Because I became belay certified last semester, I was able to attend Campus Rec’s first climbing technique workshop of the semester. During this hour-long class, I learned new skills to improve my climbing abilities.
Two instructors led the group. First, we discussed balance. Balance is a key aspect of climbing and knowing how to position your body is important. Your center of gravity while climbing is your core, which needs to be as close as possible to the wall.
Next, we learned how to use our arms and legs while climbing. Because your legs naturally have much stronger muscles than your arms, they are your greatest tool to use. But that doesn’t mean your arms have no use! By gripping the rocks in different ways with your hands, you can use your arm muscles in the most effective ways, making your climb easier.
During this hour, I learned many other tricks and techniques to improve my climbing abilities. The instructors even led us in playing a few climbing games. Climbing is a fun activity that you can do with friends and it gives you a great workout. It challenges your muscles and also improves your cardiovascular health.
If you are interested in attending the next Climbing Technique Workshop, be sure to check out campusrec.unc.edu/climbing-wall. The workshop is free and no pre-registration is required! It will take place Thursday, March 29 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the RHRC Climbing Wall.
If you’re not belay certified, attend one of the two weekly classes and check out my post on my certification experience! Or, if you’d like to spend time outdoors, check out Campus Rec’s expedition to climb Pilot Mountain. You’ll really challenge yourself and grow as a climber!