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