Rock climbing is a physically and mentally challenging sport. Knowledge of proper climbing techniques and usage of specialized climbing equipment is essential as it can be a dangerous sport. So a person who wants to take up this sport needs to do a lot of research before starting.Due to the wide variety and range of rock formations around the world, rock climbing has been divided into several different styles. Some of them are - Aid, Traditional, Sport, Bouldering, Free climbing, Free soloing, Solo aid, Indoor, Scrambling, Deep Water Soloing, Mixed climbing, Rope soloing, Simul climbing, Top roping.
There is some criticism directed towards rock climbing due to several reasons. One of these is environmental concerns that many have due to the fact that while climbing soil erosion, chalk accumulation, littering, abandoned bolts and ropes, human excrement, introduction of foreign plants through seeds on shoes and clothing, and damage to native plant species does occur. But many climbers today adhere to minimal impact and no trace practices to limit their trace on the environment.All in all rock climbing is a very interesting sport which everyone should give a try. It helps to keep a person healthy in many ways both physically and mentally due to the harsh conditions one is in while climbing and also while preparing for the climb.So go ahead, do your research and start climbing today.