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It actually looks very easy. The feet seem to be glued to the tiny steps, the body is tense, the fingers of the left hand clasp a narrow handle at head height, the right hand seeks support on a small ledge. Then the climber slowly shifts his body weight to one foot and climbs higher. The vertical movements seem playfully easy. But the attempt to try the climbing route yourself shows the real difficulty. The strength and climbing technique are not enough for this tour today, but the rope catches the fall. On the easy route next to it, you get the sense of achievement of having made it to the top…

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Climbing is a sport that offers a lot of development opportunities for young and old = " and for all levels of ability. And climbing challenges the body like hardly any other form of movement: Almost all of the muscles are used. Strength and endurance in connection with a sense of balance and coordination are trained when climbing. In addition, there are mental abilities such as concentration and self-confidence, which are strengthened when climbing. When securing a partner or when climbing in a rope team, mutual trust and responsibility are experienced and overall personal development is promoted.

Climbing technique and belaying

When climbing, the feet form the point of view of the body, the hands are mainly used to maintain balance. On steep or overhanging climbs, hands and legs work together to move the body up. Small children love to climb up playground equipment or trees and thus live out their natural urge to move. Anyone who starts climbing (again) in adulthood can acquire the climbing technique - the right way to climb, keep balance, look for steps and holds - for the desired level of difficulty step by step, ideally in courses.

Despite modern equipment, climbing harbors risks. The safe handling of rope, karabiners and other securing material and - in certain climbing disciplines - the assessment of alpine dangers must be learned. Courses from alpine associations impart the special know-how.

Which climbing disciplines are there?

While climbing was a sport for alpine individualists with a tendency to extremes around twenty years ago, it has developed into a popular sport in recent years with the rapid spread of climbing halls, but also with the increasing number of insured via ferrata. Today climbing can be practiced in different ways.

Bouldering

Bouldering © vetal1983

Climbing at jump height without a rope is called bouldering. In the past, practicing on small rocks - so-called bouldering blocks - served as preparation for longer alpine tours. Today bouldering is a separate discipline in which competitions are also held. When bouldering, climbers often spend hours mastering difficult grip and step combinations. Special foam mats are designed to avoid a hard impact if you accidentally fall. The equipment is limited to well-fitting climbing shoes, bouldering mats and magnesium.

Sport climbing

Sport climbing © ArtmannWitte

Climbing in high degrees of difficulty with minimal holds, kicks and overhangs places athletic demands on physical abilities and climbing technique. Sport climbing can be practiced regardless of the weather in the hall or in nature in climbing gardens or on rock faces. Security techniques must be properly mastered. The equipment includes climbing shoes, climbing harness, rope, carabiners, quickdraws and a helmet.

Alpine climbing

Climber in a steep slab © vetal1983

The scope ranges from easy climbing routes to extremely difficult tours in high rock faces. In addition to climbing skills, alpine experience and knowledge of tour planning, meteorology, rescue of comrades, etc. are necessary. For many mountaineers, the attraction lies in the overall alpine experience, including exposed deep views, impressive mountain scenery or experiencing the weather. In addition to the climbing equipment, additional equipment is necessary in order to be well prepared for the alpine conditions (e.g. bivouac sack, rain jacket, first aid kit). Further information: Safety tips from mountain rescue.

Via ferratas

Man on the via ferrata © Jakub Cejpek

Climbing on fixed climbing aids and safety ropes offers many people an interesting alternative to free climbing. Via ferratas are available in various degrees of difficulty - from child and family-friendly facilities to strenuous extreme climbs. A via ferrata set with two carabiners attached to loops, which is tied into the climbing harness, is used to secure yourself. A helmet is compulsory. Special gloves protect against blisters and skin injuries when holding the wire rope. Further information: Adventure via ferrata - safe on the way.

Climbing with children

Child on climbing wall © Joanna Zielinsky

Climbing is ideal for children to promote the development of motor skills, strength, endurance and also social skills. Climbing can give children and young people special experiences of achievement and helps to strengthen self-confidence. One thing is clear: children must not be overwhelmed, the focus must always be on fun and playful components. When securing children, special standards apply and supervision by supervisors is necessary. Because children can often not correctly assess risks.

Competitive climbing

Bouldering, lead climbing and speed climbing are competition disciplines in their own right. They always take place on artificial climbing walls.

Therapy climbing

Thanks to the diverse positive effects on the musculoskeletal system, but also on the psyche, climbing is used specifically for the supportive treatment of certain complaints. In recent years, for example, therapy climbing centers have developed, in which, for example, climbing is carried out under the guidance of physiotherapists.

Whom can I ask?

The Austrian alpine clubs offer a wide range of activities in the various climbing disciplines, from guided tours to courses and training:

  • Austrian Alpine Club
  • Nature lovers
  • Austrian Tourist Club

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