From every climbing competition in this world, they all have a different style of rules, boundaries and even amount of places to climb. But this competition, this one competition breaks all the boundaries set before them within the sport of climbing, they separate the climbers from the men, they show what the word endurance truly means. They create a competition that last twenty-four hours of non-stop climbing!
This competition was produced as an eco-friendly way of teaching people who were committed to a sport such as climbing of ways to re-use and re-cycle materials that involved there sport, so with climbing that usually had something to do with rope, helmets, carabiners and Slacklining. All of those utensils for climbing contain some type of recyclable material whether if it is plastic, steel or polyethylene which is usually in rope. But as the competition soon progressed over the years and became popular across north america, people soon began to realize the importance that this competition was portraying over the whole idea of what good recycling does with past utensils you used in climbing that were now pieces of the past that could no longer be used were better off being renewed for a new beginning of a new type of life rather than being thrown into a pit never being renewed and never being used to proclaim new victory of a new mountain. So if you haven’t gotten my point yet over why this competition is taking place, you may want to checkout the website for the competition, http://twofourhell.com
The competition was simply amazing. If it was from actually competing in the competition or watching others as they took the final push (or leap) to a victorious but skin tearing victory. But for one of my first competitions this one will probably be high ranked in the coming years as one of the best. For one it was just a good time to come to realize that it was the perfect place to show off some skills, and I ended up winning first prize for the seventeen and under division! But it also showed me that climbing is not just a sport of self winnings, it’s a sport that allows anyone that has the finger strength to get together with others and teach one another there concepts of climbing and to work as a “team” to complete any problem on a rock out there.
My next significant competition is in a place only known to man for one immense sport and that’s climbing. Any type of climbing whether if its from bouldering small rock boulders to climbing towering tall rock walls. It’s all there, but for this competition it’s main place of sport is in a section of climbing that consists of people who are willing to develop massive callouses and then two minutes later tear them off as there hands slip through the sharp rough rock that has no mercy on there hands as they fall. This section of climbing is known as bouldering and all you need for this part of climbing is a pair of climbing shoes and a mindset that is ready to go through anything.
This climbing competition is one of the most interesting ones yet. Its in Jasper Arkansas right in the middle of Horse Shoe canyon and the actual climbing in this competition lasts a whole 24 hours literally climbing the whole time, trying to run through new routes each time.
CLIMBING is the activity of using one’s hands and feet (or indeed any other part of the body) to ascend a steep object. It is done both for recreation (to reach an inaccessible place, or for its own enjoyment) and professionally, as part of activities such as maintenance of a structure, or military operations.
Climbing activities include:
- Bouldering: Ascending boulders or small outcrops, often with climbing shoes and a chalk bag or bucket. Usually, instead of using a safety rope from above, injury is avoided using a crash pad and a human spotter (to direct a falling climber on to the pad).
- Buildering: Climbing urban structures – usually without equipment – avoiding normal means of ascent,a lot like stairs, escalators, and elevators. Aspects of buildering can be seen in the art of movement known as Parkour.
- Canyoning: Climbing along canyons for sport or recreation.
- Chalk climbing: cliffs of chalk may (with difficulty) be climbed using some of the same techniques as ice climbing .
- Competition Climbing: A formal, competitive sport of recent origins, normally practiced on artificial walls that resemble natural rock formations. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the official organization governing competition climbing worldwide and is recognized by the IOC and GAISF and is a member of the International World Games Association (IWGA). Competition Climbing has three major disciplines: Lead, Bouldering and Speed.
- Ice climbing: Ascending ice or hard snow formations using special equipment designed for the purpose, usually ice axes and crampons. Techniques of protecting the climber are similar to those of rock climbing, although the protective devices themselves are different (ice screws, snow wedges).
- Lead Climbing: a specific sub-category of climbing in which the climber uses quickdraws to clip onto permanment bolts in the rock, and thus clips the rope into each quickdraw as she or he climbs up. A quickdraw consists of two caribiners attached on each end of a piece of webbing. One caribiner holds the rope and the other caribiner clips into the fixed bolts in the rock or gym wall. Quickdraw caribiners come with a variety of features including straight gate, bent gate, and wire gate. The carabiners are quickdraws never lock. Quickdraws may be attached to the gear loops on the waist of one’s harness while climbing.
- Mountain climbing (Mountaineering): Ascending mountains for sport or recreation. It often involves rock and/or ice climbing.
- Net climbing: Climbing net structures. The climbing structures consist of multiple interconnected steel reinforced ropes attached to the ground and steel poles. Climbing nets are usually installed on playgrounds to assist children in developing their balancing and climbing skills.
- Pole climbing (gymnastic): Climbing poles and masts without equipment.
- Lumberjack tree-trimming and competitive tree-trunk or pole climbing for speed using spikes and belts.
- Rock climbing: Ascending rock formations, often using climbing shoes and a chalk bag. Equipment such as ropes, bolts, nuts, hexes and camming devices are normally employed, either as a safeguard or for artificial aid.
- Rope access: Industrial climbing, usually abseiling, as an alternative to scaffolding for short works on exposed structures.
- Rope climbing: Climbing a short, thick rope for speed. Not to be confused with roped climbing, as in rock or ice climbing.
- Scrambling which includes easy rock climbing, and is considered part of hillwalking.
- Tree climbing: Ascending trees without the intention of harming them, using ropes and other equipment. This is a less competitive activity than rock climbing.
Rock, ice and tree climbing all usually use ropes for safety or aid. Pole climbing and rope climbing were among the first exercises to be included in the origins of modern gymnastics in the late 18th century and early 19th century.
The orphanage in Zambia that I am going to is part of a project called the shishamoah project which gives kids who have know family or are the breadwinners of the family an education, a home, and rather than picking berries or rocks they find somewhere and sale them the shishamoah project gives them the tools they need for whatever they want to sale. Like if they want to sale jewelerey they give them the tools to make jewelery. And the main thing I am going to do is help out at the orphanage and buy the products the kids sale and buy the tools they need to sale it.