Types of Rock Climbing You Might Want to Know About

Types of Rock Climbing You Might Want to Know About

There is nothing more thrilling, exciting and fun filling than rock climbing. The climbers climb up, down or across natural or man-made rock formations to reach the top point of the formation.

Modern rock climbing is divided into several parts.

11. Aid climbing

It involves the use of gear or other mechanical means for going up the rock formation. This is done when the formation is not meant for walking up by using feet and hands.

22. Free climbing

It does not require gear or other means for climbing up. Ropes are used for protection purposes only. The climber is dependent on his skill and strength.

This is also known as free from direct aid.

33. Free soloing

This type of rock climbing does not involve any kind of helping instrument. A single person climbs without any protection. A fall may result in serious injury or even death.

This is also called soloing.

44. Bouldering

It is performed on large boulders, small rock formations or artificial rock walls. Ropes and harnesses are not used.

It is quite safe as the route is short and artificial.

55. Deepwater soloing

In this type of climbing, water is present at the base of the climb. This protects the climbers from injury if they fall.

It is a form of soloing done in high difficult routes and no equipment is used for this.

66. Roped solo climbing

This is also a form of soloing but without a climbing partner. Rope protection is used which makes it less dangerous.

If there is an accident there is no one for help as there is no partner which makes is difficult in that case.

77. Lead climbing

In this, as the climber goes up the cliff or rock, he clips the rope into the bolts that are fixed on the surface of the rock.

There is a lead climber who takes up the anchor and the rest follow him with clips with them.

The climbers are trained before they do lead climbing as it is difficult.

88. Multi-pitch climbing

In this type of climbing, there are several climbing routes with one or more stops in between. These stops or stations in between are called pitches.

In this also there is a lead climber who is followed by other climbers. The main purpose of these pitches is to allow the second climber to reach the place of the lead climber.

99. Traditional climbing

Also known as trad climbing, it involves the use of all protection techniques that can be used while climbing.

They are required to protect against any falls and injuries. There is a lot of risk and adventure involved in this.

1010. Sport climbing

It is easier, more convenient and safer in comparison to others. It already has permanent anchors fixed on the rocky surface for safety against falls.

Less technical skill is required and there is low mental stress as the climber feels safe.

1111. Top rope climbing

An anchor is present at the top and the bottom of the climb. The climber is safely attached to a rope which is also attached with anchors.

This type of climbing is done when lead climbing cannot be done and the climber can hike or scramble to the cliff.