The earliest evidence of rock climbing comes from paintings dating back to 200BC of Chinese climbers. Climbing spread across Europe as part of early mountaineering but it wasn’t until 1880 that rock climbing became a sport in its own right. Today climbing is used in everything from movie stunts to emergency rescue work and it has a vibrant international competition scene which represents each of the sport’s different disciplines. It is a physically demanding sport that combines fitness and agility with the mental fortitude required to conquer an ascension or traverse. It can be perilous, but that is often considered a positive aspect of the adventure.