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Climbing can be an extremely dangerous sport if it isn't undertaken under supervision and with all the necessary equipment and protection gear.

There are different types of climbing:

  • Rock climbing - climbing on steep, rocky terrain
  • Mountaineering – climbing on mountains
  • Indoor climbing - climbing on artificial climbing walls

Climbers can use aids or free climb:

  • Aid climbing – using different things to climb such pulling on gear or climbing rope ladders which are attached to drilled bolts
  • Free climbing - climbers use only their hands, feet and other body parts to make progress. Ropes and other gear are used only for protection

Competitions are usually held indoors on purpose built climbing walls. There are three main categories - difficulty, speed and bouldering, each with different climbing aims.

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