Indoor Rock Climbing, Australia
Written by Marvin Friday, 13 February 2009 04:49
Everyone remembers the scene in Mission Impossible where Tom Cruise is hanging off a mountain face by, what looks like, his fingernails, or Vertical Limit, where Chris O'Donnell needs to decide whether to cut the rope between his partner and him to save himself or Cliffhanger, when Sylvester Stallone hangs off cliffs. Rock climbing in the movies sure does look dangerous. Well, if you want to take the danger out of climbing, then doing it indoors is a great way to start. I mean to begin with.. you're indoors, you're tied to the floor and you're not climbing up real rocks.
Saying that, it is much more difficult than it seems... While we were in Sydney, some friends of mine decided to try it out and we found a place in Wetherill Park, called Pitch. It was a great big warehouse type place but with rock climbing walls. They started with a short lesson on some of the beginner walls, and then you're just left to your own devices.
The beginner walls were pretty easy, but once you get started on the more advanced walls with less foot and hand holds, and walls that go back on themselves, it gets quite difficult. They even provide a rope ladder and a big steel pole (not for dancing, but for climbing.. although some of the guys decided to try the former).
I enjoyed the climbing and Pitch gave us everything we needed on the day, except for a little bit of skill, which may have been what we needed most!
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