/ I dont know what to do?
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
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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.
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. :)
>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!!
Diddums. Try living in Hampshire!
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.
> 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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