Rock climbing is a fascinating
ROCK climbing is a fascinating adventure sport today and gained the popularity in the UK, Europe and later in India. Rock and mountains always pose a challenge to the human sense of adventure and rock climbing is mastering the techniques of climbing on exposed rocks of any height and gradient. It is an independent mountain sport activity as well an important part of mountaineering. In mountaineering history, the first record of climbing says, Antoine de Ville led a team of climbers to Mt. Aiguille (6,228 f) in the Alps in 1492. Thereafter a few more climbing records are found between the 16th and 18th centuries. But more or less, rock climbing activity began in the beginning of the 9th century in the Alps and then spread to other European countries and was later started in India by the Britishers.
One can gain confidence, personal satisfaction, immense pleasure and develop tremendous physical and mental stamina, endurance and will power through this sport. There is no age bar or special qualification for rock climbing but it requires basic physical fitness, knowledge of techniques or guidance of trained/experienced climber/instructor and good equipment for safety.
Today, advanced climbing
techniques and better climbing gears have been introduced. Rock climbing
gained popularity as one of the weekend outdoor activities in the
country after the first successful expedition to Mt Everest by Sir
Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953, after which many
government and private training institutes as well numerous adventure
clubs/youth organisations (NYKS / BS&G / NCC / YSD, etc) sprung up
all over the country to promote outdoor activities. Nowadays, rock
climbing is popular in the educational institutions too for character
building of the youngsters.
India has vast potential in rock climbing and other adventure sports being the house to the mighty Himalayas, Aravali mountains, Eastern Ghat, Western Ghat, Vindhya Hills, Chhota Nagpur hills, etc. Initially rock climbing activity started as a pleasure outdoor activity but later it became a part of adventure tourism which is now a big thrust for the adventure-loving tourists. It has been given special importance by the defence and paramilitary forces to boost familiarity with the vast mountainous borderline areas of the country. Different training institutes have been set up in the country specially for the defence and paramilitary forces. The following are the best institutes in the country where regular training courses/activities are conducted for open to all:-
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