Clayton-Bradley Academy Creates New Climbing Team | Community

Rock climbing is a relatively unorthodox activity compared to traditional team sports, but that won’t stop Clayton-Bradley Academy from enjoying it. Since October 11, the ABC’s climbing team has been training at the River Sports Climbing Center in Knoxville every Monday and Friday, with monthly competitions scheduled against other schools.

How does escalation work? Rock climbing refers to the practice of scaling cliff lines and cliffs. Specifically, free climbing (the most common type of rock climbing) is climbing with ropes attached for safety, but without artificial aids (ladders, artificial steps, etc.). There are also climbing halls, which are indoor areas containing an artificial wall, plastic handles and support points configured to simulate rock climbing. These facilities are where competitions and training take place.

The competitions are divided into rounds, which become more and more difficult chronologically. Then these tours are divided into routes. The routes are delimited from each other by the color of their grips. For example, if the route you are climbing begins on a yellow hold, you can only use yellow holds to reach the top. Each route is labeled with its class (men/women) and its type (boulders: short, technical and difficult routes. Top ropes: longer routes, endurance). Then each participant climbs each route and is scored based on their completion and performance. However, there are a few important rules.

If a participant uses a hold that is not the color of the competition course, their race is over.

Participants must place both hands on the final hold to get full points.

So far, CBA has participated in two competitions and even achieved 15 perfect scores. Students love rock climbing because it is unique, challenging, and provides new opportunities to practice sportsmanship, leadership, mentorship, and many other important skills.

Alex Eddlemon is the correspondent for Clayton-Bradley Academy.

Virginia F. Goins