• How dangerous is indoor rock climbing?

    Best answer: On the whole, since it's a pretty tightly controlled environment, it's a pretty safe activity. That being said, injury and in one or two cases I'm aware of, fatality is possible. Again, as far as I'm aware, the fatalities were due to human error as are most of the injuries. This article on the BMC... show more
    Best answer: On the whole, since it's a pretty tightly controlled environment, it's a pretty safe activity. That being said, injury and in one or two cases I'm aware of, fatality is possible. Again, as far as I'm aware, the fatalities were due to human error as are most of the injuries.

    This article on the BMC website is a few years old now but has some decent stats: Experts release indoor climbing injury stats

    Obviously there are unsafe elements, most gyms would have walls high enough that if gear were to fail (highly unlikely) or errors were to be made by climbers then a fall could potentially lead to injury or death. The largest risk and the one hardest for the gym owners to control are the climbers themselves. Gyms have a different feel to your average local crag, they're easy to perceive casually and take safety for granted like it's guaranteed by some mysterious force when you walk through the entrance. You'll also get people climbing in gyms who have never climbed before and wouldn't have a clue what to do if you set them loose at a crag with all the equipment needed. The possibility of people with zero experience and climbing knowledge making mistakes is obviously fairly high but the gyms I've been to are very careful to manage those with little experience quite carefully. Also I am happy, as are most experienced climbers I know, to keep an eye on others at the gym - and the crag - and to politely point out any problems. I've lost count of the number of times I've alerted people to the fact that they aren't tied in properly or that the belayer doesn't have safe technique. Certainly it's not only limited to beginners, though. It's too easy as a long-time climber to become complacent, especially in the illusory safety of the gym and I've caught mates who've been climbing for years about to head off up a climb with a knot only half tied because they stopped part way through to chat to someone.

    Ultimately climbing is a dangerous sport and gyms do the best they can to make it as safe as possible and the stats do show that injuries and certainly fatalities are not very common. I read climbing news from a huge variety of sources and over the last ten years or so I really don't remember reading of more than 1 or 2 deaths in gyms.
    9 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • What is a basic list of gear needed for rock climbing?

    Best answer: The gear you need depends what type of climbing you would like to do. Bouldering: Shoes - a highly person specific choice. The first pair a new climber buys will bag out and be too loose. The second pair will be too tight and your third pair will finally be just right. I have no other advise to give other then... show more
    Best answer: The gear you need depends what type of climbing you would like to do.

    Bouldering:
    Shoes - a highly person specific choice. The first pair a new climber buys will bag out and be too loose. The second pair will be too tight and your third pair will finally be just right. I have no other advise to give other then just try shoes out. If you climb regularly you will go through two pairs a year anyway.
    Chalk bag - any will do, I'm fond of Arcteryx c80 because I have large hands.

    Sport climbing (outdoor)
    Harness - again a personal choice, just try them out.
    Belay device - get a ATC-guide (with a William Pat locking biner) (I'm partial to the Black Diamond ATC-guide). You can get away with just a regular ATC but if you get a ATC-guide you will be set for multi-pitch routes. Stay away from the GriGri until you get a good handle on how to use a ATC
    Rope - 60 meter dynamic around 10mm, I'm fond of ropes with a half way mark or two pattern ropes (for rappelling)
    Quick draws - get at least a dozen, brand is a personal choice (I like Petzl)
    Personal anchor - two dyneema slings and two light locking biners.

    Trad climbing
    Highly suggest asking in a local climbing forum. The trad load out depends on what you like to climb and where.
    4 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Need a solid folding knife for under 100$?

    Can you help me find a decent folder for under 100 dollars with these specifications: Need a strong lockup, liner locks are fine if it's a thick lock A good steel that will hold an edge, don't care that much about stainless, no 8cr13mov crap. Over a 3 inch blade, 3.5 would be best. Can go a bit over 100,... show more
    Can you help me find a decent folder for under 100 dollars with these specifications: Need a strong lockup, liner locks are fine if it's a thick lock A good steel that will hold an edge, don't care that much about stainless, no 8cr13mov crap. Over a 3 inch blade, 3.5 would be best. Can go a bit over 100, no more than 120 please
    5 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Is it illegal to climb water towers?

    Best answer: Idk. It's like one of those victimless crime laws if it is. If you want to climb a water tower n risk your life, be my guest. Who cares if it's illegal or not.
    Best answer: Idk. It's like one of those victimless crime laws if it is. If you want to climb a water tower n risk your life, be my guest. Who cares if it's illegal or not.
    10 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • Why do rock climbers climb?

    Best answer: So much of climbing for me is about the unknown. When all my senses are heightened, I have the most fun and am able to be fully immersed in the experience. I climb because It's a great excuse to explore (new places, new areas) It's never the same (even the same route will feel different every time you... show more
    Best answer: So much of climbing for me is about the unknown. When all my senses are heightened, I have the most fun and am able to be fully immersed in the experience.

    I climb because
    It's a great excuse to explore (new places, new areas)
    It's never the same (even the same route will feel different every time you climb it)
    It's problem solving (from a big picture to the most minute details of how to balance your weight or how to build an anchor)
    I am always learning (learning new skills excites me and the learning opportunities are endless while climbing, especially in the alpine)
    It can be done with a partner, and you instantly have a unique bond with that person (as you're trusting your life to them)
    It's a unique experience (even if we climb the same climb, we will feel very differently about the experience)
    It can put me "in the moment" (I have a hard time concentrating on one thing at a time, climbing helps me become present in the moment)
    I am a sucker for gear (trad climbing with all the gear jingling along with me makes me smile)

    After climbing for a few years I realized I don't enjoy "cragging" as much as most climbers. I am still fearful of falling and "pushing the grade" does not really excite me. I find it hard to become fully focused with one-pitch climbs. It is much easier for my fears to hold me back.

    I much prefer alpine and multi-pitch climbing--I like the added exercise of the approach, the remote feel, the togetherness with your partner and the rock, and the chance to explore a place where so few other people go.

    Final aside: I love all the other answers. I see elements of myself in all of them, even though some are written from a totally different angle.
    5 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • What would happen if you go mountain climbing with a home-made harness?

    Best answer: There wasn’t always commercially available climbing gear. People made harnesses out of old car seatbelts for example. So yes, you could also survive without injuries. But this is definitely one of those “don’t try this at home” things.
    Best answer: There wasn’t always commercially available climbing gear. People made harnesses out of old car seatbelts for example. So yes, you could also survive without injuries. But this is definitely one of those “don’t try this at home” things.
    4 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • How many rock climbers are there in the world?

    Best answer: A heck of a lot. Of course in Boulder, CO, as Jules Meyers pointed out, there’s going to be a large percentage of the population that climbs just because it’s Boulder and everybody there is so outdoorsy. I would think San Francisco and other places in California, and cities in New Mexico, and such would also have a... show more
    Best answer: A heck of a lot. Of course in Boulder, CO, as Jules Meyers pointed out, there’s going to be a large percentage of the population that climbs just because it’s Boulder and everybody there is so outdoorsy. I would think San Francisco and other places in California, and cities in New Mexico, and such would also have a lot of climbers.

    But even in pretty inconvenient places in the USA for rock climbing, like Missouri, there’s a decently size community of rock climbers. In Missouri, they don’t exactly have great climbing nearby, but they have a lot of climbing gyms in Kansas City and St Louis, and people tend to take trips to AK, CO, and the Ozarks to climb the “real stuff”. I would imagine this is also true of other places in the US where great outdoor climbing isn’t nearby.

    I don’t know how feasible it would be to come up with an accurate number. You are asking, not in the US, but in the World - well, Rock climbing sounds like it’s fairly popular in Thailand, South America, Western and Eastern Europe, Japan always sends some competitors to the international competitions, some people in China have jobs where rock climbing is a big part of what they do…

    A LOT of people climb. If you ask me, humans are built to climb - it’s in our DNA.
    6 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • Is rappelling a sport? Would you ever consider getting into it?

    Best answer: like an olympic sport ?? No, but there are some competitions. the problem with having a competition is the chance of injury if someone chooses to just jump.
    Best answer: like an olympic sport ?? No, but there are some competitions. the problem with having a competition is the chance of injury if someone chooses to just jump.
    4 answers · 2 months ago
  • How do you start mountain climbing and gain experience?

    I live in the UK, surrounded by flat land. I've climbed in the Scottish Highlands, but a hike is a more appropriate word, I just decided to climb in areas that I could because I found it more enjoyable. I'm not someone who wants to climb Everest and only Everest, if I could climb any mountain it would be... show more
    I live in the UK, surrounded by flat land. I've climbed in the Scottish Highlands, but a hike is a more appropriate word, I just decided to climb in areas that I could because I found it more enjoyable. I'm not someone who wants to climb Everest and only Everest, if I could climb any mountain it would be the Matterhorn or Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa, Zugspitze, Jungfrau, etc, really just the European Alps, a mountain range I've always loved, and I think that conquering these mountains would help make the Alps feel more personal to me. My only issue is that I'm from flat lands and I can't really climb anything, other than running around my street 15 times. How do I gain experience? this is something I'd really like to do.
    5 answers · 2 months ago
  • What something dangerous you did in the last five years?

    Best answer: I got pulled over once and the cop was hot. We'll he gave me a ticket for my headlights being out and I said I was on my way to get them fixed. He said you can fix them yourself. So me being me I said well you can come by later and play with them headlights if you want too! I laughed and his face got beat red.... show more
    Best answer: I got pulled over once and the cop was hot. We'll he gave me a ticket for my headlights being out and I said I was on my way to get them fixed. He said you can fix them yourself. So me being me I said well you can come by later and play with them headlights if you want too! I laughed and his face got beat red. A week later I seen him at a coffee shop and asked him out. He said yes!
    13 answers · 3 months ago
  • Can you go a whole day without climbing a tree?

    Can you go a whole day without climbing a tree?

    Best answer: I'm not sure. It might be challenging but it might be possible.
    Best answer: I'm not sure. It might be challenging but it might be possible.
    6 answers · 3 months ago
  • Will my son be affected by second hand smoke when we go rock climbing?

    This will be my first time free climbing with my 10 year old son. I like to smoke cigars while I'm climbing because it's relaxing and it's kind of habit now. But will the little bit of smoke that may waft his way cause him any harm?
    This will be my first time free climbing with my 10 year old son. I like to smoke cigars while I'm climbing because it's relaxing and it's kind of habit now. But will the little bit of smoke that may waft his way cause him any harm?
    7 answers · 3 months ago
  • Are 60 floors the same thing as flights of stairs?

    This may be a silly question, but if my iphone tells me that i went 60 floors is that 60 flights of stairs? is that the same as just climbing a 60 floor building? i am beginning training for a charity event where we will climb a 105 story building. i have been practicing by climbing 60 "floors" a day ... show more
    This may be a silly question, but if my iphone tells me that i went 60 floors is that 60 flights of stairs? is that the same as just climbing a 60 floor building? i am beginning training for a charity event where we will climb a 105 story building. i have been practicing by climbing 60 "floors" a day so far. so how am i doing? lol thanks everyone
    5 answers · 6 months ago
  • Will I be okay if I fall this far?

    Hey! I ve been doing a lot of rockclimbing recently, and on of my friends is trying to get me into "bouldering" (climbing without a harness or rope). The climb she wants me to do is around 20-25 feet tall, over like hard rock and some patches of grass. They re gonna have mats below us, but in some spots... show more
    Hey! I ve been doing a lot of rockclimbing recently, and on of my friends is trying to get me into "bouldering" (climbing without a harness or rope). The climb she wants me to do is around 20-25 feet tall, over like hard rock and some patches of grass. They re gonna have mats below us, but in some spots there ll just be rock beneath us. What would happen if I fell the 20-25 feet? What if I landed on my head or something?? Btw I m 5 foot 3 130 lbs but idk if that changes anything. Please, I m worried about landing on my head and dying or getting brain damage or something!!
    7 answers · 6 months ago
  • What size would a climbing wall need to be for a 2 year old?

    Best answer: 1.5 meter
    Best answer: 1.5 meter
    4 answers · 6 months ago