Rock climbing is a sport in which you climb up or across natural rock formations or man-made rock walls with the goal of reaching the summit of a formation. Rock climbing is a physically and mentally demanding sport, one that often tests a climber’s strength, endurance, agility, and balance along with his or her mental control. It can be a dangerous sport and knowledge of proper climbing techniques and usage of specialized climbing equipment is crucial for the safe completion of routes. The wide variety of rock formations around the world has led rock climbing to separate into several different styles and sub-disciplines. Check out your local gym or YMCA to learn more about rock climbing.