3D Laser Scanning For Rock Climbers
Use it for the Climb
While most of us have a hard time climbing out of bed, some people go outside and find the tallest mountains in the world and start climbing. That is the extreme, of course. Most rock climbing hobbyists are not preparing to go up Mt. Everest. Most of them are just day climbers who like to get out and find a some challenging cliff to climb and then go back back for a home cooked meal and a warm bed at night. That is the category that most of us fall in if we like rock climbing. Sometimes we don’t have to go to the boonies to get a good climb. All we have to do is go down to one of the larger sporting goods stores. They will often have a rock climbing wall for anyone to climb. One thing that is sometimes used for designing those walls is 3D laser scanning services.
Good for Grips
3D scanning services has become a useful tool for creating artificial rock walls. Climbing difficulty for a wall is not just the height of the wall. It also has a lot to do with the texture of the wall and the size and shape of the grips. On an artificial wall, there are jugs, stoppers, pockets, pinches, crimps, chips, and more. All of these can be designed and modified using 3D laser scanning services and 3D printing services. It saves a lot of time and money compared with making hold carved by hand.
Prepare for the Climb with 3D laser Scanning
3D laser scanning services are also being used to help climbers prepare for a real rock climb out in the wild. Rock climbing is a dangerous sport. A person needs to know what he or she is doing when they are dangling one hundred feet off of the ground. One small slip up can mean serious injury or even death. Therefore, unless you have had hours and hours of training, it would be good to be well prepped how to climb before even starting. One way that climbers are being prepped is by climbing before they climb. How does that work? With artificial rock walls and 3D laser scanning services. Using 3D laser scanning, actual rocks climbs can be rehearsed on a rock wall prior to the actual climb. Using a 3D scanner, a wall can be digitally captured and them recreated artificially inside a building. Of course this would not work if the climb is on a big wall. It does though all allow climbers to practice difficult areas. There are a lot of spots that would not need to be rehearsed.
So the next time you wake up at 10 a.m. and still have trouble getting out of bed, remember all those guys are climbing up a 500ft wall. And the next time you fall out of bed, remember those guys who lost their grip. And when you get your lazy buns out of bed and climb Mt Everest, don’t forget to stick a flag in the ground for 3D laser scanning services before you make your way down.