Climbing is exploding in popularity across the U.S. and climbing walls are becoming a staple of campus recreation. Part of the appeal is the unique workout that climbing offers. To finish a route, climbers must combine balance, strength and coordination to unlock the puzzle of hand holds and foot holds. At the same time, kids and adults with a wide range of abilities can try climbing. Auto belays help make the sport accessible to newcomers without any previous knowledge. Do auto belays make it too easy, though and remove educational opportunities?
On the contrary, auto belays can help you maximize the educational value of your climbing wall by increasing opportunities for learning and practicing new skills. Here are three key educational benefits of utilizing auto belays at your campus climbing wall:
Climbing is a sport that promotes physical well-being, offers a mental challenge, and teaches the value of focus and perseverance. Auto belays help make climbing accessible to newcomers without any previous knowledge and allows them to get on the wall after a quick orientation. They’ll be able to immediately experience the sport and get hooked. After that, auto belays provide many opportunities to learn and practice new skills that will help them grow as a climber and as an individual.
Jenna Stadsvold is a Marketing Coordinator with Head Rush Technologies as well as a climber of moderate abilities. She remembers that feeling of being new to the climbing gym and now enjoys helping others discover climbing for the first time. (firstname.lastname@example.org, 720-565-6885)