Our activity of the past month was rock climbing. My husband and I bought a Groupon for unlimited visits for a month and we went as many times as we could go.
Rock climbing is a partner sport and is a perfect trust exercise for couples. It is possible to do it alone – solo climbing – but that’s for the dare devils.
One of my cousins told me we were brave for doing it and I chuckled replying that it’s just indoor, not real rocks, and I had done indoor rock climbing before.
But let me tell you, it’s all fun and games until you’re 50 feet in the air and feel like you’re gonna slip and fall to the ground because you don’t think your partner has a secure hold of the ropes.
I don’t fear heights, so I underestimated the amount of bravery it would take. We went to the “world’s tallest indoor rock climbing gym” and a few of the people looked like they were training for American Ninja Warrior. They welcomed us newbies and it was a pretty good experience.
There are many benefits to rock climbing. Some of the benefits I noticed:
Some level of trust is required. There are safety precautions in place with the ropes and harness, but you have to trust your partner to protect you from free falling in case you let go as you climb.
One of the times we went, my husband and I actually ended up having an argument because I didn’t feel secure. Hence, why I say this is a trust exercise. I was up in the air, climbing the wall and got to a point where I was stuck and didn’t know where to place my hands or feet.
I yelled down to my husband to help guide me on where to go next, thinking that maybe he could see something from his perspective that I couldn’t see.
Lo and behold, he couldn’t tell what I was saying with all the echoes in the silos. I felt like I was shouting, but he could not hear me. Then I felt slack on the rope, looked down to where he was standing and saw him looking at another climber instead of me. I was upset – I felt like he wasn’t focusing and was risking my safety.
We talked about it and realized the breakdowns in communication and actions, and I felt improvements in the next climb.
Rock climbing does not work without communication. There are a set of key phrases that encourage good communication and safety.
- Partner 1: On belay?
- Partner 2: Belay on
- P1: Climbing
- P2: Climb on
- P1: Take
- P2: Take on
- P1: Lower
- P2: Lowering
This is beneficial to the climber-belayer relationship because it allows both sides to know what is about to happen and where each person stands. It fosters good listening, cooperation, and understanding.
By training to communicate like this, the benefits can be achieved away from the rocks and within everyday relationships.
You may find yourself more willing to state your needs or more receptive to hearing your partners perspective on a situation.
It takes some muscle to pull yourself up those walls of rocks. Physical health is important to us, so we enjoy activities that get our bodies moving and stronger.
The belayer gets a good arm workout while holding and pulling the rope. The climber gets a full body experience.
I don’t think rock climbing was the most strenuous activity we have done, but it was definitely good for strengthening.
Where do I want to place my foot? What can my hand reach? Where do my fingers have a decent grip?
These are some of the questions you may ask yourself as you climb. Rock climbing is a great opportunity to increase focus level and strategical thinking skills.
Our brains, just like our bodies, need to stay active to be healthy. Rock climbing makes you think, set goals, and work to reach them.
Have you gone indoor rock climbing before? What did you think? If you have never done it before, would you consider trying it?