Six amazing benefits you get from rock climbing

Rock Climbing is a versatile, physically demanding sport that can be done indoors or outdoors, but is best enjoyed out in nature, pitting your wits against the natural landscape. When on our residential trips for schools you’ll be chalking up and scaling the majestic granite cliffs that begin deep in the Atlantic Ocean and slope up to the coastline in North Cornwall.

Rock climbing is not only a physically demanding sport but also a mentally demanding sport as well. It’s a sport that will test an individual’s strength, endurance, agility, balance and mental control.

At OA we have two great sites for our climbing classes; a tidal location you can walk to 1km from the centre at a hush-hush secret cove and a rock face perched half way up a cliff that we use at all stages of the time. Both have stunning unrestricted views North and South up the coast, and these awe-inspiring locations offer many different grades of route for the beginner to the most experienced climbers.

Below you will find six amazing benefits that climbing brings to the people doing it:


Combines cardio and strength workouts into a single activity

Climbing combines cardio and strength workouts into one handy activity, and during a single session of rock climbing, the body executes a number of attributes, including boosted heart rates, muscle building and increasing your stamina.

Obviously, your upper body strength will come into play during rock climbing, while the legs and core build muscle, as you need this for your balance as you’re climbing. A 1997 study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, found that ‘the cardio and energy consumed in rock climbing is similar to running at a pace between 8 and 11 minutes per mile.’


Increases flexibility

Rock climbing increases your flexibility as it encourages climbers to increase their range of motion. This is because it requires climbers to reach, leap and climb to handholds and footholds usually far from a comfortable distance.


Strengthens the mind

Think of rock climbing as a large physical puzzle, when climbing you will have to make calculated decisions to navigate your way through routes, relying on individual abilities such as strength, energy levels, reach, hand-eye coordination and route planning.


Stress Reducer

Rock climbing has been shown to reduce stress by increasing levels of norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter in the body that aids in releasing stress.

Climbers often become immersed in the flow of the activity, and often zone-out, enabling them to become consumed in the activity at hand, allowing them to focus on reaching, climbing and leaping. Furthermore, climbing outdoors has been proven to further lower stress levels as climbers are more exposed to Vitamin D from the sun.


Allows you to challenge yourself

Throughout the week at OA you’ll find that confidence, self-reliance and assurance will increase with each climb. From the very best in the world to novices, climbers find themselves at the limit of their comfort zones, yet it provides you with the opportunity to climb out of that zone and challenge yourself further and see the potential of your body and mind.


Beautiful sights and scenery

We may be a bit biased, or maybe just a bit spoilt, but climbing, especially down here in Cornwall, allows you to see some truly exquisite sights. From the beautiful granite cliffs that taper down to the blue waters of the Atlantic, to the birds of prey that hover around the cliffs, the landscape down here is to be seen to be believed.

Climbers are often heard saying they climb so they can experience the euphoric feeling of being on top of the world, you’ll certainly feel this down here in the Duchy, which is usually accompanied by adrenaline, happiness and excitement!