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How To Climb Safely: 8 Tips to Avoid Injury When Climbing

Last updated January 24, 2022| Learning

If you are anything like me, then you love to climb. Climbing is a great way to stay in shape and escape the stress of everyday life. However, it’s easy for accidents to happen while climbing because we take risks that we may not usually take during the rest of our day-to-day activities. Especially when more and more people are getting into climbing, the injuries are on the rise.

Climbing should be an enjoyable experience instead of one that leads to painful injuries!

In order to avoid injury while you’re out there scaling rock faces and scrambling up boulders, follow these 8 simple tips that will help ensure a safe climb for everyone.

How To Climb Safely: 8 Tips to Avoid Injury When Climbing

Tip #1: Avoid Climbing on Wet Surfaces

Avoid climbing when it’s wet outside because surfaces become slippery and more difficult to climb. In general, avoid climbing in the rain, on wet surfaces near a river or stream, and any other time when it’s not dry out.

Unfortunately, it seems like rain and bad weather always happen when we need them the least. But we really recommend avoiding climbing on wet rocks or other slippery surfaces. If you can’t find any dry surface to climb on, an indoor climbing wall or gym may be a great option to consider.

I learned the hard way to never climb when it’s wet outside. You’ll find surfaces are slippery making them a lot more difficult to scale, and even if you’re careful, slipping is always possible!

Tip #2: Avoid Climbing When You’re Tired or Dehydrated

One of the best ways to avoid injury when you’re climbing is to make sure that your body has plenty of rest and hydration before you head out on a climb. Avoiding climbing if you are exhausted or have consumed alcohol can help prevent injury because fatigue leads to muscle cramping, which in turn slows down reflexes and motor function. Being dehydrated also raises the risk for dehydration and heat exhaustion, which can cause muscle cramps.

Additionally, exhaustion may be caused by intense climbs and trainings that are too close to each other. If you’ve been working out hard for a few hours, you need to give your body time to recover before you climb again. In order to avoid over-exertion, try making sure there is at least a day in between intense training sessions.

Tip #3: Know Before you Climb

Before starting a climb, talk with an experienced climber or someone who has climbed the route before about the best way to tackle it safely. They can provide valuable information about the difficulty level, the best way to start and end your climb, and how long it should take. Avoiding climbing until you know what you’re doing is a great way to prevent injury because many injuries happen when people are inexperienced or lack knowledge of the route they are taking on.

This is a great tip because you will know before starting out if there are dangers present in your climb or if they’re easy enough for novice climbers to tackle themselves. Avoiding injury when climbing is all about being prepared and using your climbing partners to help you make good decisions.

How To Climb Safely: 8 Tips to Avoid Injury When Climbing

Tip #3: Don’t Rush Your Climb

There is no need for you to rush your climb. Avoid letting your ego push you towards taking risks. Take things slowly if you’re not feeling confident and don’t hesitate to stop for a break if you need one. This ensures that you’ll have a good time and that your body will stay safe. Avoiding injury is the whole point of this article, after all!

Rushing up a climb can cause accidents to happen more often than not. When climbing becomes difficult or challenging, it’s easy for people to become impatient and take risks they normally would avoid in other circumstances. Avoiding doing this is a good way to avoid injury and enjoy your climb.

Tip #5: Avoid Being Distracted While Climbing

When climbing, make sure there are no distractions around you. Avoiding distraction is the best way to prevent injury when climbing because it will keep your focus on what’s happening while you are scaling a wall or mountain.

Often, accidents happen because people aren’t paying attention, which results in them not being able to avoid hazards near them (or even falling into them!). By making sure your focus remains on your climb, you can keep yourself and others safe and avoid injury.

Tip #6: Avoid Climbing Alone

We know it’s tempting to climb by yourself and enjoy some much-deserved peace and alone-time. However, sometimes it’s best to avoid this for the sake of your safety and that of those around you, especially after dark or at other times when there is an increased risk, such as during nighttime, in bad weather, or on challenging/difficult routes.

It can be harder to stay safe without someone else there with you. Having a climbing partner who watches your back and who knows what they should do in case something goes wrong will go a very long way to avoid getting injured, or at least make sure you receive the proper care as soon as possible.

Tip #7: Avoid Climbing Without Proper Gear

Avoid climbing without the proper gear. If you want to avoid injury while climbing, make sure that you have the proper equipment, such as the right shoes, a harness and quality ropes. Avoid climbing with low-quality equipment, as it could increase your chances of falling and you getting injured.

Climbing with the wrong footwear, for example, could result in slipping and injury. Make sure to wear decent climbing shoes, as well as a harness and ropes so there will be minimal risk of injury if something does go wrong. You may also want to invest in a chalk bag with proper chalk to keep from getting too sweaty hands while climbing, as this can cause blisters which are very painful, or worsen your grip.

How To Climb Safely: 8 Tips to Avoid Injury When Climbing

Tip #8: Eat Healthy Before Climbing

The 8th and final tip we want to give you is to be aware of what you eat. Avoiding injury while climbing is all about being healthy and protecting your body from harm. Avoid going on difficult routes or climbs when you’re not feeling 100%, which can be caused by bad eating habits.

To make sure your body is in top conditions before climbing, make sure to eat a nutritious, balanced diet full of vitamins, minerals, and good fats. Avoid eating too much sugar and processed foods, as they will leave your body feeling exhausted and lacking energy.

When you’re well-nourished before climbing, it’s easier to make better decisions, move your body more efficiently and thus avoid injury.

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