Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Improve Your Scrambling Skills

One of the best ways to improve your scrambling skills is to rock climb. Climbing at an indoor rock climbing gym is both safe and convenient.  Red Rock Climbing Center is near Red Rock Canyon and a sponsor of the 52 Peak Club.

They have tons of routes, equipment rental, and auto belayers, meaning you can climb by yourself. They will show you the basics. You do not need to have experience.

Fast Facts:

Day passes are $15 or monthly memberships are $65. Three months: $165 (paid in full)
The least busy time are mornings.
Location: 8201 W Charleston  PH: 702-254-5604
Hours: Mon - Fri: 10 am to 10 pm; Sat and Sun: 9 am to 9 pm

Auto Belayers

Never used an auto belayer? They are simple to use. Just clip in with the auto locking biner to your harness and start climbing. It works similar to a seatbelt without the sudden jerk. This is great because it allows you to down climb routes. Being proficient at down climbing is a skill every rock scrambler needs!

You need to climb in a straight line and not traverse too far from the belay device, which is on the ceiling.

When you are finished climbing, make sure to attach the biner back to the dead weight. See the photo.