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Posts Tagged ‘xtreme sport’
I’ve discussed most things now about the basics of rock climbing but I haven’t mentioned one of the most important things of all: PLANNING AND PATIENCE.
“Boring”, I hear you say, but these two elements are crucial to rock climbing. Think of it as a game of chess – you have to think ahead, you have to know exactly where you are going to plant your hands and feet after each move, and you need to know how to stay safe throughout the climb.
“And so how do I do all this – in advance”, I hear you say again…
Well, here are some tips:
- Look DOWN to find footholds and UP to find hand-holds. You may use the same hold as both a handhold and a foothold.
- Move smoothly, and try not to employ unneeded motions, as this will use significant energy (and possibly make you lose your balance).
- Look for footholds at a normal stepping distance. Lofty steps are often strenuous, but small steps waste energy.
- If possible, choose hand-holds at head height. Holding hands above the head is more tiring.
- To begin, always have contact with the rock in three places, two feet and a hand or two hands and a foot.
- Try to use your legs and not your arms when possible. Your legs are stronger than your arms, and they already support your body naturally.
So, learn how to climb correctly and trust your gear. Yes, clinging to a rock a hundred feet above the ground is scary, but the feeling you’ll get when you reach the top is indescribable. Don’t forget your camera!
This video, although it jumps around a little, is ideal for demonstrating the climb.
Or it may just be a rip off of some long gone genius of the 16th/17th century, better known as William Shakespeare! – no it poses a serious question. WHat you do does not actually have to be extreme in the sense that you know what is behind this blog – extreme sports – but the question i pose is more base – do you in this 21st century – do or not – sport i mean. It seems to me that in this extremely privileged world that we in the west are lucky enough to inhabit this internet revolution, and here i should include TV, is having a massive effect on the way we live. More than ever there would appear to be a distinctive division between those who do and those who don’t – participate in sport i mean. Who am i to determine whether this is a good thing or bad, what will be the consequences of this internet revolution – will there be a massive hangover? I guess I feel there are too many hours being spent by too many people in front of some form of visual display unit or another rather than being out there keeping one of our most prcious organs, the heart, well and healthy. I’m not saying that what you do ‘out there’ has to be extreme, that is for those who like to live their lives slighty closer to the edge than most normal balanced people – and that gives us all enjoyment, whether you are ‘out there’ or in front of your VDU – but i really hope that the power of the VDU drug is not so addictive as to make us all rather impersonal and probably unhealthy. The great thing about the above is that i realise that I’m becoming a hypocrite and if there is one person i despise in life it would have to be the hypocrite – oh well I’ll just have to go and ride a cow round Aintree tomorrow – only joking!
In a national survey commissioned by AKSA (American Kite Surfing Association) kite surfing, a relatively new sport in North America, is ranked as the top extreme sport! According to Logan Long, a co-founder of AKSA, “it’s just .. the biggest adrenaline rush available”, and Cathi Long, another co-founder, adds “kite surfers are simply the sexiest athletes”!