flip the climber upside down, causing serious head injury.
multiple anchor
Always use two or three anchors to keep you safe and alive. Remember, to sail through such an activity safely, it is better to have multiples of everything, starting right from anchors to knots in the rope.
checking hand and foothold
Ascertain the appropriateness of each hand and foothold before moving forward because loose rocks may make you fall.
Woman drinking water
Water is essential to keep you hydrated. So, do not neglect to drink water before and while performing this activity. Carry a bottle of water to prevent problems like blurry vision, dizziness, instability, etc. Facing any of these in the middle of nowhere is definitely not good.
Make it a habit to use complete and appropriate verbal commands like 'off-belay' and 'climbing' to maintain uniformity for easy understanding. Random commands can most likely land you in trouble due to misunderstanding between you and your partner.
Young family relax on a mountain ledge together
Be aware of your comfort level and limits. If, at any point, you feel that it is not possible to climb further, take a break and relax.
Pointers for Climbers
☞ Outdoor Rock Climbing
Weather forecast
Do not forget to inquire about the weather of the location where you have decided to go rock climbing.
woman looking at the mountain
Study the rock wall so that you know how it is, and decide the route you are going to take. A steep wall calls for a climbing technique that is quite different from what you would use with a dirt-filled rock wall. So, figure the technique you are going to use beforehand.
Always give the details of your trip to family and friends so that they are aware of where you are headed to, and are able to look for you if circumstances go wrong.
When climbing outdoors, you are likely to reach far heights on the rock wall. Avoid looking at the base because you may feel dizzy, and your balance might go for a toss.
snake between rocks
Look for creatures like snakes, lizards, insects, etc., that usually reside in rock crevices. If you encounter any of these, stay calm and alert, and do not provoke them to harm you.
helping each other to climb
Call for help from your companions if you face any problem when climbing.
Few Places for Outdoor Rock Climbing
☞ For Beginners
Peak in Alps
The Alps, France
Krabi area Thailand
Railay/ Krabi Area, Thailand
Ozark national park missouri United States
Ozark National Park, Missouri, USA
Great Langdale United Kingdom
Great Langdale, United Kingdom
Yosemite national park United States
Yosemite National Park, California, USA
☞ For Experts
Meteora Greece
Meteora, Greece
Las Torres Pantagonia Chile
Las Torres, Patagonia
Rocklands South Africa
Rocklands, South Africa
Ironclads range Colorado United States
The Ironclads Range, Colorado
Stolen Chimney Utah United States
The Stolen Chimney, Utah, USA
Indoor rock climbing on wall
☞ Indoor Rock Climbing
When bouldering indoors, stay in your designated area and do not cross the set height limit. You cannot ignore the chances of injury, even if there is mat below to protect you.
Bouldering climber on mat
Ensure the protective mat is right below you till you are done with the activity. Absent-minded fellow climbers may take it away before you are actually done, subjecting you to unexpected injury.
Couple rock climbing
Indoor climbing gives you the opportunity to get down of the rock wall and take breaks. So, make use of it when you feel like. This is specially helpful in regaining strength for new climbers.
Man teaching indoor climbing
Several experts and beginners participate together in indoor climbing gyms. Grab this opportunity to observe and learn how experts safeguard themselves during this task.
Some Climbing Gyms in USA
Indoor climbing gym
  • Stone Summit, Atlanta
  • Rocksport, Louisville
  • Stone Gardens, Seattle
  • Brooklyn Boulders, New York
  • Mesa Rim Climbing Center, California
It will also be wise to carry a first-aid kit in your bag pack to be able to provide emergency treatment. The above safety measures will definitely reduce the risk of mishaps, if followed religiously. Above all, to be able to reach heights safely, what a climber requires the most, is the confidence to make to it happen so as to emerge as a winner.