by Janet Casey
It is a fact, according to the latest reports surfacing from the medical community, that rock and ice climbing are the sports one should do in order to help their very own brains operate better.
Rock climbing is a thrill. Many people think of Tom Cruise hanging from the edge of that cliff face receiving instructions for his next impossible mission through his sunglasses. But rock climbing is far more than just some great trick thrown into Hollywood movies; it is actually a very intense sport that offers people stamina, better health, and actually provides more cognitive brain power.
This is not just the scaling of cliff faces, either. Rock climbing can be done anywhere and everywhere, simply because of all the categories that the sport encompasses. Yes, the basic category of rock climbing still involves the participant climbing up, down and across natural rock formations. Their only impossible mission is to somehow elude Mother Nature’s natural barriers and pitfalls and reach the summit that they struggle to get to without falling.
But the climb is not over after you stand atop that mountain and look out over the (hopefully) very cool scenery all around you. A rock climbing mission is actually only seen as being successful when the climber makes it back down to the base camp safely. That part may seem easy to some…but it’s not. When utilizing every ounce of energy and endurance you have to get up to the summit, exhaustion can set in, and the down becomes far more difficult and dangerous than the up.
Some of the coolest competitions actually come from the rock climbing world of sports. Missions can be a bit hard, and the objectives can be more than just reaching the top. Some events have competitors attempting to complete a route as fast as possible; while others are judged on difficulty only.
This is mentally challenging, seeing as that the climber has to work out and plan ahead to make sure their next move is a safe one. Physical, yes, but rock climbing needs more than muscles and strength, and that mental control is sometimes harder to come up with when facing a long drop. A dangerous sport at times, rock climbing techniques must be learned and, just as it is for the hunter, the actual equipment and gear must be in top shape before even attempting to beat nature.
Even the International Olympic Committee has recognized rock climbing as a sport. They should, considering the fact that rock climbing is most definitely not a ‘new’ way to compete, nor is it a new way to enjoy the Great Outdoors.
All the way back to the 12th century, there were actual cliff-dwelling humans. Their homes were far up above the ground, and out of safety this is where they lived, which meant they were more than experts when it came to climbing and scaling.
Are there more types? A slew of them, actually. There is Aid climbing, which is a climb that uses specific equipment as artificial handhold or footholds, which thrilled climbers because they could finally turn those impossible missions – such as climbing Yosemite Valley – into realities.
Free climbing is completely natural. There are no footholds or handholds except for the natural ones that the climber must find themselves. The only gear carried is for protection, not to give an extra lift to the climber.
And some of the more unique categories include deep-water soloing which is one of the most risky sports in the world. The climber is completely unprotected, no rope in sight. But if the climber does fall, they fall into the deep water that’s under them and not the unforgiving terrain. Splash not smash.
In the end, rock climbing is one of the most difficult sports that requires a brave heart and a great deal of brain power to execute correctly. So if you wish to begin, make sure the techniques are learned and learned well before ever starting up on your own, “Mission Impossible.”
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Source: Baret News Wire