/ Please help me choose a rock!
I'm planning on trying to raise money for charity and I think a sponsored rock climb would be great! If I try and raise money over the course of a year, it will help me to spread awareness of the charity and their cause, while also giving me (hopefully) ample time to train really hard. By the end of the year, I'd like to be able to do a climb that's currently way out of my ability and comfort zone, and have raised a ton of cash for the charity.
I'm still new to climbing and mostly boulder, but much prefer climbing with ropes (it's just more interesting to me)
I live near to the Roaches but for the 'big climb' at the end of the year's hard training, I don't mind where it is... very happy to travel.
So, I'm here hoping that one of you more experienced, knowledgeable climbers can help me work out where to do my 'big climb'? I like the idea of going high, great views, something which requires more technical ability rather than strength and that I may have a chance of being able to complete after a year's dedicated training!
Bit of a long shot then, perhaps! But any suggestions?
It's certainly classic, spectacular and often in condition though, so if the OP fancies it and can dedicate enough time...
To the OP:
It's really hard to give advice without knowing a bit more - I'd go climbing with some experienced folk and get them to suggest something, when they've heard about how much time you'll be devoting to climbing, and who can see a bit about your strengths and weaknesses.
The Long Climb?
It is spectacular and (partly thanks to Julia) very well known but is still relatively easy although it is still serious and requires a good standard of rope work.
How about Old Man of Hoy for more of a challenge.
I'm slowly checking out each of the climbs mentioned and they do look very impressive, but perhaps too tricky for my amateur skills, lol. In response about needing more information, hope this helps:
-Two recent climbs were 'Libra HVS 4c ' and 'Delivarete (Sit start)V4 6b ' I haven't been able to climb on a regular basis so in my training it's going to feel like I'm a total beginner.
-I'm short at 5'3" and weigh 8 stone. I have much more strength in my legs than my arms and so anything that's more of a slope I can push my way up with my feet is a preference over an overhang as I struggle to hold my own weight with those.
Thanks again for all the suggestions so far, I'm still looking through them all now :)
I agree that The Old Man of Hoy is a good idea.
If overhangs are your weekness though and you don't like leading and have a year to train them maybe aim to Lead an overhanging climb?
As regards the majority of potential sponsors, I can't see it would make any real difference - both are suitably spectacular.
However, Hoy is:
- far more expensive to climb once you include the cost of the ferries. (Surely that is crucial since the aim is to raise money for charity?)
- more time consuming and requires more logistical planning (it'd be unlikely for relative novices to complete in a day trip to Hoy).
- significantly harder.
- much more committing and serious.
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