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Rock Climbing

What Is Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is an activity in which participants climb up, down or across natural rock formations or artificial rock walls. The goal is to reach the summit of a formation or the endpoint of a usually pre-defined route without falling. Due to the length and extended endurance required and because accidents are more likely to happen on the descent than the ascent, rock climbers do not usually climb back down the route. It is very rare for a climber to downclimb, especially on the larger multiple pitches (class III- IV and /or multi-day grades IV-VI climbs). Professional rock climbing competitions have the objectives of either completing the route in the quickest possible time or attaining the farthest point on an increasingly difficult route. Scrambling, another activity involving the scaling of hills and similar formations, is similar to rock climbing. However, rock climbing is generally differentiated by its sustained use of hands to support the climber’s weight as well as to provide balance.

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When Did Its Start

Hot air balloon was the earliest flying vehicle invented by man to take people into the sky. Do you know that the first passengers in a hot air balloon were animals! A sheep, a duck and a rooster were carried in a basket attached to a balloon. This balloon flight took place in 1783 in France. It was the Montgolfier brothers, Joseph and Etienne, who created this airborne machine from paper and linen and powered it by fire. It ran for eight minutes.

Ever since, and many improvisations later, millions across the world have enjoyed flying in a hot air balloon either as a sport or recreation. It is one of the most serene, enjoyable activities you can ever experience in outdoors.
Today, balloon races and festivals are popular International sports aviation events held annually in many places throughout the year. Hot air balloons of all shapes, sizes and colours, attract hundreds of balloon pilots and thousands of spectators from around the world. A tethered hot air balloon is popular for short rides and fun, perfect for family outing.

Whats The Best Time To Do It

The best time for hot air ballooning is from October to March when the temperature becomes cooler. The cold climate makes the hot air inside the balloon lighter and enables it to rise and stay up for a longer period. In the cooler months you may want a jacket during the morning but it will not be any cooler in the balloon than it is on the ground. Also, don’t forget your camera or video! There will be many photo opportunities during your ballooning experience.

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