What Makes Rock Climbing Lingo More Fascinating?

By: Muna wa Wanjiru

An amateur rock climber needs to have lots of information about rock climbing including the equipments required the place to go for rock climbing and first aid manuals. Therefore, he can equip himself and prepare himself to face the toughest. All these essential things together are very much important for a safe hiking.

That is right a new rock climbing lingo, which is very often used by the rock climbing community. Rock climbers who are beginners tend to give little importance to this fact. They assume they will learn as they take the training and go for their first rock-climbing mission. However, this will be a very big blunder because if you are not familiar to this basic information, you may find yourself standing against the more insurmountable objects than the physical ones.

Like many other sports, rock climbing has also evolved a language exclusive to the sport that the climbers must learn if they want to communicate with his/her fellow rock climbers. This is the rock climbing lingo.

What makes the terminology more fascinating is that they do not have an obvious meaning. You will find peculiar rock climbing words and you will probably need to make a very long list to gather all of them. Some of the commonly used rock climbing lingo are give below;

The Anchor is one of the terms of rock climbing lingo and is not the one that is found on a boat, but it is equipment that is part of the climbing gear or equipment. It is the gear that supports the belay when climbing.

Belay is perhaps the most significant equipment within the climbing gear. It is an anchor-rope system that is used to give support for the climber. Climber who is climbing first keeps on feeding out the rope to the succeeding climbers following him. Belay works with the help of the friction system and a mechanical break, which can help the climber from sinking on ground in case he falls.

Bouldering is the only term that means what it sounds in the rock climbing lingo. It means to find large size boulders and to practice rock climbing on them. Bouldering is the ideal way to learn climbing and it is also an excellent way to increase strength for beginners and building of muscles for those who are experienced.

Crimp is actually an art of trying to find a finger hold where there is not any.

Elvis is a physical condition, where the climber's legs begin to shiver due to fatigue or weakness. This can be taken care of by listening to some soothing music which will prove to be a distraction. The occurrence is also known as sewing machine.

Harness is a nylon device. This is actually used on the waist and legs and tied off to some supporting ropes, to support the climber. It is advised to always put on the strap while climbing for safety.

Leading is the term in rock climbing lingo used for the first climber who is also responsible for computing the route apart from anchoring and setting right any difficulties or problems faced by the climbers.

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