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In Sports on April 30, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Rock Climbing is becoming a mainstream sport; rock climbing gyms are popping up all over the globe, like the one that just came to Hadley in April of 2011. Rock climbing is the perfect sport for you if you’re looking for an adrenaline rush and if your okay with heights.

Many people think you have to be ripped to rock climb. This is a blatant lie. Rock climbing is mostly having technique, and you can rely on your bone structure. Some of the world’s greatest rock climbers are twigs, which shows that having good technique is the way to go instead of using your muscles.

Rock climbing is a sport that is definitely mentally challenging. It’s scary when you know that if you fall, it will likely be a 10 -15 foot drop. Rock climbing is like a puzzle; you have to plan exactly what you are going to do. Sometimes a move that you are trying to do is too hard, so you have to find a different way to do it.

Rock climbing is a very active sport . You use every muscle in your body as you rock climb because you are doing all sorts of body movements. Rock climbing burns about 1000 calories an hour so many people use it as a workout because it is fun and very effective. A lot of people, such as many soccer players, use rock climbing as cross training. Most people don’t even think rock climbing is a sport, they think it is just something kids do at birthday parties, but it is more serious than that. There are rock climbing competitions everywhere, for example, there is a USA climbing series, and even a world cup. Rock climbing might be added to the 2020 Olympics because it is becoming more popular.

Rock Climbing is one of the most addictive things I have ever done. I can’t see myself not rock climbing. Rock climbing is a good way to meet people because it is a very social sport, and a great way to get outside and see amazing places. Some of the most beautiful places I have ever seen are places that I have gone rock climbing. So if you like being out and in nature, exploring, and meeting cool people, than you should try rock climbing.


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