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Recreation Climbing and Sport Climbing

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.

Naturehike Outdoor Backpack Climbing Backpack Sport Bag Camping Backpack
Chest Pack Shoulder Crossbody Multipurpose Daypack Sling Backpack for Men & Women Travel Hiking...
White Athletic Sports Tape VERY Strong EASY Tear NO Sticky Residue BEST TAPE for Athlete &...
[LAD WEATHER] German Sensor Digital Compass Altimeter Barometer Stopwatch Alarm Weather Forecast/...
Trango Sport Climbing Package
Hiking Backpack 50L Waterproof Huwaijianfeng Backpack Outdoor Sport Daypack with a Rain Cover...
Psychi Sports Strapping Zinc Oxide Finger Tape For Crossfit Gym Bouldering Rock Climbing Boxing...
Suretex Hiking Camping Outdoor Backpack 50Liter/60Liter External Frame Waterproof Backpacking...
10 x 50 Powerful Binocular for Bird Watching Stargazing Outdoor Sightseeing Climbing Traveling...
Gym Chalk by Neba Sports | Crossfit Athletic Lifting Weightlifting Rock Climbing | 8x2oz (1lb)...
Patella Knee Strap for Running, Fitness, Stairs Climbing / Adjustable Patellar Tendon Support...
[LAD WEATHER] German Sensor Digital Compass Altimeter / Barometer/ Weather Forecast/ Multi...
TETON Sports Oasis 1100 2 Liter Hydration Backpack; with a New Limited Edition Color; Free...
Magic Finger Tape
Athletic Tape Ultra Breathable Cotton
WoneNice 50L(45+5) Waterproof Hiking Backpack - Outdoor Sport Daypack with Rain Cover for Climbing...
Vbiger 25L Durable Ultra Lightweight Packable Backpack Hiking Daypack Water Resistant Outdoor...
AMC(TM) Rock Climbing Panda Bear Design Chalk Bag w/ Drawstring Closure and Belt
Step2 All-Star Sports Climber
Cycling Gloves for Kids Breathable Non-Slip Fingerless Fishing Biking Bicycle Bike Skating...
Knee Pads , ADiPROD (1Pair) Thick Sponge Collision Avoidance Kneeling Kneepad Outdoor Climbing...
OUTAD Children Helmet Multi Sport Helmet Impact Resistance Safe Helmet Protective Head Guard...
WHENOW Men's Winter Jacket Ski Snow Climbing Hiking Warm Coat Outdoor Sports Jacket
Pair of Sport Climbers
Gosasa Alarm Date Clock Student Watches LED Digital Waterproof Sport Wristwatch Electronic...
GM CLIMBING 20kN UIAA Certified Micro Pulley Ball Bearing Sealed Slack Tender for Hitch Tending
Z-Athletic Chalk Ball for Gymnastics, Climbing, and Weight Lifting
3dRose wb_180390_1 Eat Sleep Climb-Passionate Rock Climber Text-Climbing Sport Hobby Sports...
TapTape - Fission 0.3 Finger Tape, 3 Rolls, 15 Yards Each, 0.3 Inch Width
Torege Polarized Sports Sunglasses With 5 Interchangeable Lenes for Men Women Cycling Running...
TETON Sports Trailrunner 2 Liter Hydration Backpack; with a New Limited Edition Color
Singbring Men's Outdoor Quick Dry Hiking Shorts Zipper Pockets
Elite Sportz Chalk Bag and 2 x Chalk Balls - Quick-Clip Belt with for Rock Climbing, Weight...
Liberty Mountain Climber's Tape
WATERFLY Ankle Length Waterproof Sock Ultralite River Trekking Tracing Breathable Professional...
Aluminum Locking Climbing Carabiner D Shape Auto-Locking Carabiner Hook Twist Lock Carabiner...
TETON Sports Mountain Adventurer 4000 Backpack; Ultralight Backpacking Gear; Hiking Backpack...
[LAD WEATHER] German Sensor Digital Compass Altimeter Barometer Stopwatch Alarm Weather Forecast...
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