With the advent of indoor rock walls like the ones available at the FLIPnOUT Fun Center, many enthusiasts have taken to competing in competitive climbing events that often times are held indoors where the weather is controlled and climate more comfortable and predictable. Climbing outdoors is fun, but it also can be nearly impossible to do during the hot summer months in the Mojave Desert, if it is raining outside or if conditions otherwise aren’t suitable or safe, as might occur if the wind is blowing hard. But those competitions are much easier to prepare for as athletes and to hold when done indoors in places like the FLIPnOUT Fun Center.
Three Primary Climbing Competitions
Rock wall-climbing competitions generally are held in one of three formats: speed climbing, lead climbing and bouldering. Speed climbing is relatively straightforward and simply refers to who climbs to the designated point and returns to the ground the fastest. Speed climbing can be done individually, in relays and in team formats. In lead climbing, competitors have a time limit and must navigate a specific course while connecting to specific quickdraws along the route. Penalties are assessed for missing a quickdraw, and the best time wins after adjusting for any penalties. With bouldering, climbers must negotiate problem areas, such as outcroppings forcing them to climb at extreme angles. Points are awarded for completing more problem areas than your competitors.
Climbing Competitions Are Gaining Popularity
Because rock walls can be erected in climate-controlled environments, such as the FLIPnOUT Fun Center, more people are trying the sport and finding they like it. As more rock walls are built indoors for general public use, the sport is gaining in popularity and recently was considered for inclusion in the Olympics. The Olympic committee ultimately nixed the addition, but as the sport continues gaining in popularity, it could find itself included among the elite Olympic Games.
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