Safety Rules in Rock Climbing

Safety Rules in Rock Climbing
Rock climbing is a sport that Americans are embracing to such an extent that gyms dedicated to the hobby are opening their doors around the nation. This hobby is a mix between extreme sport and afternoon fun, making it perfect for the whole family. Basic safety rules in rock climbing prevent accidents from happening, and it is crucial that each member of a rock climbing party is aware of the rules and also commits to following them while climbing.

Basic Safety Rules in Rock Climbing

Remember that injury---and perhaps even death---is a very real danger in rock climbing. To this end it is vital that each participant in a rock climbing party commits to be sober, not impaired by medication, and able to fully participate in the climb. Each participant also commits not to roughhouse or engage in teasing and physical acting out that may endanger any member of the party.


Use Approved Gear

Do not try to harness or belay devices but instead only use gear and equipment that is in good working order and meets basic standards set forth by the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation. This prevents any sudden mishaps and also puts a stop to unexpected emergencies that might endanger other climb participants who must then shoulder more than their own weight to keep another climber safe.


Use Safety Gear

Bring along proper rock climbing footwear and also a helmet. Even if you only plan on climbing at a gym, having the proper climbing shoes is a must to prevent any accidents that could shut down a climbing wall for a prolonged period of time.


Practice Safety Before and During Climbs

Warm up before starting your climb. Limber muscles and tendons make the initial 10 to 20 minutes a lot more enjoyable and greatly diminish the risk of injuries. Choose the most expert rock climber of the group to be the leader. While taking turns is a nice gesture, it can seriously jeopardize the overall safety of the group if a novice is charged with leading the climb.


Know Your Limits

Call off a climb if you realize that the rock face is beyond your capabilities and comfort. Moreover, if during the climb you notice that you are becoming overly exerted to the point of being at risk of injuring tendons or muscles, it is time to signal to the group that a break and perhaps a descend are in order. Be mindful of your body and become aware of any signs that signal when normal fatigue gives way to muscle weakness or advanced exhaustion.


Article Written By Sylvia Cochran

Based in the Los Angeles area, Sylvia Cochran is a seasoned freelance writer focusing on home and garden, travel and parenting articles. Her work has appeared in "Families Online Magazine" and assorted print and Internet publications.

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