Why Is Climbing So Fun? – (Is It Dangerous?)

There are many factors that pull us in to practice climbing, and today we will discuss why is climbing so fun. Everyone is different but climbing in recent years has gained popularity, and now many of our friends want to know how or why is climbing so fun. If you are one of those people that want to know why, then let me as a person that climbs for 2 years now, answer that question.

As a quick answer for “why is climbing so fun”: It’s fun because of the risk, overcoming your limits, muscle development, and losing weight. Those are the main factors and we will try to describe them later in our article so stay with us if that quick answer is not enough for you.

why is climbing so fun

If you are afraid of heights there is climbing on lower structures like boulders, and that’s called bouldering. You can do it indoors and many prefer that way because you don’t have to prepare that much for every session, you just grab your climbing shoes and hit the gym. Bouldering routes in general aren’t higher than 5 meters and there is always a mattress on the floor for your safety. You don’t have any climbing gear besides your shoes and chalk… and of course your legs and arms, that’s all. We also have a great article about bouldering so make sure to check it out.

The risk

As human beings, we should avoid risk as much as possible but, nowadays where we live in a society, and our safe apartments we just don’t have that much of a risk every day as our predecessors did. So our bodies still have something in it, that wants to get some adrenaline, you know like we sometimes want to see a horror movie just to be scared.

It is similar when it comes to climbing, we want to feel some adrenaline, and fight for our lives. Of course, when you climb are 100% protected by climbing gear like ropes and expresses, but still, it is scary to do some movement on a flat wall a few meters above the ground.

why is climbing so fun

People need sometimes that feeling of being scared and climbing is a sport that can give it to you, and there are not that many sports with those features, think of jogging, cycling, or even swimming, those sports don’t have that scarcity factor.

Overcoming your limits

Many people just live their life day by day, doing their jobs, and home duties, when you don’t have to prove yourself that you’re worth something. How to prove to yourself that you achieved something great with your body? If you do a few kilometers jog will that make you feel that you achieved something? Of course but not every day, you will feel that’s your routine, especially if you do this in the same location every time you jog. That won’t give you that dopamine afterward.

Overcoming your limits in climbing will be done almost every session. That’s the essence of climbing, to overcome your limits. After the warmup, you will have to take some risks and go for harder routes to improve your skills. Routes that are too hard for you or will force you to use every ounce of power to complete them. After you finish that route you will get a dopamine boost, and feel that excitement of completion, especially if you have struggled many times with that route.


That will make you happy for the rest of your day, you will feel the need of overcoming your limits and the idea that “if you force yourself enough then you can achieve almost everything” and it is a huge advantage for the rest of the activities that we do in our daily routine.

Muscle development

If you’re getting bored at the gym with doing your schedule you know 10 reps of that, 15 of something else, to make any progress in building your muscle mass, then climbing is a great way for you to get some muscles and don’t get that feeling of boredom. I hope that I can prove to you why climbing is so fun. There are tens of climbing routes at your local climbing gym, and everyone is different, on a different level of difficulty, also with different problems to solve, and trying to solve that problem will keep you bored. 

If you have ever heard of calisthenic, it is similar to climbing. Its fundamentals are to pull up your body mass. If you think that’s easy then climbing has a lot of surprises for you like climbing horizontally or even climbing at a ceiling. That will make your muscles work hard, especially those muscles that you didn’t even know exist. Climbing focuses mostly on the upper and core muscles, unfortunately for the legs, so be prepared that your legs won’t have a lot of surfaces to stand on.


Losing weight

What sport can be better for losing weight than a sport that is basically based on your body weight? Climbing and bouldering force you to lose your body weight to get better at it. As in every other sport, it will make you burn some calories but this one changes your way of looking at additional body fat. That will turn your brain to find a way to lose some fat because you have to finish that route you started yesterday, and maybe if you lose a pound or two you will be able to finish it.

But what if losing bodyweight will make you lose some muscle mass? There is a solution for that, and we have a full article related to this topic here. Also, rockclimbernews.com recently added an article about rock climbing for weight loss.

In summary – why is climbing so fun?

Everyone is different, but until this day it took 5 of my friends to a bouldering gym for one session to try it, and 4 of them are doing it even today. I hope that this article proved to you why is climbing so fun, because it’s a fantastic sport for everyone, even if you’re short like me or if you just want to lose some body fat. Remember that if you’re afraid of heights then try bouldering instead. Try it and you won’t regret it!

Stacy Reed
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