Climbing is primarily a recreational sport where individuals utilize their hands and feet to climb rock walls, natural topographical objects, or cliffs. Climbing has existed since humans have existed, and requires balance, strength, endurance, and a focused composure. Common types of climbing include bouldering, canyoneering, free climbing, and indoor climbing. Unless free climbing, most individuals use a climbing harness, carabiner, belay and rappel devices, and climbing shoes in order to safely ascend and decent where they climb. While not traditionally seen as a sport, climbing will be an Olympic event for the first time in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

What is sport climbing?


Sport climbing is a type of climbing that relies on permanent anchors anchored to the rock for safety. A is also rope attached to the climber and is clipped into the anchors to prevent a fall. Sport climbing is similar to traditional climbing where the climber uses detachable protection to ascend the mountain.

What should you wear when rock climbing?

When rock climbing, you want to wear something that has a loose fit, sportswear is ideal as it isn’t tight can have material to absorb water and sweat. Protective gear is also recommended, in case of an emergency you always want to be protected.

How do you start rock climbing?

Starting off rock climbing you want to try and practice it indoors at a certified rock climbing gym, this will help you get an idea on how movement and grips interact when you climb. After that, you want to find a qualified guide and have them teach you the different types of climbing. Once that’s done, you gear up and find a route.


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Adam Ondra
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Adam Ondra is a Czech professional rock climber who began rock climbing in his childhood. He does bouldering and lead climbing and is considered the best lead climber alive. In 2014, he won the World Championship titles in both lead climbing and bouldering. Ondra is a three-time World Cup series winner in lead climbing and one-time in bouldering. Besides, he has a collection of eighteen gold medals and has climbed over a hundred and seventy-four routes. He has also redpointed over two routes. These achievements have made him appear on the cover of several climbing magazines and even publish his own books.

Adam Ondra has a height of 6’1” (1.85 m).

Group of drawings of Adam Ondra in a range of climbing positions labeled with overall height
Adam Ondra is a Czech professional rock climber who began rock climbing in his childhood. He does bouldering and lead climbing and is considered the best lead climber alive. In 2014, he won the World Championship titles in both lead climbing and bouldering. Ondra is a three-time World Cup winner.

Adam Ondra has a height of 6’1” (1.85 m).

Group of drawings of Adam Ondra in a range of climbing positions labeled with overall height
Adam Ondra
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Nationality: Czech Republic

Years Active: 2007—

Birthday
February 5, 1993

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Adam Ondra standing, climbing (various)

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Ashima Shiraishi
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Ashima Shiraishi is an American rock climber who has proved that rock climbing is not just a sport for men. She started climbing in her childhood and is now a top boulder and sports climber besides being the best teenage climber. She has received accolades for finishing first place in international competitions and being the youngest and fastest female climbers, making her appear in short documentary-style films. News outlets refer to her as "bouldering phenom" or "young crusher' or "a Gretzky of the granite." Ashima is the youngest and second female to climb a sports route with 9a/9a+ difficult grade.

Ashima Shiraishi has a height of 5’1” (1.55 m).

Group of drawings of Ashima Shiraishi in a range of climbing positions labeled with overall height
Ashima Shiraishi is an American rock climber who has proved that rock climbing is not just a sport for men. She started climbing in her childhood and is now a top boulder and sports climber besides being the best teenage climber. She has received accolades internationally.

Ashima Shiraishi has a height of 5’1” (1.55 m).

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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 2008—

Birthday
April 3, 2001

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Ashima Shiraishi standing, climbing (various)

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Alain Robert
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As other climbers prefer to climb only rocks or boulders, the Frenchman, Alain Robert also takes on urban climbing. Thus, he is nicknamed "the French Spider-Man" or "the Human Spider," famous for free solo climbing of skyscrapers without climbing gears, but with only a pair of climbing shoes and a bag of chalk. To successfully climb buildings, he uses protrusions of building walls and windows. His climbs have made him rub shoulders with authorities while also attracting considerable attention and sponsorship. Among buildings he climbed include the Burj Khalifa, Sydney Opera House, Cheung Kong Center, and Petronas Twin Towers.

Alain Robert has a height of 5’5” (1.65 m).

Set of illustrations of Alain Robert in various climbing poses dimensioned with overall height
As other climbers prefer to climb only rocks or boulders, the Frenchman, Alain Robert also takes on urban climbing. He is nicknamed "the French Spider-Man" or "the Human Spider," famous for free solo climbing of skyscrapers without climbing gear, but with only a pair of climbing shoes and chalk.

Alain Robert has a height of 5’5” (1.65 m).

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Nationality: France

Years Active:
1974—

Birthday
August 7, 1962

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Alain Robert standing, climbing (various)

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Alex Honnold
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Alex Honnold is not just America's best rock climber alive, but also a well-known celebrity with a biography that has brought him two awards: Academy and BAFTA Awards. Having been inspired by Peter Croft and Tommy Caldwell, Alex started climbing in his childhood in gyms and gained fame after climbing solo over the Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome. He became even more famous for his solo climbing of El Capitan. Alex is a free solo climber of gigantic walls and holds the fastest climb of the Yosemite triple crown. These have made him be considered the most outstanding athlete and rock climber.

Alex Honnold has a height of 5’11” (1.80 m).

Drawings of Alex Honnold in a range of climbing positions labeled with overall height
Alex Honnold is not just America's best rock climber alive, but also a well-known celebrity with a biography that has brought him two awards: Academy and BAFTA Awards. Alex gained fame after climbing solo over the Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome.

Alex Honnold has a height of 5’11” (1.80 m).

Drawings of Alex Honnold in a range of climbing positions labeled with overall height
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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1995—

Birthday
August 17, 1985

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Alex Honnold standing, climbing (various)

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Junko Tabei
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Junko Tabei was a Japanese mountaineer and the first woman to reach Mount Everest summit. Besides, she is the first woman to ascend to the highest peaks of all the highest mountains in the seven continents, also called the Seven Summit. Born Junko Ishibashi, she was a mountaineer, author with seven books, and a teacher. Junko was also famous for climbing almost all the mountains in Japan. Besides climbing, she led environmental projects to collect litter left by mountaineers and other youth initiative projects such as holding guiding excursions on Mount Fuji. Junko also set up the Joshi-Tohan Club (Women's Mountaineering Club) for women only climbers.

Junko Tabei had a height of 4’9” (1.45 m).

Drawings of Junko Tabei in a range of climbing positions labeled with overall height
Junko Tabei was a Japanese mountaineer and the first woman to reach Mount Everest summit. Besides, she is the first woman to ascend to the highest peaks of all the highest mountains in the seven continents, also called the Seven Summit. Junko authored seven books and was a teacher.

Junko Tabei had a height of 4’9” (1.45 m).

Drawings of Junko Tabei in a range of climbing positions labeled with overall height
Junko Tabei
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Nationality: Japan

Years Active: 1969-2016

Death: October 20, 2016

Birthday
September 22, 1939

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