/ Heading outdoors - training / lessons, are they necessary?

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RobbieNClimb - on 01 Jun 2013

I'm going to want to start sport climbing outdoors soon.

I've already spent a fair bit on lessons as it is over the last few months, so I'd like to save some money where I can.

I figure as long as I can get the right information, and (thoroughly) practice techniques like tying off before I do my first climb, that I should be alright. I feel confident in my belayer as well.

Do most people get lessons when they move outdoors?

Would it maybe be a good idea for me to join a club and learn this way?
mattc - on 01 Jun 2013
In reply to RobbieNClimb: Clubs are good and if possible find someone who has been outside before helps with under standing the lower off
The Ex-Engineer - on 01 Jun 2013
In reply to RobbieNClimb: Moving from leading indoors to sport climbing outside is technically fairly straight-forward, so lessons aren't really essential, nor is joining a club. As you seem to have recognised the only awkward things is rigging to lower off from the anchor when you are the last climber and that can be practiced beforehand.

However, don't under-estimate how different climbing on real rock can be. Sport climbing especially on the lower grades is not risk free and falling off on non-overhanging (easier) routes does lead to cuts/bruises and very occasionally to more serious injuries. As such, it is certainly worthwhile trying to climb initially with other slightly more experienced climbers so you have the chance to do a bit of top-roping to get used to the rock rather than needing to lead immediately.
red.stiletto - on 01 Jun 2013
In reply to RobbieNClimb:
Get, read and absorb a good book and you should be fine for sport. Trad might benefit from some help but I don't think you necessarily need it as long as you take lots of care
RobbieNClimb - on 01 Jun 2013

Thanks. I think I will look at getting a good book, and practice lowering off techniques first. I'll get a helmet when I come to do it as well, it can't do me any harm. So do you think lowering off, and knowing whether a bolt is solid or not are the more major things to get right?

I'd like to try and find some more people to climb with.. I haven't really met anyone at the climbing wall yet.
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spearing05 - on 01 Jun 2013

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> Would it maybe be a good idea for me to join a club and learn this way?

Where do you climb? Fill in your profile and try a post in lifts/partners. :-)

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