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Pitfalls of a Home Climbing Wall

By Edited Jul 31, 2016 0 0

Home climbing walls can be a really useful tool for climbing training. After all, there is nothing better to increase your climbing ability than climbing. Of course, always it is better the real thing, but an indoor climbing gym is the closer you can get for climbing practice without going to the mountains. However, if you are planning to build a climbing wall on your home, there are some pitfalls you must be aware of before starting to build it.

Self-discipline: you will need a strong degree of self-discipline to use a home climbing wall. The risk here is not only not training at all, and so turning the climbing wall in something useless, but overtraining too. You should have a plan for training in the wall and stick to it to improve your climbing skills. Setting up a training schedule from the beginning is very important, and this includes enough time for resting between sessions to prevent injuries.

Lack of socialization: climbing alone in your home is not the best way to improve your technique. There is a great advantage of training in a group. Mostly, because you can see how other people climb and copy the techniques of climbers with more skills than you. Besides, it is easier to keep the motivation to training if you do it with other climblers.

Boring: training alone in your indoor climbing wall day after day could be extremely boring, at the point to discourage you to continue with your training routine. Climbing is a hard sport an even a couple of weeks without training can make a serious damage to your climbing ability. If you feel that training on your home could become boring, perhaps it will be preferable for you going to a climbing gym instead.

Resolving always the same problems: probably a home climbing wall would not have enough boulder problems to provide you with the variety you need to improve your climbing. Simply because of a matter of size. Besides, people have a tendency to keep doing what they already do well ignoring their weaknesses. As a result, even if you achieve to build a large climbing wall in your home, you run the risk of doing always the same and stagnate on your current level. In a gym instead your climbing partners would encourage you to try new boulders problems constantly.

Liability for owning a home climbing wall: I am not a lawyer, so take the following as information only, and not like a legal advice. What happens in the case of an accident in your climbing wall? Are you liable for it? Probably yes, it would depend mostly on your local laws. So, taking liability insurance could be a good idea if you plan to build a climbing wall in your home. Be aware, that waivers probably are not enough. Sad, but true, consulting a lawyer is must before building a climbing wall in your home.

Don't misunderstand me, I still think that a climbing wall on your home could be a great way to train for climbing. But before deciding to build one, you must be aware of the disadvantages that building and using one could have, to make the right decision whether to build it or not.



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