Be Mindful of These 3 Risks of Indoor Rock Climbing

Outdoor rock climbing can be intimidating and scary, which is why many people prefer to do it indoors. Rock climbing inside is a comparatively safer sport than outside, but being prepared for any mishaps is always helpful. Although many are relatively rare, there are a few risks associated with indoor rock climbing. Thus, be mindful of these to enjoy your experience with no harmful outcomes.

  1. Falling
    It is not that risky, but still a fact to keep in mind. You can end up falling while indoor rock climbing, which usually occurs due to user error. You must make sure your equipment is secured well enough. Otherwise, you can end up slipping on the wall or losing your footing. However, it is infrequent as participants are tied with their equipment properly. One thing to remain cautious about is falling back to the ground. If the belayer releases you completely when there is a considerable space between you and the ground, you might end up:

    • Spraining your ankle
    • Dislocating your knees
    • Straining your muscles

    Although they are rare, these injuries can still occur. Therefore, be attentive while having fun — don’t lose track of your safety.

  2. Skin Abrasions & Injuries
    Minor bumps and bruises on the skin are not that big a danger. Nonetheless, you should keep them in mind when participating in indoor rock climbing. You might notice some skin abrasions as you are climbing up the wall, like:

    • Grabbing onto rocks might give you blisters and cause callouses on your hand, especially if you are new at indoor rock climbing.
    • Holding the rocks persistently and grabbing them from various angles in sudden movements can give you minor skin injuries like cuts and abrasions.
    • Ropes can rub and cut against your skin as you climb and descend, giving you rope burns. This may look like redness and irritation.
    • Even if the rocks are artificial, they can still hit pretty hard. Hence, you might notice bruises near your knees and elbows.

    These injuries are not severe, and proper care should heal them on time. However, some of them might be hard to avoid.

  3. Bumping into Other Climbers
    While climbing, you should be attentive to both your and other climber’s errors. Thus, steer clear of other climbers and don’t get too close to them. If they reach your area, let them pass or let them know that you are making a move. Remember: everyone’s safety is important. Therefore, keep communicating with climbers near you if you are making a move.

What’s The Conclusion?

Indoor rock climbing can be a fun activity with friends and family. It gives you an enthralling, adventurous feel while being safe and secure. But, like any other sport, it also poses some minor dangers. What you should do is: make sure your equipment is secured correctly, don’t jump on the ground from a considerable height, avoid getting close to other climbers, and be aware of the minor skin abrasions that can come with indoor rock climbing. We have fun, safe adventures for you at Flip N Fun Trampoline Park. Dial (832) 602-5400 for any information you need.

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