5 Best Safety Tips For Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is inherently dangerous. Gravity rarely ever forgives mistakes. However, rock climbing is also a beautiful and exhilarating sport. Most rock climbers are physically fit and develop good balance and posture. In order to enjoy the beauty of the sport, it is important that rock climbers, especially beginners, familiarize themselves with the different safety rules associated with the sport. Knowing the correct gear to pack (as well as what to avoid) goes a long way in ensuring safety.

It is imperative to know that the more fit you are, the safer your climb will be. Wrists, hands, shoulders and elbows are the areas that are most vulnerable to injuries due to carelessness and over-exertion of the body. Work on balance and overall strength and not on building large muscle groups. Build your heart rate and work on finger strength.    Rock Climbing Safety Tips

Always Wear a Climbing Helmet

A Rock climbing helmet is essential if you want to live long and prosper. Always wear one when climbing or belaying. Helmets protect your head from falling rocks climbing  and from the impact of falling. Remember that your head is soft and the rock is hard. Head injuries from falls and rockfall are serious life-changing events. A helmet keeps your head safe.

Build Muscle Fitness

Rock climbing is an intense physical sport that requires strong leg, stomach, and arm muscles. Most rock climbers spend a lot of time improving their fitness before attempting challenging climbs.

Breathe

Control your breathing. This is super essential. It will again help to keep you on the wall for longer as well as keep you relaxed and focused on the next move. When working through a tough sequence of moves, take deep breathes and try to stay relaxe

Always Check Knots

Before you start climbing, always double check to make sure that the lead climber’s tie-in knot (usually a Figure-8 Follow-Through) is tied correctly and finished with a backup knot. Also check that the rope is threaded through both the waist loop and the leg loops on the harness.

Crash Pad

The crash pad is a mat which sits below the climbing wall or structure and is designed to brake the climbers fall. When bouldering, a climber is not roped up and thus has to directly consider the direction of the body when falling.

Find The Best Tips For Comfortable Mountain Trips

Driving in the mountains can be a wonderful and exhilarating experience, but it can also be tiring and cause extra wear and tear on your vehicle. Here are ten time-tested tips to make any drive more enjoyable.

Mountain Trips When you decide to have a mountain trip, you should be aware of the risks and therefore should be well prepared for it. It is not like going to the beach or to the museum. There is a huge difference when you try to get into the mountains because it is not just heights that you will be dealing with but also change in altitude, weather, wildlife and others. Here are some Safety Tips for Mountain Trip to help ensure you stay safe on the mountain trails.                               Mountain Trips

Bring safety gear There are a few basic items that every winter hiker should carry in case of emergency. Aside from basic hiking gear, you should always have a trail map, a first aid kit, a compass, a pocket knife or multi-tool, hand warming packets, and a headlamp. For a day hike, it’s a good idea to split up some of the heavier safety items among the members of your group.

It can take weeks to receive all the necessary approvals for a field trip. You need administrative approval and transportation. You need time to collect money and time to submit that money so your school can cut a check. Begin planning your field trip at least six weeks in advance of your departure date. The bigger the trip, the bigger your head start needs to be. Overnight, out-of-state, or overseas trips may need to be planned a whole year in advance.

Most mountain roads are narrower than Interstate highways. Some drivers have a tendency to hug the center line, but this driving technique is both unwise and irritating to other drivers. If you are hugging the center line, and another center-hugging vehicle comes around a curve from the opposite direction, both drivers may overcorrect and create a hazardous situation.

Lastly, be sure to reward yourself for a job well-done. When I come off a mountain, I like to find the nearest source of comfort food. Sometimes it’s a cozy bar with great burgers, sometimes it’s a lively pizza place. No worries about your appearance and aroma; restaurants at the base of any big peak are used to hikers stopping off for a meal.