Rock climbing is an imposing sport. You might have seen the 2018 documentary Free Solo, which follows one intrepid climber’s unharnessed ascent up a 900-metre vertical rock face in Yosemite national park. Just watching it alone is a nail-biting experience.
But the beauty of rock climbing is that it’s an accessible hobby that can be as easy or difficult as you choose to make it. From building strength to improving overall wellbeing, climbing is packed full of benefits, and these days you don’t have to stray too far to get moving. Indoor facilities are popping up all over the country, letting people test their mettle in a safe and controlled environment.
For Leo Bi, operations manager and social media coordinator at North Walls, an indoor climbing centre in Melbourne’s inner-north, climbing is a 12-year-long passion.
“Climbing presents challenges in a way that I find really compelling,” says Leo. “People who engage in the sport find it really palpable,” – so much so, it seems, that it’s even debuting as an event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
If you’re curious about reaching new heights, here are four reasons why climbing might be right for you.