ROCK CLIMBING IN UKRAINE
Rock climbing is not easy but the pleasure you will take in climbing is indescribable.
For many years rock climbing was inseparably linked with alpinism but in 1947 rock climbing became an independent kind of sport. Rock climbing as a mean of getting over heights in uplands appeared long ago but as a sport task and a kind of active rest only in XIX century. At first it became widespread in such European countries as Germany, Austria, Scotland, Switzerland and other. The analogue of rock climbing named stolbizm arouse in Russia near Krasnoyarsk. In XX century it became popular in the USA. The interest in climbing was growing with every year, at the moment there are more than 2500 districts for rock climbing. The competitions on rock climbing are officially held every year around the world.
Preparations before your first rock
Strength is not everything you need to be successful in climbing. Important skills you need to develop are balance, creativity, concentration and muscles of legs and arms. Of course you should also overcome your fear of heights. There are different types of climbing about which you should know before your first height: free climbing means that you use no accessory equipment for climbing; solo climbing is for the advanced climbers because you use no protective gears and should be fully sure in your skills; trad climbing is when you use your own protective equipment. The best way to get started in rock climbing is to go to indoor climbing clubs where you can get basic knowledge and technique in a safe way.
Where to climb in Ukraine
It is advised to start your rock climbing in Ukraine with the training indoors. The best place for it is the Crimea where a lot of clubs, facilities and mountains are situated. There is a new bouldering club "Cherdak" in Alupka which can be a good training simulator. New objects for climbing were built in Simeiz lately and a great work was made on clearing the routes. Besides Simeiz is a nice place for tourists with clear beaches and picturesque landscapes which can make your Ukraine travel even better. Another wonderful place for rock climbing in Ukraine is the Carpathians – Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk and Zakarpatska oblasts. You can choose an organized tour, for example Chernogorsky range. You will see famous highland lakes, rich in herbs meadows and wonderful flowers. Thus your Ukraine travel will be unforgettable.