Welcome to the ClimbingTechTips Sport Climbing video series.
Sport climbing is arguably more approachable than traditional climbing because it does not require the time and technical proficiency of placing gear (cams, stoppers, etc.) while on lead: just clip the bolt and climb on! As such, it is a great way to get into lead climbing and build strength while spending time with friends in the outdoors.
Sport climbing helps the leader build endurance, mental fortitude, technical skills, route finding, and movement skills. Another upside is that it requires less gear, so the point of entry is cheaper than for traditional climbing—and it (often) involves less hiking to get to the crag when compared to a lot of traditional routes.
That stated, sport climbing is potentially dangerous and should not be taken lightly. It requires specific skills, as shown in this video series.
Sport climbing requires physical ability, but also demands common sense and the ability to assess risk. This series should be used in conjunction with our Gym Lead Climbing series. Also be sure to review our previous outdoor climbing videos on Tying In, Basic Anchor Building, Belaying, Partner Communications, and Rappelling.
Let’s get started! Our Sport Climbing video series is below. Be careful out there, and be sure to have fun!
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Please remember, climbing is inherently dangerous. Climb at your own risk.