/ Sport climbing etiquette
I am starting out rock climbing and think that sport climbing will be the best way to start and learn the basics before doing any trad climbing. My question is, is there any sport climbing etiquette I should adhere to when at a wall. For example should I let more experienced climbers have precedence over the route as I am only a beginner.
Any advice much appreciated
Nope, you are at a wall and your money is worth the same as anyone else's. Enjoy the climbing and dont worry about being a beginner, everyone starts at some point.
I may just be confusing myself here but do you have to pay for outdoor bolted routes (which is what I meant by sport climbing at a wall) showing how much of a beginner I really am.
A wall is generally taken to be an indoor artificial climbing wall, which you do pay for.
Outdoors, you generally talk about a crag.
Where are you based? There may be a good club based near to you.
Also, no need to think that you have to start with sports climbing. Many people just start out on easier trad climbs if that is what they are interested in doing. What made you want to try climbing?
To be honest, once you've got a harness, helmet, rope, quickdraws and shoes, getting a set of nuts (about £60) and three cams (about £100 if you look out for special offers, and not strictly necessary anyway) isn't that much extra cost. And if you get into climbing outdoors by joining a club then you'll probably be able to borrow other peoples' stuff for a while anyway.
It's worth it, because the easy trad climbing in the UK is a whole world more fun and interesting and varied and spectacular than the easy sport climbing...
> I am starting out rock climbing and think that sport climbing will be the best way to start and learn the basics before doing any trad climbing. My question is, is there any sport climbing etiquette I should adhere to when at a wall. For example should I let more experienced climbers have precedence over the route as I am only a beginner.
> Any advice much appreciated
Going with someone that already knows the ropes is your best bet.
For what it's worth as a beginner in Yorkshire you have access to precious little good easy sport but a wealth of good easy trad. The basics can be learned in minutes and if you're going with someone else you probably won't need any extra kit anyway.
The only sport climbing "etiquette" I can think of is not top-roping through the fixed rings at the top: use your own draws if there's somebody else going up after you've led a route. Brushing off chalk "tick-marks" pointing to any hidden holds is another one: people generally want to find them themselves.
I'd second the advice to start trad as early as possible, as easy sport climbs in Britain are generally (not universally) fairly uninspiring, but you can find some brilliant easy trad routes. As suggested, finding a club or a more experienced climber who can show you how to be safe and lend you gear is the best way to go about this.
Why wouldn't you toprope through the rings?
> Why wouldn't you toprope through the rings?
is this a serious question? please tell me you're being sarcastic
Constantly running the rope through the in-situ gear wears it out really quickly. As the routes are normally equipped at private expense it's best to use your own gear to lower from. The last climber can then strip the gear and lower from the rings.
Elsewhere on the site
Halifax-based John Colton (see his UKC Gallery here) has an art exhibition in Courmayeur, Italy (the Italian side of Mont Blanc)... Read more
2012 saw the release of the beautiful first volume of definitive Yorkshire Gritstone climbing, produced by the YMC with Robin... Read more
The British climbing scene is very exciting at the moment. It is quite clear that as a sport it is developing at a rapid rate and... Read more
The Christmas Gift Guide at Outside.co.uk Check out our top selection of Christmas Gift Ideas for climbers,... Read more
Make the most of this months HALF PRICE OFFER on the Five Ten Guide Tennie Mid!! Designed as a hybrid approach and... Read more