Try Something New: Rock-Climbing as an Active and Family-Friendly Day Out
Our recent talk with Thies Janknecht about rock climbing offers great motivation as inspiration for when we can all get out and about again.
Being active is one of life’s priorities for Mia and Thies of Uberding, not just because their working week is busy and they need to unwind on the weekend, but also because they are parents and adventurers at heart. Thies describes the family’s philosophy: “Every activity and adventurous journey, no matter how small, creates its own moments, experiences, memories, and challenges. For us, being active is a really important part of being your best you.”
A passionate climber, Tibor offers to take his friends Thies, Mia and their son to try out some basic climbing techniques whilst admiring the impressively high rocks. Once they’d caught their breath again after all the activity, Mia and Thies sat down to interview Tibor about climbing, which has been his passion since his childhood.
How does climbing make you feel?
When I climb, I simply feel complete freedom. The fascinating thing about climbing is being completely focused on myself and what I’m doing. I can switch off and be completely at one with myself – there’s only me and the mountain. When climbing, thoughts about work or anything else really have no place!
In your opinion, for whom is climbing the ideal activity?
I think it’s for anybody who’s enthusiastic about movement and nature, anybody who likes challenges and wants to push their limits. But it’s also for anybody who would like to experience the generally good feeling you get from living an active lifestyle. It’s also perfect for families or groups of friends, because climbing demands teamwork and trust. With this activity, you have to be able to depend on others and to work together. In fact, many companies use this sport as a team-building exercise.
What do beginners need for their first climbing adventure?
You should be open for a totally new experience and for expanding your own horizons. All climbers should have an experienced climber with them when they climb, not just beginners. Proper safety is super important at the beginning. And of course, you need to have fun!
Do you have any tips on finding a good location for your first climbing adventure?
First, I would recommend a couple of visits to a climbing center for a beginners course, which teaches you the basics in safe surroundings. Once you’ve got the basics down, an experienced climbing buddy can recommend a good location that is suitable for beginners.
When you’re on a climbing tour, what are the absolute essentials?
The most important things for me are rope, proper climbing shoes, carabiner and belt. Other than that, you’ll always find some chalk, loops of rope, and a little pocket knife in my backpack.