Used to be a climber..
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Location: East Baldwin, ME
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Indoor climbing gives you a great workout, in that you'll build forearm/grip strength fairly quickly since it's usually all vertical, or past vertical (in the bouldering areas). Outdoor climbing, on many climbs you can at least rest in parts, depending on the climb of course.
I started getting into rock climbing a few years back, took a toproping course and what not.....it was fun, but since I'm short (5'7"), I found it a bit challenging on the harder routes. I used to go with my gf's brother, but he got married a few years back so no more climbing partner. CT doesn't exactly have any mountains, but there are quite a few crags around - and have at least 3 within a 5-10 minute drive from my house.
I kinda like ice climbing better.
*edit* Oh yeah...you wanted the benefits of climbing....
Well.....you can develop some decent cardio fitness and work different muscle groups in the legs from hauling in your climbing gear if it's a long hike in/out. On some of the harder climbs where you're really putting out a lot of effort and can't rest much, you'll notice your heart rate begin to climb a little, so you get a bit of a cardio benefit as well, but nothing major (nothing like climbing hills on a bike, for example).
You can gain a bit of core strength (lower back), but if you climb "properly", you'll use your legs for the most part to push yourself up the rock rather than pulling yourself up with your arms. Bouldering would be good for getting more muscles involved.
Last edited by GuitarWizard; 10-21-06 at 07:16 PM.