Rock Climbing – Where Do You Start?

So, you’ve made up your mind you want to start doing something adventurous like rock climbing? Then you have one big obstacle before you, “Where do I start?” This is  a great question. We all know if you want to paddle you go buy a canoe, if you want to bike you go purchase a bike. But what about rock climbing?

What do you do if you want to learn and get more involved in the world of rock climbing? Let’s take a look at a few different ways we can break into the sport of rock climbing and what to expect.

Unlike many other sports, rock climbing seems to be more of a niche sport, and while it has become widely popular in the last few years, it’s not like there is signs on every corner about learning how to rock climb. It can be a daunting task to even know where to start.

1. The Gym
Probably the best way to break into the world of rock climbing is going to be finding a local gym or other venue that offers an indoor rock climbing wall. These are probably more popular and widely available then you would think.

Many wellness centers, college recs, and large gyms offer at least a small indoor rock climbing wall that allows for fun and easy practice. Usually for a small fee you can get your feet wet by renting the shoes, while most everything else is provided by the facility, including introduction classes!

Heading over to Google Maps and typing in indoor rock climbing wall will probably bring back a hit within reasonable distance from you. A perfect way to get your proverbial feet wet by checking
out a indoor rock climbing wall. This is a great way to see what you are getting yourself into!

2. The Outdoor Club
Another great option for learning how to rock climb is being involved in clubs and other outdoor and adventure membership type communities. Did you know you can become a REI member and most REI stores have a indoor rock climbing wall and offer free classes to members?

This is just one of many examples of outdoor clubs that offer rock climbing trips and classes. Many outdoor and adventure rental and retail clubs have adventure trips where for a small price you can buy a spot onto a weekend trip that includes rock climbing lessons of people of all abilities, from the first timer to the veteran.

Another great reason to get involved in outdoor clubs is the  people you will meet in the process. Meeting other folk who have rock climbing before might open up other opportunities for meetups and maybe a couple of lessons from some other rock climbing pro!

3. The Internet
I know everyone likes to be an armchair adventurer, but there is something to be said for the wonders of youtube. Do you want to learn about the very basics of rock climbing? Watching a few rock climbing 101 lessons on the web can at least give you the basics and will make you feel more comfortable heading over to a indoor rock climbing gym or outdoor club.

Learning the jargon and the basics can be the most daunting when starting any new activity or sport, so reading some blogs and watching some video will give you that small boost of confidence you need to put your curiosity into action!

4. Practice and Training
The old adage “practice makes perfect” is true in this case. To get into rock climbing you are going to need training and practice. Who says you need a rock climbing wall in your  backyard to get some practice and training in?

If you read a few blogs or watch a few videos about some of the basic rope tying knots you may need to know, find a extra shoe string laying around and practice on your couch!

Start doing some pull-ups and exercising around the house, this will give you the confidence and build the strength that you need to be a successful rocking climbing junkie!

Remember, you have to start some place, the only way to do is to jump in head first. Find a gym, a club, get online, and practice and train in your spare time. You will be on your way to climbing up and past your biggest goals!

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