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Sophia Holmstedt

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Rock Climbing is a rapidly growing international sport. There are three different types of climbing; Ropes, Speed, and Bouldering.  

Rope and Speed season is in the spring and summer. Rope climbing is where the climber and belayer (To use a braking device to catch a climber’s fall by giving out or taking in rope) put on a harness and tie into their end of the rope. The climber puts the end of the rope through both loops in their harness and ties a figure eight knot. The belayer puts their end of the rope through a “grigri” or “atc” and that’s what holds the climber if they fall.

Speed climbing is where two climbers tie in on routes next to each other. When the belayer says the word go then the climbers start climbing, and whoever gets to the top hold first wins.  

Bouldering season takes place in the fall and winter. Bouldering is just like rope climbing, but with no rope. Rope walls are about 40 feet plus high, but bouldering walls are about 14 feet high. If you fall there are big squishy mats on the floor underneath you.

 

Climbing is a year round sport, with two big training seasons.

 

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