8 Ways to Conquer Kangaroo Point Rock Climbing
Kangaroo Point rock climbing is one of those experiences that is often turned down. Whether it be fear of the 20 metre high cliffs or concern of difficulty. Well, we are here to tell you, yes you with the clammy hands and racing heartbeat, can conquer the Kangaroo Point Cliffs and here’s how…
Choose a climb that suits your ability
The Kangaroo Point rock climbing cliffs provide a variety of routes for differing experience levels, including beginners. Begin your rock climbing induction with an easy climb. Even if you don’t make it far from the base of the cliffs, you’ll feel accomplished for even the first step. If you make it to the top, don’t forget to admire that Brisbane city and Brisbane River views!
Whilst the cliffs are open to the public, we recommend that you go with an adventure operator. At Riverlife your climb is led by highly-qualified instructors with a plethora of rock climbing experience under their harnesses. Your instructor will take you through a details safety briefing before leaving the centre. After they fit you in your provided safety equipment; harness, helmet and gloves, you will head out to the cliffs. Before you even touch the cliff face your instructor will reiterate all key safety points. They will then demonstrate climbing techniques and ensure you are safe and ready to rock climb Kangaroo Point!
Mind Over Matter
One of the biggest hurdles adventurers face when taking on Kangaroo Point rock climbing is fear. Fear of heights and of falling, although they could be considered the same thing. Nervousness and excitement can often be confused and one can quickly turn into another. For some, even putting a harness on has their hands sweating and their heart racing. If you are feeling nervous, we recommend practising deep breathing techniques. Breathing in for 4 counts, holding for 2 counts then out for 6 counts. This lowers your heart rate and works as a distraction. One of the most difficult parts of Kangaroo Point rock climbing is that first step. Hesitating can give your mind time to overthink and overanalyse. So, once you are clipped in and secure, take a deep breath and go. It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book but ‘don’t look down’ really helps if you feel yourself starting to get overwhelmed on the cliffs. At any point in your climb, if you feel you have achieved all that you can, simply let go and step off from the cliff face. Your belaying team will lower you safely to the ground. Your instructor will be watching over you every step of the way to ensure you are safe and confident on the cliffs.
Bring Moral Support
You would be surprised how far a word of encouragement can go. Whilst our instructors are trained in techniques to make you feel comfortable and confident, your own cheer squad is always great! The cliffs back onto beautiful riverside parklands your cheer squad can relax in or they can be a part of your belaying team as you climb. Feeling confident and ready to adventure solo? Just remember there must be a guardian if the participant is under the age of 16. The guardian is free of charge if they do not wish to climb but they may want to help belay.
Practice Makes Perfect
Not quite ready to tackle the Kangaroo Point cliffs? Try your hand at indoor climbing in the airconditioned comfort of a local business. Indoor climbing is not quite the thrillseeking or authentic experience as outdoor rock climbing. However, it is a great way to practice your technique and work on your upper and lower body strength. Need to feel the wind on your face and granite beneath your fingers? There are a number of climbs available from beginner to expert available on the Kangaroo Point Cliffs. Start on an easier climb and practice building your skills up, progressing in difficulty each time you climb with us. Really dedicated to increasing your climbing abilities? Money no object? Book a private session with one of our experienced and qualified instructors. They will guide you through a 2-hour session helping you progress from climb to climb.
Strength and Endurance
Kangaroo Point Rock Climbing is a strenuous experience for even the most experienced climbers. Whilst you can stop at any point of your climb, the thrill of reaching the top is second to none. In order to capitalise on this thrill, you need to ensure you have the strength and endurance to tackle the climb. The first step is to build up your endurance. Start of walking daily, slowly building yourself up to a jog then run. A 3km run without stopping is a great base level of endurance for you Kangaroo Point Rock Climb. To build strength we suggest exercises you can easily do at home such as; tricep dips for the upper body, plank holds for core and one-legged stands for balance. Whilst there is no experience required to tackle the cliffs, for those looking to challenge themselves and reach new heights, these exercises are a great way to ensure you conquer your goals.
Just Do It
I know we sound like a Nike commercial, but one of the best ways to conquer Kangaroo Point rock climbing is to just do it. Whilst the above steps will help you feel more confident and ready to take on the cliffs, there’s nothing better than just making the decision and taking the leap. Our highly qualified, professional and fun staff will be on-hand every step of the way to help you. Whether you make it 5 metres or 20 metres, you are guaranteed to feel that Serotonin hit from absolutely crushing one of your goals.