Climbing has been around for hundreds of years. Maybe it wasn’t always done for entertainment and pleasure but more for necessity. Climbing rocks were first recorded in Chinese paintings around 200 BC. It became necessary for exploration through tall mountains starting in the 19th century and because a leisure sport starting in the fifties in the US! Since then it has exploded around the world. The world leaders in the sport make moves that seem humanly impossible. The following video shows some amazing footage of rock climbing.
In the words of the amazing Lynn Hill, climbing is a moving meditation. It really is like yoga, you have to be conscious of where every part of your body is at all times, focus on your breathing, have great balance, and hand eye coordination. When all of these things come together you can see some strength and movement that seems inhuman.
Photo by: Kilian Fischhuber
For me, seeing these climbing photos is extremely motivating to go and train harder to be able to complete harder moves which opens up new routes of different difficulties!
Photo by: David Clifford
Another aesthetic of rock climbing is the beautiful places in the world that it can take you. There is climbing all over the world (even in Kansas). THis particular photo is one of my favorites. The climber is deep water soloing which is where it is only you and the rock, your protection is the water beneath you. This is truly free climbing, there is nothing to distract you it is just you and the rock. Makes great pictures as well.