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Celebrities into Climbing: Famous Celebrities Who Have Conquered Mountains

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Climbing of any kind is an activity that everyone should get into at least once in their life. When you’re on a mountain, hanging on a rockface, or even climbing trees, you get a benefit unlike any other. On one side, you get to experience challenging yourself and pushing your personal boundaries; on the other, you get to appreciate nature and the wonders that this planet has to offer.

Celebrities are also people like us; just trying to get through another day, interested to try different things out. It is entertaining that some of them have done climbing at least once, and there are different types of climbing that they are in.

Lea Michele
Climb: Indoor

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Indoor climbers may have rubbed elbows with one Lea Michele at least once. The actress confessed how much she loved her initial indoor climbing experience, she had an interview done while she was trying out an indoor wall. Even when going guesting and late night shoots, Lea still put in time the next morning to get some climbing in.

Keira Knightley
Climb: Indoor

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Even with a busy schedule, Keira Knightley of “Pirates of the Caribbean” fame takes time to go out and try the newest indoor climbing gym on the block. She may not be very vocal about what she does to slim down further, but the actress has been spotted at least once in an indoor climbing gym. This was during a break in filming a movie.

Cheryl Cole
Climb: Kilimanjaro

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Climbing a mountain can be fun alone, but once you add friends, you’ve got a climb that’s a whole lot better. Cheryl Cole decided to try out climbing Mount Kilimanjaro along with a few buddies such as Gary Barlow and DJ Chris Moyles. They took the Lemosho Route—a multi-day route. However, conditions went awry as the wind was too strong once they got back from the summit, which hastened their descent.

Jessica Biel
Climb: Kilimanjaro

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Now you know why she’s always sporting such a rocking body. Jessica Biel, ever athletic and active, decided to try conquering Kilimanjaro and managed to reach the summit doing so. Her group included musician Kenna, actor Emile Hirsch, and Kick Kenned of the Kennedy family. Even through increment weather and dropping temperatures, the entire group managed to reach the summit through the 7-day Shira path.

Eliza Dushku
Climb: Rock

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Known for her roles that include a little more kick than most, Eliza Dushku always finds time to squeeze in a little exercise in her routine. This includes rock and indoor climbing, two activities that helps her keep her body in shape. Growing up with her brothers also helped in getting her into the active lifestyle. Recently, though, her schedule only allows for a bit of Zumba and, impressively, triathlons.

Rock Climbing Basics: The Gears and the Techniques to Get Started

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Looking to have fun while getting fit?

There are a lot of exercises that offer fun while getting fit. For instance, at the gym or while jogging, you can invite friends to join you—the more, the merrier. Alternatively, there have been various exercises integrated into programs that let you dance at the same time you lose weight. Of course, there’s always the popular rock climbing—an activity that gives you double the fulfilled feeling.

If you’re one of those people who want to get into rock climbing for whatever purpose, there are basics that you have to master, as with all activities.

First, Find a Guide

It’s not that hard to find a guide; finding one that’s right for you depends on what kind of climber you are. If you’re a beginner, you have to find a guide that’s certified so you get the best learning experience possible. If you’re an advanced climber, you still need a good guide to act like your spotter.

Second, decide on a type of climb

There are many types of climbing you can do. You can go indoors and get the hang of climbing—indoor climbs are good for beginners as well as safe for those who want to practice. If you’re advanced and itching to conquer a mountain or a specific rockface, then you better pack your bags and go outdoors.

Third, know which gadget is called what

You’re going to hear a lot of these terms when you’re climbing, so you should study up. A rock shoe is a smooth-soled footwear that is used to grip the rockface with its sticky rubber. You have your harness—a belt looped around a climber’s belt that attaches to a rope. A belay is something your spotter uses to keep you secure while climbing.

Fourth, always get some practice

You can always do indoor climbing so you get the hang of the basics of climbing a rockface. If you don’t have the money to climb indoors, you can always save by building your own improvised climbing wall. This allows you to study the techniques you see when climbing a rockface or indoors.

Fifth, know the ropes

Buying a rope for rock climbing isn’t always as simple as it seems. You should know that there is a different rope for when you’re doing recreational climbing. Use dynamic ropes to climb with a bit of elasticity; if you’re working on an emergency like rescues and some rappelling, you should use static rope.

Sixth, get to know your route

Each climbing route has a scaled difficulty and most beginners should climb starting at the 5.0 scale. Once the numbers go up to 5.5 and beyond, that’s the time you know you’re getting serious. Beginners should always start at the 5.1 range and gradually work their way up to get to 5.5 and beyond.

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Safe Tree Climbing—How to Make Sure You’ve Got Everything You Need

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Tree climbing is definitely a different kind of beast, so to speak. Everytime beginner tree climbers are looking up at a tree they want to conquer, they almost always get asked one type of question—a question about their ‘starter kit.’ Basically, this starter kit contains ropes, gadgets, and gear that they need if they want to climb high up in the air and see the surrounding area of the canopy.

But before you get started, you need to decide on one thing—which technique you’re going to use. Aside from the starter kit, there are more basics to climbing that you need to review.

1|Harness

These harnesses have different features; the ones with features made for climbing trees are the ones you need to find. You’ll know them by a configuration that lets you sit in the air when you’re tired from all that climbing. This is called ‘work positioning’ and, when put side-by-side with harness used to climb mountains, they will look different.

2|Flipline: Polestrap

These are used in tandem with a climbing rope, and they work hand-in-hand with your climbing spur. It’s an important gear to have as it balances you while you climb, and it keeps you in position should you decide to rest. It also acts as a support for your harness when you’re stationary high up in the air.

3|Flipline: Lanyard adjuster

Sometimes, your lanyard can come as a complete set, but in most cases, the lanyard adjuster may be sold separately. The lanyard adjuster is used to create length and more maneuverability for your flipline or lanyard. It is also an integral part of your gear so you can keep your work positioning better.

4|Climbing Rope

There are different kinds of ropes for every type of climb. When you’re climbing a tree, you need to get a tree-climbing rope. These are set separately from rock-climbing rope and it is not advisable to use the ropes for rock-climbing when tree climbing, as they are very different.

5|Carabiners

These usually come auto-locking and they are made of a metal alloy or completely of steel. However, some tree climbers will advise you to use alloy for climbing, and separate steel use for when you need rigging. These are good for creating secure bridges that allow you to connect your harness to the other ropes and gears you use for tree climbing.

6|Spurs or Spikes

These are always used on the foot of your shoes; they allow you to use footholds when they are none, and you usually make them dig into the trunk of the tree to keep yourself in position. When used with your harness and flipline, they may also make you walk vertically on the side of the tree.

Beginner Tree Climbing: Take The First Step, Know The Basic Rep

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Many beginners make the mistake of trying to climb a tree without actually studying how to do it. They think it’s just one foot over the other; that’s not even the basics of tree climbing. Knowing the basics is actually the first step because it lays the foundation for climbing safely.

The basics of tree climbing has similarities with other kinds of climbing—that is, mountaineering and hiking. If you really are interested in climbing your first tree, you should prepare your gear. More importantly, you should prepare yourself.

The Proper Footwear

Tree climbing is a completely different hobby than mountain climbing or hiking. Just as the actions are different, the terrain is also vastly diverse. You should invest in footwear that will grip well on the grooves and cracks of a tree. You can invest in rubber shoes that have grooved soles, or any footwear that fits firmly on your feet and has good grip.

Learn to Tie a Rope

Ropes are used in tree climbing. As it is a mostly vertical surface, you’ll have to learn to tie ropes along the way to keep yourself upright and secure. You can either:

  • Tie a double rope where you drape one on a branch. The main thing that holds you secure and in place is called a ‘Blake’s hitch.’ This also allows you to pause while climbing.
  • Use a single rope. This is for climbers who are focused on making their climbing skills better. This puts more pressure on your legs, so remember to always do a leg day in the gym if you plan to climb using a single rope.

Know Your Trees

When climbing a tree, you should also know your plant basics. There are branches that you can step on, but there are also branches that won’t support your weight. Then again, there are trees with rotten branches. Knowing the difference between a dark-colored branch and a branch that’s dark-colored because it’s rotten will save you a trip to the hospital.

You Can’t Stay Up Forever

Some climbers begin to develop cat-like symptoms where they fall in love with the height they enjoy while climbing up a tree. This is not advisable; when you climb, you should plan how to go down even as you plot out your route up the tree. By doing this, you’ll save yourself the hassle of trying to navigate going down after all the effort you’ve spent just going up the tree.

Start as a Beginner

Most beginners also fall under the spell of trying to look like advanced climbers. True climbers will always respect their levels; if you’re a beginner, then act like one. You don’t have to impress others by trying to look like you’re advanced when you’re not. Doing that will also make you more prone to accidents than when you accept and acknowledge that you’re a beginner.

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Free Climbing and You: How to Become Faster and Better

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Rock climbing isn’t an easy hobby to get into. There is a lot that goes to get into shape for rock climbing. You usually have to train for stamina, not to mention getting your body in shape. You can go into the gym to train yourself to climb mountains, but ultimately, you’ll have to experience your first climb before you can go ahead and train further.

Here’s a good strategy to climbing, coming from someone who knows how it is to climb mountains—Emily Harrington.

Don’t be an expert, but be good

Harrington believes that the way to begin climbing is by mastering yourself first. Never let your bravado get the best of you. If you’re a beginner, then seek beginner slopes and ascents suited to your level. Don’t go seeking advanced problems just because you think you’re a natural.

Mastering tricks: Back-stepping

A technique that even intermediate climbers still comes back to is the back step. In this process, Harrington narrates, you shift your right hip to the wall so that you get to stand on the outer edge of your right foot. If you’ll notice other climbers, they don’t always climb straight on; some people do, and that’s not wrong, but not right, either.

Mastering tricks: Stand straight

This isn’t only a trick you learn when you’re in kindergarten or when you join the army. The same is true when you’re climbing. You must master standing up, using your legs to propel yourself upward instead of your legs. You’ll have an easier time as well as rest your arms for harder situations.

Wear the right shoes

If you’re going to go for a new pair of shoes for a climb, why not invest in a good pair right away? Beginner climbers often think that a pair of loose-fitting shoes with a comfortable fit is best. Instead, get higher end shoes, or ones that are built specifically for the climb that you’re on.

Mastering tricks: Styles make points

Each climb is a unique climb as each climber has a unique style than the next climber after them. If you see someone attempting to climb at a fast pace, the slower, surer pace may be for you. Master your own style; it will be easier to advance that way. What works for others may not work for you.

Mastering tricks: Technique, not strength

You may have often seen climbers push their way through climbs relying solely on their strength and return with an injury or two. This happens when you rely solely on your strength. Seek to develop an easy style to follow first before you target to climb using your strength. If possible, use a combination of the two.

Mountain Climbing 101: How to Get Started Conquering Mountains

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People often think of mountaineering as something that ‘frees the soul’ or ‘offers an escape from the 9-to-5.’ It is not wrong to think that this is correct, but mountaineering is much more than that.

Mountaineering is many things; using an ice ax along with cams and crampons is mountaineering. Hiking up a difficult slope, challenging yourself, pushing your body to its limits and walking on rocky outcrops is also mountaineering. In short, mountaineering is when you try to conquer the heights and reach the summit of a mountain.

Before you get started trying to conquer the Alps or even Mt. Saint Helens, you should focus on getting better. Follow these tips if you’re a beginner.

Know the differences between basic and hard climbs

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As earlier described, mountaineering covers a wide range of activities ranging from basic to intermediate. Climbing up a mountain near your town is considered mountaineering, just as trying to conquer the Alps or going on a difficult several-day climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro is. Knowing your limits is the first step towards becoming an expert mountaineer.

Know your equipment

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Even on these climbs, all you need are some comfortable shoes. That doesn’t mean you save on the quality, however. Invest in shoes that offer you an adequate amount of safety and comfort. When you buy these, look for shoes that you know will last you for a long time—the kind that, after long years of climbing on difficult slopes, will get you through some more.

Know that anyone can climb

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If you think that mountaineering is just for people with the will and determination, you’re not wrong, but climbing is for people who want to try it. It’s also open to people of all ages; adventure-seeking teens, old couples who are strong enough, even whole families with their little ones. Take note to adjust your climb, according to who is with your group.

Know the places to visit every season

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There are specific climbs that you can do during the summer if you like—you could visit a ski resort or, if you want, you can go some place warm during the winter. A good mountainous country with a tropical climate can be your destination during the winter, the same as the Alps or somewhere up north is your destination when the weather gets warmer.

Know when to climb

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When you find yourself always thinking whether you want to climb or not, chances are that you could have the will and determination needed to conquer a mountain. If you want to find this out for yourself, you could go for a beginner climb. Find an easy slope to conquer, try climbing it, and assess yourself after you’ve managed to ascend all the way to the summit if this is for you.

Tree Climbing as an Escape: Breaking the City Life with Tree Climbing

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It’s something you may have done all those years ago when you were young. At least once in their life, everyone remembers how it was like to climb a tree or at least try to climb one. The adrenaline rush you get when you’re several feet up in the air, looking down on your friends or family, is priceless. Of course, if you have a morbid fear of heights, then it unfortunately isn’t for you.

Climbing a tree isn’t something that someone just randomly picks up to do. You either have the guts to go for it and master it or you simply don’t have that. Climbing trees take dedication—at least, when you want to do it for a living or have the passion for it.

Climbing for a living

There are people who seriously consider climbing for a living; these people are those who cut trees at a high altitude so that they still manage to grow. However, there are those who would rather instruct people on climbing trees and the proper way to do that.

Climbing for all ages

Just like mountaineering, there is no specific age set for when someone wants to pursue tree-climbing as a passion. You can be as young as 15 and conquer trees as old as 150. You can probably be as old as 70 and be considered spry enough to make it up a tree that has at least 10 rings.

Climbing to cultivate

Trees are also plants, and because of that, they need to be taken care of. Some people aren’t just built for the office; some of them find work as an arborist. Aside from the bonus of working outside—kind of like field work—they also manage to take care of trees from making life difficult for the people below.

Climbing for recreation

Arborists aren’t the only people to climb trees. There are also recreational climbers or people who do it as a sort of hobby. This is where the tree climbing scene provides work for passionate people; people sign up to learn how to climb up the proper way, and teachers are needed to teach them how.

Climbing the proper way

If you want to learn how to climb, you need to go to a qualified school to learn the proper way to climb. Be wary of climbing schools, though; there are those that look legitimate enough, but turn out to be rogue schools. If you want to learn the proper techniques, look for certification and the proper documents that makes the school legal.

Climbing to get away

Tree-climbing doesn’t have to have a reason to do; you might have one, but it necessarily isn’t needed. The most common reason is to escape the doldrums of everyday life, even if only for a while. If you’re at home with nature, consider getting that feel of nature by climbing a tree.