/ Climbing advice for beginner
Do you have any competent climbing friends, who could show you the way?
Where are you based, maybe a local climbing club could help you out?
A wall can be a good place to start, as you get to meet people to climb with, indoors and out.
No problem, have fun.
or Plas y Brenin
I went on the PyB Touching Stone course. It's designed for people who've been indoor climbing, possibly even leading indoor, to get onto outdoor crags.
Leading indoors can only get you so far. Even if you meet someone who is prepared to take you out onto real rock, for the first few times you will only end up seconding on single pitch routes. I don't know where you live but if like me you're London based, even getting up to Stanage is a real investment of journey time.
I can't really recommend PyB highly enough, it definitely gave me the confidence to go into multi pitch territory. Aside from learning the general system of multi pitch climbing, there are lots of subtle things that you need to learn if you want to lead that you might never have thought of- the sort of thing which might be so second nature to an experienced partner that they may neglect to point out. There's also things like abseiling and prusikking which you do correctly or not at all.
Caveats- it IS expensive, and you do take a risk with the weather of course. If it's raining all week when you're booked on there's not much they can do about it.
Also, I went on the course with my friend who had a similar level of experience, with the assumption that we would become regular climbing partners (we are!) I guess this allowed us to get a lot out of it as a pair.
Finally, I didn't climb outdoors again for a couple of months afterwards and I forgot an awful lot in between, I needed to refresh on a lot of stuff. Like everything else it becomes second nature when you go regularly.
At the end of the day it's your choice. I'm sure that going with an experienced partner will be completely safe while you're with them, but will you be confident in knowing what to do with someone at your own level? Multi pitch trad climbing is the best thing ever when you take the step up, but it's a big step up to take.
Not that I've ever been on those courses. Have been on a 2 day one and its really not much time at all.
Joining a local club is a really good way of meeting other climbers if you don't know any at the moment. That will let you carry on climbing after you have done your course, or even if you don't bother with a course at all, whatever you choose to do. You can find your local club here:
If you love scrambling, then do whichever course you can afford to. You will love the whole thing!
An indoor wall with a local club may be the best place to start and take it from there.
Joining a club is a good idea, it'll help find a partner as well as getting the advice you need.
Personally, I think that if you want to climb outdoors then start outdoors. I'm not convinced you'll find an outdoor partner at the indoor wall...
Plasy Brenin is a good place to start. Looking for local climbing clubs is another.
Yep. You can't beat an old hand passing on knowledge. I am sure PYB is not guilty of this, but some youngsters with climbing certs got them as part of a longer outdoor/sport education course. Had to have stiff words with one such person I caught doing dodgy things. Just 'cause they have a piece of paper saying they can teach it doesn't mean they have depth of experience.
I have 25 years experience climbing. Who would you prefer to learn off, some young punk straight out of school, or a grey haired bloke who has "survived" this long!
Go on the Plas Y Brenin course and get things right from the start, yes it`s pricey but it will give you a priceless foundation to your climbing life, and will be a sign to others that your not looking for a free guided trip up Milestone buttress.
Then either join a club or get a good partner off here, I did both.
Most of the partners I got off here I still climb with and they taught me so much.
The club system has also taught me loads, people who have climbed for 20,30,40,50 or even 60 years a depth of experience a phone call away and believe me, they are more than happy for you to phone them or call round for a brew and dispense wisdom.
Last thing you will be told by everyone, learn to use your feet, DO IT ;-)
(To play the devils advocate!)
Quite true, but suppose the following could be true of some grey haired bloke with 25 years climbing experience:
- He counted 20 years of indoor top roping as experience
- He climbed with another grey haired bloke who never fell, he's never caught a lead fall
- His rope is 23 years old
- He belays you on steep sport with hip belay
- All of his climbing gear is pre-UIAA certification
- He has a 25 years of smoking cough
-- He coughs out his false teeth, you get shortroped as he bends over to retrieve them
- He has to relieve him self once a pitch
That's enough about yourself, needvert...
I'm based in Mold near Chester and don't mind you tagging along sometime. Message me if you like?
Follow the above advice but also get yourself some boots and a chalk bag and get yourself down to the Racecourse walls and start going traversing.
They are pretty helpful and friendly there (its my local wall). They have a beginners day out on rock at wilton 3 in july for 65 (I got an email about it the other day).
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