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STAY IN SHAPE WITH ROCK CLIMBING

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Rock climbing is a great way to keep yourself in shape while enjoying the outdoors. The adrenaline rush helps you lose weight faster, and de-clutters your mind.

If you're tired of the general run on the treadmill and cardio exercises, get sporty. Rock climbing and rapelleing (a technique that allows you to do a controlled descent down a rope from a cliff). More and more women are trying this out these days. Here's why you should be looking at the `harder' side to life.

Life is rocky!
Sports enthusiast Parag Gandhi of Escapades, who organises adventure programmes in India, says, "Women want to feel the thrill of doing something that's considered difficult, even dangerous. The younger you are, the more you should give rock-climbing a shot." It makes a person agile, builds strength and endurance, both physically and as a character trait.

What is it, really?
Basic rock climbing involves climbing up or across natural rock formations or cliffs, or even artificial walls. "It's quite a challening sport. It would be a good idea to go for an artificial indoor climbing exercise at a gym before opting for rock-climbing outdoors," says Gandhi. "Once you are sure that you can go for an outdoor climbing session, it's best to begin with a basic course and move to the more difficult rock surfaces. Having a safety back-up is very important," he adds.

The techniques to master
Any three parts of the body (like two hands and one leg or vice-versa) will be on the wall at any point of time. So it makes sense to know how much balance you have. It's also important to be as close to the rock or wall as possible. The rock setter hammers in holds on the rocks where needed and sets up the course to make life easier for new particpants.

Going step-by-step

Step 1: Get into the right gear
A lot of people prefer to go barefoot but there are special shoes for rock climbing that helps one grip the wall firmly. Make sure the shoes fit right. Then don the harness. Instructors usually insist on a double buckle for safety.

Step 2: Belaying
This is basically about controlling the rope so that if someone slips, he or she will be caught by it. The belayer is the person in control of the ropes. The belay device (metal piece of equipment, used for when one climber secures the rope for the other climber as he ascends), is hooked onto the harness.

Step 3: Playing the leader
The leader is the person responsible for leading the climb. He puts protection as he ascends. Once he reaches the top, the second climber removes the protection, climbs and helps others and so on.

Step 4 : Going advanced
For advanced routes, always find a guide/instructor with traditional climbing experience.


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