Want to Go for Indoor Rock Climbing? Know its History First!
Adventure is one of the important needs of today’s human. Gym, hiking, tracking, skiing and other adventure sports are becoming popular day by day. One such sport is rock climbing. Beginning in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, rock climbing has two different branches. Outdoor rock climbing and indoor rock climbing, out of which indoor has become more famous over the last 20 years. Here is more about its history.
The beginning of the adventure!
- It is believed that the first person to build an indoor climbing structure was Don Robinson, but this is not true. The first wall for indoor climbing was created at the Ullswater School, Penrith, in England in 1960. The wall was built in the school’s new gym with bricks and stones for hand and foothold. The structure featured a top rope bar in it.
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- Colin Mortlock, in 1961 created an indoor climbing wall in the sports hall of Royal Wolverhampton School, West Midlands. The wall featured wooden slats glued to the wall. It helped in training finger strength and stamina in the off-season.
- Keeping the trend of wall building, Meadow Boys Club in 1962 built an indoor wall in Nottingham, England to enhance their skill levels instead of just teaching fundamentals and safety rules. Unlike the other two walls, the new wall had the property of aid climbing across the steel-framed roof. To increase the difficulty levels, they used architect walls and further added bricks to the cavities.
- In 1964, Don Robinson built his iconic wall at Leeds University. Since he had witnessed many climbers being injured due to lack of training in the off-season, he decided to make a training tool to prevent the same. To stimulate motion that a climber would make outside, he used to train them on a wall with glued-on rocks and stones. This allowed the climbers to create their tracks and expand on the original traverse for their training. Inspired by his success, he started the DR Climbing Wall company in the middle of the ’70s.
The modern-day climbing
In 1987, the craze of climbing walls reached the U.S. and American’s first climbing gym, Vertical World, was built in Seattle by the renovation of an old factory. It’s still operating!
It was just because of Metolius’ creation of plastic bolt-on climbing holds, in 1980s gyms got ease to change routes quicker and built a lighter climbing wall.
Nowadays walls are built to allow climbers to climb top-rope routes on their own. Moreover, augmented climbing walls are walls that combine projected graphics and proprietary body tracking creating interactive games and training applications for the climbers.