The first references of climbing as a discipline date back to 1911. According to a hypothesis, sport climbing emerged during the development of mountain climbing in Europe , where a distinction was made between free and artificial climbing. The difference between them was that in the first, one advanced on the rock without any protective equipment or elements that damaged the rock, not even for safety purposes. During the following decades, artificial climbing began to develop greatly due to the evolution of protection systems for personal use such as harnesses, ropes; or use on rock such as different types of pitons, stoppers, hexes and, camalots utilized around the world.
Our Cordillera Blanca is a paradise for practicing all varieties of this sport. We consider it to be an athletic discipline that requires certain physical aptitudes, dedication and perseverance if one wishes to excel. However, from the point of view of an adventure sport, it is usually not necessary to reach such levels. The fear of heights and adrenalin rush can be experienced on vertical walls that do not pose great climbing difficulty. If as children we learned to crawl gradually, then to walk and later to run, why wouldn't we learn to climb? As professionals, we at MOUNTCLIMB TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE know that working on balance is a fundamental aspect of this sport as well as learning to remain calm, controlling one's breathing while advancing and looking for possible points of support. We are not dismissing physical strength required for this sport, but it is something that will develop in time as this discipline becomes a lifestyle. It is then that the enjoyment experienced when finishing a route becomes indescribable.