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Wall climbing a good start to overcome acrophobia

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Young Cambodians climb a wall at Phnom Penh Climb. Hong Menea

Wall climbing a good start to overcome acrophobia

If you ever wished you could overcome the fear of heights, wall climbing may be the answer. It’s no difficult task and is considered an awesome feat for those who enjoy exercise, improving their physical health and getting rid of acrophobia (the fear of heights).

Regardless of your physique, wall climbing is suitable for all people regardless of age. And it does not mean you have to climb a very high wall or have no safety equipment.

Operating a training course at their establishment near the Russian Market since 2015, Phnom Climb Community Gym – or Phnom Penh Climb – announced registration for the next training course from late September to mid-October.

It says on its Facebook page that rock climbing is the best class for those who want to learn the skills using a string. It also teaches safety by using a Belay string to climb the wall without fear. It’s a necessary session if one has never climbed a wall before.

In addition, wall climbing trains one to have a high level of fearlessness, flexibility, and to face actual obstructive situations.

Sor Seyha, 21, a wall climbing coach at Phnom Penh Climb for the past three years says: “Rock climbing has benefits as a general sport and is healthy.

“Through it, we raise our ability to overcome the fear of heights, sharpen our intelligence as the sport requires climbers to think a lot in order to challenge each obstacle before reaching the goal.”

Responding to the concerns of those who are just starting in the sport, Seyha says they can climb the wall within a short time of training. This is because there are three types of walls – easy wall, medium wall, and difficult wall, which is between four and 10 meters high – under the guidance of experts.

Without requiring climbers to practice so hard before starting on the sport, Seyha says: “Basically, for the low wall, before climbing we have one coach, he instructs us for a moment. Then participants climb by themselves and know how to think about using steps and hands to climb before asking their teacher for more tips.”

“But for the high wall, we have to learn for about one hour before starting to climb. For example, even though I was a first-time climber and physically strong after climbing the low wall, I needed to learn more and spent an hour practising techniques before climbing the high wall, he said.

As a three-year training coach at Phnom Penh Climb, he says there are many health benefits such as building muscles from the waist up, especially at the hands, waist and chest.

Phnom Penh Climb costs 14,000 riel for the first Cambodian customer each day, another 10,000 riel is charged for the training course by specialists, which is held every Wednesday.

The training course for low wall climbing per session has six people, while the high wall training course consists of 12 participants each. The training course for high wall climbing for foreigners is limited to only eight people.

Phnom Climb Community Gym or Phnom Penh Climb is located at #11B, Street 29 near Russian Market, Phnom Penh.

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