Gripped on Climbing
Over the years rock climbing has grown from its humble beginnings as a small part of the greater sport of mountaineering, to a sport all of its own. By nature, there is high risk involved in rock climbing, but this adrenaline forms part of the appeal of the sport and accounts for the growth in popularity. In response, manufacturers and innovators developed slings, shoes, harnesses, and other gear essential to keeping climbers safe, and as a bonus; it has allowed them the mobility to perform some absolutely incredible feats.
Just how safe is rock climbing?
Chances of dying when
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US Injuries Up 63% - between 1990 and 2007, emergency departments across America saw a 63% increase in the number of patients treated for rock climbing injuries.
The most common injury: Climber���s Finger
Most common climbing injury isn���t related to falls, improper technique or bad equipment. The most common injury is Climber���s Finger (damaged Flexor Tendon Pulley due to overuse) a.k.a. too much climbing.
Fastest Climb 8.6 KM/H World record in speed climbing was set by Zhong Qixin in 2011 for scaling15 a meter wall in 6.26 seconds
Greatest climbing distance travelled within 24 hours
In May 2011, Will Levendoski climbed a staggering 29,130 feet in 24 hours
The World���s Tallest Climbing Wall
The Excalibur at the Klimcentrum Bjoeks (Bjoeks Climb Center) in the town of Groningen, The Netherlands, is 112ft tall