To fall or not to fall: The Science of Rock-climbing
22 May 2017 By their very nature, adventure sports involve managing risk, and rock climbing is no exception. This upcoming UC Connect public lecture will focus primarily on the psychophysiological stresses associated with climbing. (read article)
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To fall or not to fall - The science of rock-climbing
Wednesday 24 May, 7pm - 8pm, C1 Central Lecture Theatures, Ilam Campus
Presenter: Professor Nick Draper
By their very nature, adventure sports involve managing risk, and rock climbing is an archetypal adventure sport. On leaving the ground, a climber has to manage the risk involved in making an ascent. The risks or stresses associated with rock climbing are multifaceted, including aspects such as the height and a potential fall, equipment and safety, the environment and the nature of the climb. This UC Connect public lecture will focus primarily on the psychophysiological stresses associated with climbing which will become an Olympic event in Tokyo in 2020. To secure your place at this free public lecture, register here
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