I remember many years ago stepping into a climbing centre for the first time and trying to figure out what this climbing lark was all about. My first steps were the most important and started a journey that’s taken me to some incredible places like sea cliffs on Anglesey through to winter climbs on Ben Nevis. I could have never imagined where those first inquisitive steps would have lead me too and I now couldn’t imagine a life without being involved in climbing.
So where do you begin? How can you start your climbing journey and how do you gain the skills you need to get started? Below I have listed just a few of the ways to begin your journey and I hope it will help give you some ideas about getting into this amazing world of adventure.
Learn the basics
Whether its sport, trad or winter climbing you will need to learn the basics first. Learning to tie onto the rope and how to belay are the most important skills you need and are fundamental to being able to climb independently indoors or out. If you live in the city or away from outdoor climbing areas you may want to try the local climbing wall where you will normally be asked to undertake a few lessons before being allowed to go it alone. If your looking for an outdoors beginner course check out the links below for our intro rock climbing courses where we cover all the skills you need over a two day period.
Meeting climbing buddies.
There are so many ways to meet your fellow climbers and often it starts with clubs and climbing centres. Get in touch with your local Mountaineering club or visit your local climbing centre and ask them how you can meet more like minded people. Facebook has a number of groups for newbies looking to meet new partners and climbing centres often have their own groups to help you to find your climbing crew.
The first items you need to get going is a set of climbing shoes, harness and belay device. Many stores sell packages designed at newbies but it’s a good idea to do some research. With so many harness designs and belay devices you need to get the right gear and make sure its ideal for your objectives and skill level.
Independent retailers are without a doubt the best source of info for climbing gear. The majority of local climbing walls have stores inside or can recommend local retailer who can supply you with what you need. Recent years have seen some dodgy gear being sold on the internet so its always good practice to purchase from a reputable retailer and not off auction sites or second hand.
We hope you found our blog useful and will help you on your journey to becoming a climber. We run a number of climbing taster and introductions days through the summer. Check out the link below for more information about the courses we offer.
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