20 Dec 2017
Cyprus Girls Can had great fun at the Indoor Climbing Open Day at Mountain Sports & Rescue CY! We did a combination of Bouldering and top rope climbing :)
*WHAT IS BOULDERING?* Bouldering is the most pure form of climbing. Indoors it involves scaling manmade walls and following routes marked out by different coloured climbing holds. You are not attached by a rope, but don’t worry, the walls are relatively low – it’s more about the skill than the height – and the floor is covered in protective crash mats, just in case you do fall. Bouldering requires very little equipment (you don’t need any of the usual rock climbing gear, just a pair of climbing shoes, and your own mats if you’re heading outside) and not a great deal of technical knowledge, making it one of the most accessible sports you’ve probably never thought of trying. Over a long climbing session you can work on your stamina, but shorter climbs are all about power, and you’ll find that you get a good total body workout as your arms, legs and core will all be engaged throughout. It can actually be a good workout for the brain too, as you’ll need to concentrate while you climb, and working out routes is great for building problem-solving skills. The element of risk makes for a rewarding experience and I find it a lot more fun than lifting weights.
* WHAT IS TOP ROPE CLIMBING?* Top rope climbing (or top roping) is a style in climbing in which the climber is securely attached to a rope which then passes up, through an anchor system at the top of the climb, and down to a belayer at the foot of the climb.