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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.

Camping Backpack Outdoor Backpack Sport Bag Unisex Backpack
AMYAMY 16 in 1 Wide 6pcs Assorted Seamless Headbands for Men/Women Athletic Moisture Wicking...
Athletic Tape Ultra Breathable Cotton
Helisopus Women's Strappy Crisscross Back Support Yoga Gym Sports Bra Tops
Psychi Sports Strapping Zinc Oxide Finger Tape For Crossfit Gym Bouldering Rock Climbing Boxing...
Trango Sport Climbing Package
WATERFLY Fashion Durable Unisex Outdoor Sport Gym Camping Hiking Bike Waist Pack Bum Water...
[Lad Weather] German Sensor Digital Compass Altimeter Barometer Chronograph Alarm Weather Forecast...
Fusion Climb Cabal Military Tactical Edition 12mm Zinc Plated Steel Climbing Anchor Hanger...
Aluminum Locking Climbing Carabiner D Shape Auto-Locking Carabiner Hook Twist Lock Carabiner...
Kenox Hiking Backpack Sports Climbing Cycling Backpack Bag Outdoor Running Camping Backpack
Torege Polarized Sports Sunglasses For Man Women Cycling Running Fishing Golf TR90 Unbreakable...
TETON Sports Oasis 1100 2 Liter Hydration Backpack; with a New Limited Edition Color; Free...
Black Diamond Momentum Harness
Vbiger Cycling Gloves Full Finger Mittens Light-reflecting Sport Gloves for Men
Homdox 25L Unisex Outdoor Sports Backpack with Lifesaving Whistle and Waterproof Covers, Perfect...
Z-Athletic Chalk Ball for Gymnastics, Climbing, and Weight Lifting
ONEPACK 40L Hiking Backpack Daypack Waterproof with Rain Cover
Torege Polarized Sports Sunglasses For Cycling Running Fishing Golf Unbreakable Frame TR006
Knee Pads , ADiPROD (1Pair) Thick Sponge Collision Avoidance Kneeling Kneepad Outdoor Climbing...
Redder Heated Jacket Heating Coat for Women, Safe Chargable, Resist Cold Rain and Wind Keep...
Zeagoo Lightweight Rainwear Active Outdoor Hoodie Cycling Running Windbreaker Jacket
SUNVP Bike Skate Helmets Multi-Sport Integrated BMX Helmet for Unisex Rock Climbing Scooter...
Taikes Outdoor Backpack Climbing Backpack Sport Bag Camping Backpack
Basecamp Knee Pads, Padded Knee Compression Sleeve Thick Sponge Collision Avoidance Kneeling...
Mava Sports Silicone Padding Workout Gloves - Gloves for WOD, Fitness, Weight Lifting, Bodybuilding...
Climber's Tape 1/2"x10 Yds
Step2 All-Star Sports Climber
Hydration Backpack, Evecase Sport Daypack with Hydration Bladder for Cycling Hiking Climbing...
3dRose wb_180390_1 Eat Sleep Climb-Passionate Rock Climber Text-Climbing Sport Hobby Sports...
Petzl Corax Harness
2 Chalks Balls by Zivalo (3 oz. each) - For Rock Climbing, Bouldering, Gymnastics, CrossFit...
Patella Knee Strap for Runnning, Fitness, Stairs Climbing / Adjustable Patellar Tendon Support...
West Biking Wool Mens Cycling Socks Mountain Snow Sports Climbing Hiking Sock
Magic Finger Tape
Black Diamond ATC - Sport Belay Device
WATERFLY Waterproof Frame Backpack for Climbing Hiking Mountaineering Daypack
Ceyue Hiking Boots Sportshoes For Men
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