There are few endeavours in this world that bring as much to the table as rock climbing. It tests your physical endurance to its absolute limit and pushes your mental resilience beyond all of its usual boundaries. There are many other sports that are considered extreme, but no others that will challenge you to scale the sheer face of a cliff.
The best thing about it is that the world is your apparatus and it’s right on your doorstep. Below I’ve listed 5 reasons why I think you should look into rock climbing today.
It’s one of those things in life that many of us neglect all too often as we find ourselves absorbed in work and at play with non-physical hobbies. We fill our spare time with TV and the internet and forget all about how important taking care of our bodies is.
One solution is to fill your spare time doing something that’s not only fun, but incredibly beneficial for your body. Rock climbing meets this requirement better than any other sport as it works more or less every muscle in the body as well as improving your cardiovascular performance over time.
2. The Great Outdoors
Possibly the best argument for taking up this activity is the fact that you can do this out in the world. Climbing walls are absolutely fantastic for practice and strength training, but you haven’t lived until you’ve climbed what looks like an insurmountable cliff face on your own.
One of my personal favorite places to climb is Wales as they have some of the most challenges crags in the UK. Have a look at Visit Wales’ site to get a better idea of where you might want to go – They’ve also got some great ideas for other activity weekend breaks in general should you want to mix it up.
3. Mental Resilience
Just when you thought you couldn’t climb any higher, you take a look down and realise that the way down is a lot further than the way up. You have no choice but to press on. The adrenaline plus your own will power will edge you to your goal foot by foot.
Rock climbing tests your mind just as much as your body, as much of the physical strength you thought you didn’t have you’ll discover up a cliff when you can’t turn back. When your body fails, you have to turn inwards to find the strength to get to the top.
4. Conquer Your Fear
Once you’ve been 50 feet up a cliff or on an indoor climbing wall there’s not a lot that will scare you. It’s said that when you face a great fear all other fears seem trivial, and what more common fear is there than than the fear of heights?
The sense of accomplishment, as a thrill seeker, when you get to the top and the sense of relief when you come back down complement one another in the most profound ways. Challenge yourself and see how high you can climb!