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/ Finding people willing to let a novice tag along trad climbing

Row - on 10 Apr 2018

Any advice here is much appreciated!

Been climbing for four months indoors. Great fun but the intention was always to not only get outside but to move into trad as soon as possible.

I seem to have done it all in the pursuit of willing and more experienced partners.. mooched around all the walls in Brum, joined two mountaineering clubs, joined Facebook groups focussed on Peak and Welsh based climbing partners, posted on here, even raked through tinder reluctantly.. I only seem to find indoor or sport climbers wherever I go.

I am at the point where I have acquired as much knowledge as I can before it needs to be put into practical use. I have some gear. I am a quick learner. 

How do I find someone to take me out on the rock??

Post edited at 21:38
Gordon Stainforth - on 10 Apr 2018
In reply to Row:

I find it absolutely shocking that no one has replied to you yet. I'm a bit puzzled by your problem because most old mountaineering clubs have plenty of trad climbers who ... traditionally ... would be only to glad to help. A pity your request wasn't about 15 years ago when I was still (very) active, because I would certainly have been glad to take you out for a day of climbing/instruction. You just need someone very experienced to take you out a few times to teach you all the necessary belaying and rope techniques, and then you can just get on with it on your own. What you really need to do next is find someone at about the same novice level as yourself, who is equally keen and of roughly the same ability, with whom to form a climbing partnership. Climbing has a lot to do with climbing partnerships.

teh_mark on 10 Apr 2018
In reply to Row:

For what it's worth I enthusiastically introduced myself to someone on here looking for a partner a decade ago, and convinced them that I was a safe belayer and that I wouldn't be a total nuisance if they took me climbing with them.

crimpsoplenty - on 10 Apr 2018
In reply to Row:

Hey, I live in brum and trad climb, having sport climbed and bouldered for a few years I only recently learnt to trad climb so I am very much a novice but do climb with people more experienced. You are welcome to come out with us  

alx on 10 Apr 2018
In reply to Row:

> even raked through tinder reluctantly.. I only seem to find indoor or sport climbers wherever I go.

What on earth did you put on Tinder?

btw since the collapse of the BMC under its own weight of meeting minutes, most trad climbers can be found on Etsy.

 

buxtoncoffeelover - on 10 Apr 2018
In reply to Row:

If you are free on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays & want to climb in the Peak then feel free to arrange to meet up. Nik 

Andy Hardy on 11 Apr 2018
In reply to Row:

My club run an event for people in your position (can belay, not climbed outside much) http://mynydd.org.uk/forums/topic/tupto-sunday-29th-april-froggatt/ Unfortunately we are not that local to you, but if nothing else turns up, come along!

bedspring on 11 Apr 2018
In reply to Row:

If you have joined a couple of clubs you are on the right track. Maybe focus on one club and get to know people. 
If you spent a day or two with an instructor or at Plas y  Brenin, maybe that would help.

What may be a problem is the weather has been pretty poo for the past few months, so any climbers getting out are perhaps more focussed on themselves and once they have had a few days on rock may be more inclined to mentor a newbie.

Dave Garnett - on 11 Apr 2018
In reply to Gordon Stainforth:

> I find it absolutely shocking that no one has replied to you yet.

You only gave it 44 minutes Gordon! 

Actually, I think bedspring has a point - nobody's been doing much trad climbing recently because of the weather.  I've forgotten where my gear is.

 

Dave Garnett - on 11 Apr 2018
In reply to Row:

I'm based in the Peak and would be very happy to take you out if it ever stops raining (but I'm out of the country for the next two weeks).  I'm also in a national club with many members in the Birmingham area.  Email me and I'll see what we can do!

 

 

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GrahamD - on 11 Apr 2018
In reply to Row:

What does the published meets list for the two clubs you've been to look like ? in my experience of a few clubs organised trips in the UK still have a definite trend towards trad venues.  Make sure you sign up for those trips !

bpmclimb on 15 Apr 2018
In reply to Row:

>  posted on here, even raked through tinder reluctantly.. I only seem to find indoor or sport climbers wherever I go.

 

Hi. Read your post, and didn't remember seeing anything from you before on UKC, so clicked on "previous posts": only one other listed, which seemed to be specifically about about climbing in Birmingham.

There are a fair number of experienced climbers on here who sometimes offer to go climbing with relative novices (myself included). For many, it's often about the company rather then having specific grades or goals in mind every trip - all that's really needed is competent and reliable belaying. 

..... to put my money, so to speak, I'll happily give you a day of trad in the Lower Wye Valley, if that's not too far for you to travel. 

 

JackO3522 - on 16:05 Mon
In reply to Row:

Im MIA trained and looking for people this weekend if your happy to come to the lakes for the weekend .

Cheers