101: Intro to Climbing

first_imgSchool of Hard Rocks: A climber ascends the south peak of Seneca Rocks, W.Va. Photo: Massey TeelFrom the gear and terminology to the fear factor, learning to climb can be intimidating. But the payoff is huge.  Here is some crucial info to help you rock your first rock climb.Three Ways to ClimbTop rope: The climbing rope is run through a fixed anchor point above the route, allowing the climber to send shorter routes without any extra protection on the wall. Sport: Fixed protection is bolted into the rock wall, allowing climbers to clip into bolts as they send a route.Traditional: Artificial protection (cams and wedges) is placed in grooves and cracks on the rock wall as the lead climber sends a route. The second climber then “cleans” or removes the protection as he follows up the route. Trad climbing is the most prevalent form of climbing in the Southeast.Climbing GlossaryAnchor: The point where the rope is attached to the rock. Anchors are typically trees or bolts.Belay: To secure a climber with a rope to minimize a fall. In a top rope scenario, the climber, anchor, and belayer form three points of contact with the rope.Crux: The most difficult section of a climb.Gripped: Overcome with fear and fatigue in the middle of a climb.Lead climbing: To climb a route from the bottom up, placing artificial protection, or clipping into permanently placed bolts, along the way.Multi-pitch: A long route that demands traditional protection placement. Each pitch of the climb must be shorter than a single length of rope (50 meters).Protection: “Pro” for short, anchors placed by a lead climber to secure a climb.Myth BustersFirst, forget everything you think you know about rock climbing. Here are two common misconceptions dispelled:1. Climbing is dangerous: Sure, you’re hundreds of feet off the ground strapped to a rock wall, but climbing is far safer than most non-climbers realize. According to a study released in 2008 by the American Alpine Club, climbers suffer fewer accidents than snowboards, skiers, and sledders.“Knowledge is power,” says Swis Stockton, owner of Granite Arches, a service that guides beginners all over the Southeast. “A lot of beginners are scared to fall because they don’t realize the equipment is built for that very thing. If the ropes and harnesses are cared for, they’re much safer than most beginners think.2. Climbing is about upper body strength: Sylvester Stallone made climbing looking brutally hard in Cliffhanger, but it’s not really about bulging biceps and huge “lats.”“Climbing is about leg presses, not pull ups,” Stockton says. “Good climbers think about their foot placement first, moving from one foothold to the next, using their hands just for balance.”Practice your footwork in the gym. Find a low-angled wall built for kids and try to traverse it using only your feet. If you can, keep your hands on your hips. 1 2last_img read more

Mourinho claims he agreed Real job after 2010 triumph over Barca

first_img The Portuguese boss was appointed at the Santiago Bernabeu that summer after leading the Nerazzurri to the Champions League title. However, he has now revealed the decision was made in advance of his side’s defeat of Bayern Munich in the showpiece, which ironically took place in the Spanish capital. Mourinho said he had the blessing of Inter president Massimo Moratti to join Los Blancos, but he also revealed that he was never as happy in Madrid as he had been at Inter. The current Tottenham boss was arguably at the peak of his managerial powers during his time at Inter, helping them to dominate Italian football and masterminding their Champions League triumph including the memorable victory over Barcelona.Advertisement Jose Mourinho has revealed he decided to join Real Madrid from Inter after the Champions League semi-final triumph over Barcelona. Having beaten Pep Guardiola’s side 3-1 at the San Siro, and despite a red card for Thiago Motta in the Camp Nou – Inter progressed 3-2 on aggregate. “I made the decision after the second game of the semi-final with Barcelona, because I knew we were going to win the Champions League,” Mourinho told Gazzetta dello Sport, via Marca. “Moratti understood, but his words were not necessary, it was seen by how we hugged each other on the pitch after the Madrid final. “Moratti told me ‘after this you have the right to leave’. It was the allowance to do what I wanted, to be happy. As it turned out, I was happier in Milan than in Madrid. # Read Also: Messi asked if he would pass to Ronaldo if they played together “If I had returned to Milan after the Santiago Bernabéu final, with the fans chanting my name, perhaps I would not have left Inter. I had not yet signed with Madrid. Those who say that a Madrid delegate came to our hotel in Madrid before the final (won against Bayern) is nonsense. “I wanted to go to Madrid. They wanted me from the previous year, I proposed it to Moratti, but he convinced me to stay. And I had already told Madrid when I was at Chelsea. You cannot say no three times to Madrid.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more