Climbing is a natural human instinct. If we didn’t have the need to climb, playgrounds and jungle gyms wouldn’t exist and neither would rock climbing places for adults.
Grab and grasp with your hands and find a place for your feet and swing up.
Hiking also includes climbing. I was on a hike this past week and the ranger was trying to show us how to climb the trail without tiring out.
Humans climb whatever they can find, just ask any parents and caregivers of toddlers.
Off of the top of my head the things we climb:
Furniture, stairs, chairs, steps, roofs, rock walls, trees, mountains, hiking paths, summits.
In English we also use this word to talk about going up and progressing in work, life, careers. There is so much talk about “climbing the ladder”. To where? More money? More responsibility? A higher floor?
If you watched the TV series “Mad Men”, there was always the undertone, the elephant in the room, about who was really doing all the work but never able to climb.
Climb up and climb down. Climb backwards, climb forwards.
We climb no matter where we go and no matter what situation we are in.