Today, on the day of the first ascent of Mount Everest, we want to dive together into the breathtaking world of mountaineering and climbing. Just like Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, who climbed this majestic peak 70 years ago, we will embark on an exciting journey. Let’s look to the sky, tighten the ropes, and get started on this climbing blog post. Ready to defy the limits of gravity? Let’s get started!
No matter if you are a beginner, an advanced climber or a professional climber, you should have some know-how before you start your adventure! And the most important thing is, no matter how good you are or how often you have climbed the wall, never get careless and better check once more if everything fits!
But now let’s get to the hard facts, with which you can soon score in the climbing world, and conquer the vertical:
Before you start climbing, there are some important points that should be considered:
1. safety: Safety always comes first. Learn basic belaying techniques, always use the proper climbing rope and wear an appropriate climbing helmet.
2. Warm Up: Warm up your body before climbing to avoid injury. Stretching exercises for arms, shoulders, legs and torso are especially important.
3. Breathing: Pay attention to your breathing while climbing. Consistent and controlled breathing will help you maintain your energy and keep you focused.
4. route planning: analyze the climbing route in advance to develop the best strategy. Pay attention to the difficulty levels and take into account your own abilities and limits.
Climbing is not only about physical strength but also about technique and strategy. Here are some basic climbing techniques that will help you climb vertically almost by themselves:
1. posture and balance: keep your body close to the wall to maintain balance. Use your legs to carry most of the weight while your hands provide the grip.
2. grip types: learn different grip types such as ledges, holes, slopers and edges. Each grip requires a specific technique and finger positioning.
3. footwork: proper placement and use of your feet is critical. Look for solid kicks and try to shift your gravity to your feet to reduce stress on your hands.
4. Body rotations and shifts: Use your body rotations and shifts to move more efficiently on the wall and maintain the balance you need.
Having the right climbing gear is crucial. Here are some essential pieces you will need:
1. climbing shoes: invest in well-fitting climbing shoes with good grip and precision. They are your direct contact with the wall and will affect your performance. Climbing shoes should also be 1-2 sizes smaller than normal street shoes so that you really have a firm grip inside the shoes.
2. climbing rope: choose a climbing rope that meets current safety standards. There are dynamic ropes for sport climbing and static ropes for mountaineering.
3. climbing harness: a climbing harness will keep you safely on the rope. Make sure it fits well and is comfortable. Also, make sure the harness is not twisted and, most importantly, not too loose.
4. carabiners and express sets: carabiners and express sets are used to attach the rope and secure it to intermediate belays. Again, it is important that you know how to use belay devices to secure your partner well, but also to protect yourself and not get hurt.
5. climbing helmet: protect your head from falling rocks or possible impacts on the wall.
Climbing is a fascinating sport that offers both physical and mental challenges. With the right techniques, knowledge and equipment, you can enjoy this adventure safely and successfully. Always think about your safety and that of your climbing partners. So grab your equipment, find the right route and climb to new heights!
By the way:
Falkensteiner Hotels and Residences also offer an impressive selection of first-class climbing destinations that provide climbing enthusiasts with numerous opportunities. With locations in South Tyrol, Austria and Croatia, Falkensteiner presents diverse options for climbers of all levels. In addition to the Pustertal Valley in South Tyrol, you can use Falkensteiner hotels in Schladming and Nassfeld as base camps for your climbing adventures. But also climbing in the island paradise Baska is possible with the location of our hotels in Punat.
For those who do not yet dare to go outdoors, numerous climbing parks and hotel-owned climbing walls offer a remedy. The Falkensteiner Hotels Montafon, Club Funimation Katschberg, Hotel Sonnenalpe, Hotel Kronplatz and Family Hotel Diadora all have their own climbing and bouldering walls. In addition, the Falkensteiner Hotel Kronplatz and the Falkensteiner Hotel Prague have a climbing center in the immediate vicinity where you can fully enjoy yourself.
The Adventure Park Katschberg in Austria, the Forest Rope Park Golm in Montafon and the High Ropes Course Stegerspark offer not only exciting climbing action but also impressive nature experiences.