/ Beginners Gear
Unless you don't know the former owner very well and trust him, I wouldn't buy anything second hand, because you will never know what the gear went through...
Reading the following article, you should see what you'll need for your upcoming adventures.
Buying second hand gear can work out really well. Take a look at the for sale/wanted forum on here. Yes, there is a risk of buying gear that is past its recommended lifespan but from experience the sellers on this board are genuine and happy to give a history of usage (eg, how old, how often it was used, has it taken falls, has it been in frequent contact with sea water). The olny thing I wouldn't buy 2nd hand would be 'soft' items like slings, ropes and harnesses because they have a shorter lifespan than 'hard' items and damage may be less obvious.
Otherwise, there are plenty of articles and past forum posts about what gear you will need to start out. Also, if you've not already done so, I'd recommend reading up on ropework, setting up belays, abseiling, etc and practicing before topping out your first trad lead. Hope you have a good first season.
One thing that you could try is to meet other local climbers via any local clubs. You can often then get experience of seconding climbs using the other person's gear (as long as you have your own helmet, harness, nut key, shoes). and can get all sorts of experience in seeing what other people do, and can also share lifts to the crags etc. Some clubs even have huts that you can use...
If I were you, I'd buy a Helmet, harnes, HMS screwgate and belay device.
Thezse will be your basics as you will need them if you are seconding someone else aswell as leading.
As has been mensioned before get to know local climbers and maybe get to know someone who can be a climbing partner. that way you can build up a lead rack between you. share the cost and the gear
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