Are you interested in getting into rock climbing?
Here’s how you get into rock climbing if you’re a total, utter beginner:
1. Go to a rock climbing gym
Rock climbing gyms are an excellent place to start for beginners. They have padded floors and a staff that’s more than happy to show you the ropes. (I really like that pun.
sorry not sorry) You can rent shoes and harnesses and learn a basic figure-8 knot and how to belay.
If you’re going by yourself, try out the bouldering section if there’s one available. Bouldering is an excellent way to improve your technique.
2. Don’t worry about getting all your gear at once
When I started getting into climbing, I went on our local news site KSL and went to their classifieds section. They have all sorts of people selling used stuff, and since climbing equipment is so expensive, I thought I’d start off getting used items. I got a harness, shoes, a belay device and automatic locking carabiner for $75. Completely worth it.
3. Watch some YouTube videos
I have a thing for YouTube videos. They’ve really helped me learn new skills and get better results from exercise. Sometimes it’s just easier to turn on a YouTube video and sweat it out in your own apartment than get dressed and go to the gym.
I’ve watched a few YouTube videos to help me with my technique, and it has really benefited my climbing. Here are my favorite channels for beginners:
- Geek Climber
4. Save some cash by getting used gear
Rock climbing can get expensive. Gyms are pricey, ropes are pricey, gear is pricey. So where do you start? If you start off with bouldering, all you need are some shoes and potentially a gym membership. Some gyms have options for one free trial, and you can always go with a friend for a 2 for 1 pass on certain days. See what your local gym offers.
As I mentioned before, there’s no shame in getting used gear. Try looking online in a Facebook group or in your local classifieds to find some gently used shoes. There are also some used gear stores around, so be prepared to do some digging.
Rock climbing is incredibly fun. I LOVE it. I’ve been doing it for at least 5 months now, and it’s been good for my soul.
If you’re interested in how to get into climbing outdoors, don’t fret—I got you, and I’ll write on that next week.