'''How does it work?'''
Rock climbing is nothing more than you, a rock wall (or a gym wall) and a goal which you and your instructor will move up as you learn and strengthen your body. Today’s climbs are mostly ‘free-climbs’, where the equipment is used as protection and the climber uses his/her strength alone to overcome the challenge, as opposed to ‘aid-climbing’, where the gear is moved and reweighted to climb up; aid-climbing is still the most used way to climb a big wall. Climbs are either outdoors, on varying types of rock, or indoors on specialized climbing walls, born to offer climbers a place to practice during bad weather months
'''Is it for me?'''
Regardless of the venue, rock climbing is a physically and mentally challenging sport that will test your mental balance along with strength, endurance and agility. Knowledge of the right technique and equipment needed for your climb is crucial. You need to be in good shape and health to start climbing even as a beginner: if you have back, neck or knee injuries, you’ll find this is not the sport for you due to the prolonged muscle strain. Age and sex are not an issue as long as you have the upper body strength to match your weight, as you are physically lifting yourself up a wall.
'''Good to know'''
Although indoors rock climbing is often described as an alternative and secondary option to outdoor climbing, many climbers see it as only an excursion from the gym. For this reason, indoor climbing should not be classified as a secondary discipline, as it is a competitive sport, governed by local, national and international organizations throughout the world.