Rock climbing in Israel, as the name suggests, is a fight with gravity. While rock climbing in Israel is now a major player in the area of extreme adventure sports in Israel, here are a few details you should know.
For people who love rock climbing in Israel, there is almost nothing more pleasurable than to be confronted by a formidable rock-face and think “No, can’t climb this…”, and to then conquer it. A deep feeling of accomplishment and self-confidence is achieved whenever a rock is climbed, no matter the height.
Most experienced climbers in Israel say rock climbing in Israel is all in the “rosh”. This is so because if one man can climb a certain rock face, given comparable skills, so can another. Generally, someone will stop halfway up the rock face because they are too afraid to go on.
It is unnecessary to mention that a fear of heights can definitely exacerbate this. As we mentioned above, it’s all in the “rosh” - the head. As soon as one moves past the anxiety of falling or getting hurt, that individual can climb whatever they set their mind to.
Climbing in Israel is a whole body experience, about balance, creativity and symmetry. You have to know your own body, the ability to adapt to what the rock presents
us with and to be able to reposition ourselves accordingly.
Rock climbing is Israel is a full-body discipline and even though your upper body gets a fair share of hard work, your lower torso, your legs and feet, are what is vital for upward mobility. Rock climbing in Israel is also about focus and concentration, and conquering your anxiety of the unknown.
People may think that they need to be young or highly athletic to learn rock climbing in Israel. This is a sport for all ages. You can begin rock climbing in Israel later on in life, and there are great climbers of all ages. There are climbers in Israel in their fifties who are excellent competition for the younger climbers.
For many climbers, rock climbing in Israel is about discovering the natural world around you and the quiet world within.
Climbing in Israel will take you to amazing and unique climbing sites and most surely will provide you with a unique vantage point to view the world below you. Climbing involves learning many things about ourselves and the people you climb with.
Rock climbing in Israel is dually a solo and social activity. While someone is climbing the rock they can only depend on their own prowess to climb to the top. Nonetheless, if someone does fall they will have to trust their climbing buddy with their life.
Without a doubt, there is no room for error! This usually creates deep kinship and bonds between climbing partners.
Rock climbing in Israel, like learning to play an instrument, is relatively simple to learn the basic moves but can take years to attain mastery.
There are many different climbing styles. The primary climbing types include: artificial climbing walls, free rock climbing, trad rock climbing, top roping, solo climbing, bouldering, aid climbing, ice climbing and alpine climbing. For the purpose of this introductory article about rock climbing in Israel, we will only touch upon the first five types.
Top-rope Climbing in Israel is climbing a rock face with the rope always secured above the climber. Top-roping provides a rock climbing experience with all the benefits but nominal danger.
If someone falls, they usually only drop a few inches until the rope catches, decreasing the possibility for injury. Top-roping is excellent for new climbers considering they can focus completely on climbing methods rather than worry about the dangers of falling.
More advanced climbers can fine-tune their craft or simply go over routes to boost their dexterity, strength and stamina. Top-rope climbing can be done anywhere and without much gear. The best top rope sites in Israel are at Matzok Yonim, Matzok Gitta, and at Ein Fara.
Free Climbing in Israel, also known as sport climbing, is the technique of rock climbing without the use of any gear for assisting in ascending up the rock. Climbers use only their own body parts to climb. The equipment is only for safety. The best free climbing site in Israel is at Keshet Arch.
Trad Climbing in Israel makes use of the climbers own friends, chocks, stoppers and other passive and active gear instead of the pre-drilled bolts.
These are fittings of different shapes which can be places in cracks or holes for safety without damaging the cliff. Called clean climbing, it is the only permissible mode of climbing in some regions.
Given the technical aspects of this type of climbing in Israel, it is usually only for the more advanced climbers. The best trad climbing site in Israel is Matzok Gitta.
Indoor and Outdoor Artificial Rock-climbing Walls in Israel (plastic rock climbing walls) have been popping up all over the country, and many are open to the general public.
Since the late 1980’s this phenomena has become increasingly popular, and is a great introduction for children and adults who are interested in learning about rock climbing. Many indoor sites come complete with instructors and rock climbing gear.
Even competitions take place on plastic nowadays. Indoor climbing gyms are a terrific place to learn rope techniques and to fine-tune basic moves. However, all serious climbers will agree that there's no comparison to natural rock.
There indoor and outdoor rock climbing walls in every major city and many smaller cities in Israel - there are too many to list.
Solo Climbing is without any type of protection, or safety gear, therefore falling will mean certain danger or worse. Solo climbing is about the climber being aware of his own body’s capabilities and using their own prudence.
Due to the dangers involved in solo climbing on land, many choose the slightly safer option of a solo water climbing.
Solo climbing is not as popular as trad and free climbing, and when climbers choose to climb solo, it is a very cognizant and pre-planned choice. A great place for deep water solo climbing in Israel is at the Black Canyon, in the north of Israel.