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Sport Rock Climbing developed as a popular form of recreation within the last 25 years. As a sport this is a relative newcomer to the climbing scene. There is a slight difference between recreation climbing and sport rock climbing, but not much. The terms are usually used interchangeably. However, recreation climbing includes indoor climbing walls, whereas sport rock climbing specifically refers to outdoor climbing. Sport climbing developed from traditional climbing but is now its own form of the sport and differs in an important way.

The protection for sport climbing is permanently anchored into the rock. With trad, the protection is placed using cams and nuts, which are carried with the climber, and wedged into cracks. Since protection is bolted into the cliff, sport rock climbing is considered much safer than trad. It takes less investment of personal time. The routes can be scaled quicker and the climbing areas are easier to access. Several people can get out to a local crag and back in an afternoon. The routes themselves are not as long. As a general rule they are about half the length of a rope. By contrast, trad routes often have belay anchor points and multiple pitches which continue sometimes for several hundred feet. The equipment required for sport climbing is less extensive and less expensive. If you're in the market for gear, see climbing gear for excellent variety on sport rock climbing equipment.

Torege Polarized Sports Sunglasses With 5 Interchangeable Lenes for Men Women Cycling Running...
Athletic Tape Ultra Breathable Cotton
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Myotek Chalk Bag and Ball Bundle for Rock Climbing, Gymnastics, Weightlifting, and Bouldering...
Z-Athletic Chalk Ball for Gymnastics, Climbing, and Weight Lifting (Refillable 2 ounce)
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Black Diamond Momentum Harness
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Z-Athletic Chalk Ball for Gymnastics, Climbing, and Weight Lifting
EDELRID - Boa Lightweight Sport 9.8mm Dynamic Climbing Rope, Carrot/Icemint
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Pair of Sport Climbers
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Fusion Climb Centaur Half Body Harness Orange M-XL for Climbing Gym & Rope Course
MIER Men's Outdoor Sports Pants Hiking Climbing Pants, Water Resistant, Black, Navy Blue
WHENOW Men's Winter Jacket Ski Snow Climbing Hiking Warm Coat Outdoor Sports Jacket
Climber's Tape 1/2"x10 Yds
Ynport Men/women's Thin Softshell Climbing Pants Fast Dry Breathable Trousers
AMC(TM) Climbing Panda Compact Chalk Bag with Belt
Kenox Hiking Backpack Sports Climbing Cycling Backpack Bag Outdoor Running Camping Backpack
Naturehike Outdoor Backpack Climbing Backpack Sport Bag Camping Backpack (Light blue)
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AMYAMY 16 in 1 Wide 6pcs Assorted Seamless Headbands for Men/Women Athletic Moisture Wicking...
Kids Playground Play Set for Floor & Ceiling / Family Indoor Training Gym Sport Set with Accessories...
Taikes Outdoor Backpack Climbing Backpack Sport Bag Camping Backpack
WATERFLY Waterproof Frame Backpack for Climbing Hiking Mountaineering Daypack
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Black Diamond Solution Climbing Harness - Men's
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Bluelasers Ultralite Waterproof Breathable Socks for Hiking,Climbing,Sports,Outdoors,Camping
TETON Sports Oasis 1100 2 Liter Hydration Backpack; with a New Limited Edition Color; Free...
TETON Sports Trailrunner 2 Liter Hydration Backpack; with a New Limited Edition Color
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