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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.

Hiking Backpack ONEPACK 50L(45+5) Waterproof Backpacking Outdoor Sport Daypack with Rain Cover...
Hiking rock climbing cushioned crew socks in outdoor hunting and camping with patented ankle...
Step2 All-Star Sports Climber
Kagogo Adjustable Thick Sponge Collision Avoidance Kneeling Kneepad Outdoor Climbing Sports...
Facenature Outdoor Sports Camping Hiking Climbing Waterproof Internal Frame Backpack Lightweight...
Mountaintop Hydration Pack Backpacks Hiking Backpack for Cycling Running Bicycle Walking Climbing...
Camping Backpack Outdoor Backpack Sport Bag Unisex Backpack
Knee Pads , ADiPROD (1Pair) Thick Sponge Collision Avoidance Kneeling Kneepad Outdoor Climbing...
3dRose wb_180390_1 Eat Sleep Climb-Passionate Rock Climber Text-Climbing Sport Hobby Sports...
Evolv Luchador Lace Climbing Shoe - Men's
TETON Sports Trailrunner 2 Liter Hydration Backpack; with a New Limited Edition Color
TETON Sports Oasis 1100 2 Liter Hydration Backpack; with a New Limited Edition Color; Free...
LUKADO TPU Bicycle Camping Hiking Climbing Sport Hydration Water Bladder Bag,Blue
White Athletic Sports Tape VERY Strong EASY Tear NO Sticky Residue BEST TAPE for Athlete &...
Vbiger Cycling Gloves Full Finger Mittens Light-reflecting Sport Gloves for Men
Sport Watches 30m Waterproof Multifunction Climbing Dive LCD Digital Watches Men's Wristwatch Green
Aluminum Locking Climbing Carabiner D Shape Auto-Locking Carabiner Hook Twist Lock Carabiner...
Paladineer Outdoor Backpack Lightweight Hiking Backpack Small Daypack Sport Bag Camping Backpack...
Kenox Hiking Backpack Sports Climbing Cycling Backpack Bag Outdoor Running Camping Backpack
Topsky Outdoor Sports Waterproof Hiking Climbing Internal Frame Backpack Unisex 40L 50L 60L...
La Sportiva Men's Tarantulace Climbing Shoes
Black Diamond ATC - Sport Belay Device
OUTAD Multi-Sports Helmet Skateboard Scooter BMX Bike Cycling Climbing Helmet ,Middle Size
Dianoo 2 Pcs Moutaineering Buckle - Multifunctional Outdoor Sports Carabiner Buckle - Stainless...
Zeagoo Lightweight Waterproof Active Outdoor Hoodie Coat Cycling Running Sport Jacket
Step2 Game Time Sports Climber
AYAMAYA 30KN / 3000Kg Aluminum Locking Climbing Carabiner D Shape Auto-Locking Carabiner Hook...
WHENOW Men's Winter Jacket Ski Snow Climbing Hiking Warm Coat Outdoor Sports Jacket
Summit Treestands 180 Max SD Climbing Treestand, Mossy Oak
Elite Sportz Chalk Bag and 2 x Chalk Balls - Quick-Clip Belt with for Rock Climbing, Weight...
Cross Training Gloves with Wrist Support for Fitness, WOD, Weightlifting, Gym Workout & Powerlifting...
Mountaintop 70L+10L Outdoor Sport Water-resistant Internal Frame Backpack Hiking Backpack Backpacking...
Trango Sport Climbing Package
Outdoor Sports Safety Helmet for Rock Climbing Caving Rappelling Head Guard Cycling Head Protective...
AMC(TM) Climbing Panda Compact Chalk Bag with Belt
AMYAMY 16 in 1 Wide 6pcs Assorted Seamless Headbands for Men/Women Athletic Moisture Wicking...
Z-Athletic Chalk Ball for Gymnastics, Climbing, and Weight Lifting
WATERFLY Ankle Length Waterproof Sock Ultralite River Trekking Tracing Breathable Professional...
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