There is no doubt that rock climbing is a fun activity, regardless of whether you prefer to climb indoors or outdoors. Unfortunately, rock climbing is challenging to get into for several reasons. One of the most significant obstacles is not having a friend who can talk you through the dos and don’ts of rock climbing.
Today, we are going to be giving some of the most crucial beginner rock climbing advice. We’ll be discussing some of the ways that you can make your first climb a safe and pleasant experience.
Do Not Buy Your Gear Right Away
We cannot stress this point enough. Unless you are 100% sure that you are going to purse rock climbing as a hobby, do not buy gear. If you decide to give up on rock climbing, you will have wasted the money that you spend on gear, and you have several options aside from purchasing your equipment.
The best thing to do as a beginner rock climber is to rent your gear. Most rock climbing venues will offer gear rental at a reasonable price. Some places will even provide a beginner package where the gear rental is complimentary. Whatever you do, save your money on gear unless you can't stand the thought of rented equipment.
If you would rather not spend the money on renting your climbing gear, you can ask a friend who climbs if you can borrow their gear to get started.
You can even ask that friend to come along and help you learn the ropes. Of course, that friend will need to have hands and feet that are the same size as your own for the gloves and shoes to end up fitting you.
Start Climbing Indoors First
If you have never participated in a climb before, you will typically want to start at an indoor rock climbing venue instead of a national park or other outdoor location. While there are beginner areas in outdoor climbing spots, indoor climbing is a lot more accessible for newer climbers.
You may be wondering about the main differences between outdoor and indoor rock climbing. Indoor rock climbing is in a much more controlled environment, so you will not have to worry about any natural challenges like you would if you were climbing outdoors.
If you choose to rock climb indoors, you will also have access to an abundance of instructors who are used to teaching new climbers. Since there are fewer people who go to outdoor climbing venues for their first experience, you will find that the staff may not be as well-suited to training you as at an indoor site.
Always Check Your Gear Bag Before Leaving
Before going on a climb, you will want to make a habit of triple-checking your climbing equipment. Every climber has had the dreadful experience of forgetting a piece of gear and having wasted a trip because of that. Depending on how far your climbing location is, you may even lose a whole day.
It helps to make a checklist of the gear you need to climb and to go through your bag while ticking off each piece of equipment that you see. You may even wish to bring backup gear in case you lose something or it breaks on you part way through a climb; that way you won’t have to cut your climb short.
Maintain Your Gear
Should you discover that you love rock climbing after your first climb, you may want to go ahead and purchase some gear so that you no longer waste your money on rental fees. Of course, there is a specific way to care for rock climbing gear that you should know if you want the equipment to last.
When you get back from a rock climbing trip, you will want to take all of your gear out of your bag and go through everything that is dirty. When you have piled up your dirty equipment, you will want to wash it according to the instructions for each piece of equipment.
Neglecting to wash your gear can lead to it getting smelly, but it can also lead to other issues. Of course, there is always the plain fact that wearing dirty gear is unpleasant. You will want to be as comfortable as possible while you are climbing, dirt stuck in your gloves may result in an irritating itch, or worse.
Do Not Perform Makeshift Repairs On Your Climbing Gear
We understand that each piece of climbing equipment can get expensive, but that is no reason to neglect to purchase new gear when you need it.
If you see that your current climbing gear is falling apart at the seams, don’t try to fix it yourself. While this may seem obvious, you would be surprised how many beginner rock climbers don’t think of the potential danger involved in fixing their own gear in a subpar fashion.
Unless you are a professional, and you know exactly what you are doing when you fix your gear, just replace the broken item. You are going to have to decide whether you would rather spend 40 dollars on a pair of new climbing gloves or if you would instead put your safety at risk.
Interact With Other Climbers
This may not be obvious to outsiders, but the climbing community is incredibly tight-knit. If you see another climber, wave hello. Interacting with climbers can have advantages beyond simple politeness, as well, especially if you are a beginner climber.
Every climber on the slope around you has been a beginner at one point or another. Whether they started climbing at eight or twenty-eight, they were once in the same position as you. Feel free to ask fellow climbers about the trail you are on, whether they have tips, and anything else.
We hope that these tips have helped you get a better idea of what’s in store for you when you start climbing. Feel free to leave any questions in the comments down below, and we’ll try to get back to you.