Rock Climbing: Indoor vs. Outdoor

Just as some people believe football is not meant to be played in domes, there is a contingent in the rock climbing community who believe rock climbing is and will always be an outdoor activity. However, despite such concerns, thousands of fully satisfied rock climbers scale indoor peaks closer to plastic than rock on a regular basis. So what is drawing men of women of the mountain not only out of the wilderness but indoors? In short, indoor rock climbing, though it may never fully replace the rush and thrill of the outdoor sport in the hearts of some, offers several unmatched competitive advantages. The Pros:Assuming a facility is properly licensed run carefully, indoor rock climbing does not expose climbers nearly the same level of safety hazards as an outdoor rock face of similar height and structure. Between the trained supervisors, easy access to medical aid and personnel, a lack of harmful animal and plant life, not to mention permanently in place climbing equipment, climbing an indoor wall is a stroll in the park in terms of risk. Though indoor climbs don’t end in a scenic view on a cloudless day, it does cancel out having to check the weather or reschedule any climbing trips when mother nature doesn’t comply. Unless the fire hazard sprinklers are accidentally activated, precipitation is out of the question as long as roof is overhead. Furthermore, with climate controlled temperatures, even mild discomfort is suddenly of little concern.Nature lovers would argue they enjoy being in nature, however, those who legitimately love nature would want to do less to harm it. Too often irresponsible climbers, even unintentionally irresponsible climbers, leave their trail of destruction on and around popular climbing areas. In principle, climbers should leave each site as close to the way they found it as possible. An indoor climb renders the issue irrelevant.Above all, convenience is perhaps the preeminent factor for those opting to climb indoors. Climbing outdoors often requires a lengthier drive, not to mention more set up time, meanwhile indoor climbing facilities can be found in nearly every major city, in many cases more than one. It’s a lot easier to make a quick trek across the town, just as you would go to the gym, than plan a trip out to a natural rock face, unless of course you are fortunate enough to live in close proximity. All in all, both options provide a little out of the ordinary diversion, while keeping participants in shape and living an active lifestyle. Quite frankly, there’s no right or wrong way to rock climb.