General exercise reduces stress and anxiety, while studies have linked eight weeks of bouldering (a form of un-roped climbing on short walls) with improvements in those living with depression.
Leo, who deals with anxiety, says climbing is one way he copes with the condition. “When I climb, it focuses me in a way that my brain really struggles to do otherwise. It's the combination of just enough pressure on a few different fronts,” he tells us.
“The funny thing is that I'm terrified of heights,” he adds. “My body and mind managed to figure out how to manage it.”
Climbing is also a great way to have a break from technology, and really live in the moment. After all, it’s pretty hard (not to mention dangerous) to scroll through Instagram or post a new TikTok clip when you’re strategising your next move up a rock face.
Best of all, climbing has a wonderful network of individuals all around the world. And, according to Leo, they’re all very supportive. “The community is very aware of our journeys. And that's part of the fun.”