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jonty4 on 16 Mar 2012 - 5ad75150.bb.sky.com
Right so heres the deal. I'm 17 I live in workington, cumbria and i'm wanting to venture in to rock rock climbing, but i have two problems,
1. I don't know what equipment i need? aa list would be fantastic.

2. I have nowhere to go, so if you live in cumbria it'd be great if you could help me on this one .
Any help will be greatly appreciatied, Thanks, Jonathan
In reply to jonty4: in reply to your first question

You could have a read of the Start Here Articles in the Articles section of UKC

Examples such as

Buying a Rack of Climbing Gear
http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=840

Beginner Bouldering
http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=3100

100 things you learn from experience
http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=37

Use your feet
http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=36

Advice for novices
http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=35

Training to become a better climber
http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=3694

Start Here Articles link
http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/older.html?category=3
fxceltic on 16 Mar 2012
In reply to jonty4: re 2)

you live in cumbria mate, you have everywhere to go, you want to try living in Norfolk or something, then you really would have nowhere to go climbing

Generally I'd suggest you maybe join a club.
Matt Schwarz on 16 Mar 2012
In reply to jonty4: speak to this guy http://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/t.php?n=498568
he'll give you some training, and be good practice for him towards MIAness!
Anti Podean on 16 Mar 2012
In reply to fxceltic:

> Generally I'd suggest you maybe join a club.

I second this. While there's plenty you can do on your own, in almost any sport or hobby you're better off joining in with a community. Doesn't have to be permanent, if you're not into that, but it makes the learning (and safety) curve much easier.

Oh, and you make friends and get to climb interesting places together. :)
a crap climber - on 16 Mar 2012
In reply to jonty4:

>I live in workington

That's very unfortunate on so many levels. On the plus side though you have the Lake District on your doorstep, which is the best are for climbing in England (in my opinion anyway, some might argue with this).

The easiest way to get started would probably be to do some kind of course or taster session. Being in cumbria, there's no end of instructors and fantastic climbing venues.

A lot of people start off by finding someone more experienced to climb with and learn as they go along. If you're lucky someone on here might offer to show you the ropes.

If you have a willing friend you can try to teach yourself by reading lots of instructional books and trying things out. This is mostly how I learnt, I wouldn't recommend it as early on I had a very harsh lesson in what gear will and will not hold a fall.

Luckily for you there is the excellent 'sport' climbing area on St. Bees head nearby, so once you've learnt the basics you can get started with the minimum of gear and in relative safety compared with 'traditional' climbing.

Kit wise a harness, helmet and shoes are all good first buys. A chalkbag and belay device are also good. Don't get any more than this until you absolutely know what to do with it. A bag to keep your jam sandwiches in might be useful too.

I can't stress enough how important it is not to try to run before you can walk. Don't be tempted to buy lots of gear and set off up a crag without knowing what you are doing, as an accident almost certainly awaits.

Good luck, have fun and most importantly stay safe!!
JanBella - on 16 Mar 2012
In reply to jonty4: Hey I live in Grasmere, and i'm happy to take you climbing outdoors just drop me a message if you are interested.
What Goes Up - on 16 Mar 2012
In reply to jonty4:

> 2. I have nowhere to go, so if you live in cumbria it'd be great if you could help me on this one .

Diddums. Try living in Hampshire!

Enty - on 16 Mar 2012
In reply to jonty4:

When I was your age I would regularly go bouldering at Brownstones (on my bike)a distance of about 25 miles.

So I reckon you'll be less than 15 miles from St Bees Head so get to it!!

If you're wondering how to carry a bouldering mat on a bike take a doormat instead and put it into your day sack with your rockboots and chalkbag.

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jonty4 on 16 Mar 2012 - 5ad75150.bb.sky.com
In reply to a crap climber: less of the jam sandwiches :0
jonty4 on 16 Mar 2012 - 5ad75150.bb.sky.com
In reply to janko440: alright mate i'll have to get some equipment together at the end of the month when i get paid and ill give you a shout, honestly gotta say though, thanks for all the replys, i do mountain biking too and everyone in the forums are arragant where as youre all willing to help so thanks :)
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Ramblin dave - on 16 Mar 2012
In reply to Anti Podean:
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> I second this.

Thirded. Most clubs (in my limited experience...) are happy to take a keen novice out and show them the ropes, and being surrounded by people who know what they're doing is good for you on a lot of levels.

They'll also mostly have gear, which means that you can start off with just a harness, shoes, helmet, nut key and belay device and get the rest as and when you can afford it and when you know what you want...

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