Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is a terrific way to improve your muscular strength and endurance. When you scale a rock face you will get a full-body workout. You use your arms and hands to locate the next handhold and to pull yourself up; you need strong legs to push your body up; and you support your weight with your feet whether you’re climbing or resting in place. Since few other sports use your upper body as much, climbing is one of the best activities for strengthening your arms and shoulders.

Rock climbing also helps with flexibility — you’ll be pushing your limbs to the limit as you reach for handholds and footholds. Just don’t forget to relax. You can sap your strength by tensing more muscles than the climb requires.

Finally, rock climbing builds discipline and teamwork skills. It’s intellectually challenging, because you have to strategically plan each move and because no two climbs are the same.

Lesson

With the Rock Wall challenge participants will be geared with safety harnesses and auto-belay lines, students have the opportunity to develop their coaching skills, goal-setting processes and creative problem-solving expertise with this intensive team challenge. Mobilize your students to develop their coaching skills, goal-setting processes and creative problem-solving skills with this intensive team challenge. Rock climbing increases muscle strength, flexibility and endurance.

To heighten teamwork demands, we can add complexity and excitement by adding relay races, climbing blindfolded or one-handed. For Language Arts and Math, we incorporate innovative “puzzles” into the climb.

Climbers learn the patience and persistence necessary to set and achieve realistic goals. Our Challenge by Choice philosophy enables every participant to experience their own success in the context of their own aspirations.

Facilitation

  1. Instruct students on the proper way to put on a harness.
  2. Inspect each student’s harness before beginning. The harness must be high and snug on the waist (not on hips). Throughout the day, keep careful watch to ensure no one climbs with a loose harness.
  3. Students will pair up, one person “on belay” observing and encouraging the climber, the other in a harness scaling the wall. This dynamic carries over to the classroom in the form of strong mutual support and trust.
  4. The belayer will hold the rope and give enough slack to allow the climber to clip in and clip out.

Things to Look For:

Loose harnesses – harnesses must be secure high on the waist Unassisted climbers – a belayer must always help with clipping in and out Crowding under the wall – keep the area clear by setting markers Stragglers – keep your group together Negativity – encourage positive feedback and encouragement
  1. Important note: The belay ropes are on hydraulics which means that if the rope is not secured into the wall, on a climber, or held by a belayer, it will launch quickly up the wall. Precious time will be wasted in retrieving the belay rope if this happens.

  2. When climbing is in progress it is important to keep the area around the wall clear, to ensure no one is accidentally kicked by the climbers. Even the belayers must stand back once their climber has clipped in.