The early days of climbing featured a bunch of gang-ho individuals who set their sights on higher and tougher peaks. There were no harnesses or grippy, rubber-soled shoes and definitely no grading system, let alone indoor climbing walls with multi-coloured plastic holds.
But there was no shortage of passion and determination, so it wasn’t long before mountain climbers started looking to nearby, valley crags to fine-tune their skills and develop their power. And with that, rock climbing took hold.
Along came harnesses, climbing shoes, dynamic rope, quickdraws and, finally, indoor gyms – places for city-bound climbers to keep their fingers strong and their minds focused on (climbing) problem solving.