Get into Active Zone - Climbing
Climbing is a fun and challenging sport which can be easy to get into, with many indoor and outdoor climbing walls throughout the UK and abroad.
Despite the adrenaline, physical exertion and possible fear factor; climbing on artificial climbing walls is actually exceedingly safe.
You'll just need to be shown how to climb safely with the correct equipment and have a competent person or automated system to “belay” you (hold your rope).
If you are a total novice it is best to try and make contact with a local climbing wall, or climbing club; many of which offer taster sessions or one off bookings if you want to try out the activity to see if you like it.
Once you have got the climbing “bug” you can learn how to belay others, plan challenging routes and have a fun and exciting time.
You do not even need to have any of your own kit to begin with, making it a cheap activity to try. Most climbing facilities will have all the equipment you need. Safety is always very important at climbing walls so it will all be fully tested and safe to use.
If you are with someone competent at belaying you could try some outdoor natural rock climbs when you feel confident. Although sticking to artificial walls is also fun and can be challenging.
Frequent practice is a good way of building fitness and helping your hands, fingers and arms develop to support your weight whilst you are climbing.
Active Zone Climbing can enable participants to build muscle, get fit, overcome a fear of heights, develop team work and communication skills and challenge yourself in a safe but exciting environment.