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Should You Be Rock Climbing During Winter?
Rock climbing is the ultimate sport for people who love a good adventure. No day at the climbing gym can compare to the thrill of cragging real rocks. Most people however, prefer climbing rocks during the warmer seasons. It is only those who seek to push their limits and go for the maximum kick they can get out of this sport.
But is rock climbing safe during winters? Well, if you’ll ask a pro, they’ll probably be already preparing their rock climbing packs for their next adventure at the moment. It’s the amateurs however, who may have trouble wrapping their heads around the idea.
The activity though, is something you must try at least once if you’re an avid fan of rock climbing. It may not come off as easy at first, but once you get a hang of it, you’ll love it. Here’s why:
The Rocks Make It Warm
When you go rock climbing during winters to places like Colorado, you’ll find snow everywhere around you. It may appear cold and dreary but the rocks create a completely different atmosphere altogether. You see, the mountains tend to reflect what little amount of warmth they get from the sun, making the surroundings warmer than usual. So you’re basically not climbing in frigid temperatures. Things will be different however, in places that don’t get adequate sun in during winters.
There Isn’t Much Traffic
With the advent of winters, there is a plethora of sports activities people indulge in. You’ll find most of the skiing resorts and snowboarding slopes crowded with people, but not many of them would head for the rocks. Cragging is not a piece of cake for all and doing it during winters is a completely different ballgame. So, for those of you who’re looking to get away from the crowds, pack your backpacks for some rock climbing adventure.
Cold Rock Means Better Grip
Climbing in hot temperatures makes the rocks feel slippery, making it difficult for your feet to find the right grip. The cold temperatures mean that you, the climber, are safe from overheating too much (usually happens with the hot temperatures and extreme physical activity). This allows for better friction between the rocks and your shoes, giving you better grip as you climb. This grip is so strong that it helps your feet lock on even the tiniest of edges.
You Get to Climb Ice
Most of the mountains where people go rock climbing are places where you can find plenty ice. Now this is something you may not have experienced before if you haven’t hit the rocks during the cold season. It’s similar to climbing rocks but different still – like you’re cragging up these white pillars that are thrilling and amazing at the same time – something one much experience at least once in their lifetime! Beware though; this would require the skill level of an expert.
Think you have what it takes to go rock climbing in winter? Prep your backpacks and make this winter season count!