At FLIPnOUT our rock climbing wall will take you to new heights. But did you know there is a lot of history to the sport of rock climbing? Check out these 5 cool rock climbing facts before your next adventure at FLIPnOUT.
1. Rock Climbing is over 120 years old!
The sport of rock climbing grew in popularity in England during the late 1880s after adventure junky William Perry Haskitt Smith made the first successful climb of the Naples Needle. People interested in sport began flocking to the region to attempt the daring feat. Smith’s ascent influenced O.G. Jones in 1897 to climb Kern Knotts Crack of Great Gable Mountain.
2. Only Pros Climb in Poor Weather
Rain or snow make outdoor rock climbing a dangerous sport. In adverse weather it is easy to slip off rocks or have your equipment fail on you. Dry weather is optimal for rock climbing, especially for amateurs.
3. Old War Heroes Knew How to Rock Climb
During World War II, military officers were trained in rock climbing to learn how to infiltrate enemy territories. It was also during this time that scientist invented carabiners and nylon rope to better support climbers on their mountaineering adventures.
4. Speed Climbing is a World Competition
Racing to the top of a mountain or rock climbing wall is known as speed climbing. There are competitions around the world for this sport alone. Some of the more famous speed climbers include Dan Osman (Lover’s Leap) and Peter Darmi (The Gunks).
5. You can Climb Mt. Everest in 8 hours!
Mr. Everest, the tallest peak on earth, has been scaled time and time again. High winds, snow and treacherous cliffs makes Mt. Everest one of the most difficult mountains to rock climb. The current world record holder for fastest climb is Pemba Dorje Sherpa with a time of 8 hours and 10 minutes!
What do you love about rock climbing?