So here’s an excellent question: why do people rock climb anyway? They rip up their hands, they’re covered with scabs, and they scare the wits out of themselves on a regular basis.
On the other hand, avid climbers will tell you there’s nothing else in the world like learning to trust your body enough to reposition correctly while virtually hanging in thin air; practicing creativity and concentration; overcoming your fear of the void; learning to adapt to what mother nature offers; not to mention, the many benefits of this intense whole-body workout.
Plus, because climbing is both an individual sport and a social one, you learn plenty about yourself, as well as the people you climb with. When you’re on the rock, you rely on your own skills to get to the top; but if you should happen to fall, you’re trusting your climbing partner with your life. This creates very strong bonds — different than any other kind that exist in your life.
But it’s also about discovering the natural world. Climbing takes you to some of the most beautiful places on the planet and never fails to offer a unique perspective on the world below — and the world within. As you can see, rock climbing is something very, very special for those who are inspired to take it up as a hobby — often quickly turning into their life passion.
Your Passion Deserves Eye Protection
It doesn’t take much imagination to understand that rock climbing requires some pretty fierce eye protection. Climbers contend with the glare of the blazing sun reflecting off the shear rock face, they have tiny (and not so tiny) particles of debris continually falling into their upturned faces, and they’re often drilling holes and chiseling rock to anchor new bolts — or digging out old, unsafe ones — all while blowing away rock dust while they work. So do you think — just perhaps — that a pretty great pair of protective, polarized, 100% UVA/B/C sunglasses might in order?
Top Five Rock Climbing Eyewear Recommendations:
- Oakley Fives Squared Sunglasses – “If ordinary sunglasses just don’t fit, Fives Squared is the answer. Unlike conventional sunglasses that stick out at the sides, this frame uses Condensed Cranial Geometry for a tapered architecture that feels as good as it looks, and it’s a look that soaks sophistication in adrenalin.”
- Oakley Half Jackets Sunglasses – “Performance, protection and comfort are sculpted into a new dimension of style with an interchangeable lens design that keeps you a step ahead of changing light conditions. The latest evolution wraps your vision in the razor-sharp clarity of High Definition Optics® (HDO®). Wherever your sport takes you, you’ll have the all-day comfort of a lightweight design that can take punishing abuse while serving up premium optical technology.”
- Oakley M Frames – “Maintain optical clarity with lens contours that enhance side protection from sun, wind, and impact. Stress-resistant O MATTER frames are engineered with a critical degree of flexibility to absorb impact. PLUTONITE lenses are impact resistant and offer added protection by filtering out 100% of UVA/B/C and harmful blue light.”
- Oakley Wires – “Stems with UNOBTAINIUM® increase grip with sweat, and are crafted with smooth contours and titanium MONO SHOCK™ hinges that allow for hyper-flex when the world comes at you head-on and dares to make contact. A lightweight blend of five metal compounds offer durability that keeps comfort at the top of the list. The Three-Point Fit eliminates pressure points, because life has enough of those already.”
- Oakley Racing Jacket Sunglasses – “Adapt and conquer with Oakley Switchlock™ Technology for fast and easy lens changing to optimize your vision for your environment. And when G-forces strike you, the retaining strap makes sure the frame stays put. Two sets of lenses are included (one for bright light and one for low light), and you’ll have High Definition Optics® (HDO®) to go along with the performance, comfort, and protection of ultra-premium sport eyewear.”
It’s important to remember that while hanging off the edge of a rock by your fingertips and toes, it may be more difficult to quickly and safely move away from the trajectory of a falling projectile. Moreover, the risk of eye injury increases when practicing any high risk sport.
The most frequent eye injuries suffered by rock climbers include:
- Corneal abrasions – scratches and cuts
- Wounds caused by a blunt falling object – such as the impact from a rock or a fumbled piece of equipment being held overhead
- Wounds caused by a penetrating object – such as a sharp tool or bolt.
The right climbing glasses protect you from UV rays and glare, falling debris, wind, and impact. However, to prevent injuries, always ensure a correct safe fit. Climbers should try on their glasses with their helmet to be certain they fit firmly without pressing too hard. If your glasses move or slide on your face while climbing, you increase your risk of injury due to the distraction of unstable glasses instead of concentrating on your climb. You can be guaranteed Safety Glasses USA will work with you to find the perfect-fitting pair of super-stylish, safe and protective climbing glasses to enhance your love of your favorite sport.