These days it seems that every man, woman, child, and dog has an Instagram account. With millions of photos being posted every day, it’s only to be expected that there are some pretty impressive images shared with the world.
And for sports and adventure fans, Instagram can a great source of inspiration to get out there and explore what the world has to offer.
Climbers are particularly well treated. From incredible landscapes to demonstrations on how to scale some notoriously tricky routes, the platform provides a whole host of useful content.
Make sure you follow these six climbing accounts on Instagram for plenty of inspiration and images that make you go “wow!”
Matt Fultz (@matt_fultz)
Before we get to the landscape artistry there’s time to appreciate the bouldering skills of Matt Fultz. For those looking to develop their finger strength ahead of a particular tricky climb, watching some of his videos will stand you in good stead.
Alyse Dietel (@seelyseeclimb)
How about this for some motivation to get out there and seize the day: Five years ago, Alyse fell over 60 feet while on a climbing trip, was paralysed from the waist down, and told she probably wouldn’t walk again. Fast forward half a decade and she’s taught herself to walk, is now out ascending some crazy rocks again, all while providing some awesome shots for her Instagram account!
Matt Bush (@mattclimber)
South African Matt Bush is a motivational speaker and highly-regarded free climber. But that’s not the only reason you should be following him on Insta. Matt appears as just a speck on the landscape in some of his shots, highlighting the sheer magnitude of the walls he is conquering. For awe-inspiring landscapes and some pretty frightful hangs, Matt is the man to follow.
Motivational Monday: Face Fear! ?? Hanging out on Table Mountain. Cape Town. RSA. ?@justincoomber – Read more: Imaginary fear is one of the most destructive human emotions. And did you know that most human fear is imaginary? It exists only in the mind as negative future thinking. We scare ourselves to death with our own thoughts. So what does it take to overcome imaginary fear and achieve one’s true potential? The answer is simple…
OK, this one isn’t specifically climbing related, but it may be of use. The man behind @Handstand_Hero manages to produce some very interesting photos of himself balanced in some intriguing and outright bizarre positions. And by following his lead and trying out some of his very different exercises, climbers can improve balance and strength, all too important while out on the rock face.
Climbing Inspiration (@climbinginspiration)
Straight up, no nonsense assortment of amazing climbing photographs. That is what this account delivers. Whether bouldering’s your thing, or you prefer to tackle a big wall or two, there’s something for everyone.
@smuleco ・・・ Leah Scott climbing on The Trophy cerca 2014. #sportclimbing #photography @suggarhi #rockclimbing #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #nature #outside #outdoors #wilderness #yoga #sendwithus #calisthenics #climbing_is_my_passion #workout #livelifeoutside #timetoclimb #peoplewhodofunstuff #thegreatoutdoors #grippedmagazine #bouldering #ourplanetdaily #c_l_i_m_b #rei1440project #climbing_worldwide @doyouboulder @climbing_worldwide @grippedmagazine @timetoclimb
Steph Davis (@highsteph)
Once you’ve reached the top of the rock, you have to come down, right? Steph Davis takes a novel approach to ending her climbs by donning a wingsuit and letting fly. Providing an adrenaline-filled dose of climbing and base jumping her Instagram account isn’t one for the faint-hearted!
Of course, you should remember to follow one other person on Instagram – us! We can be found at @sportscoverdirect.
And if you’re heading out onto the rock face in the near future, remember to ensure you have full climbing insurance in place.