Learning to climb is actually quite an easy task. When you start to climb and imagine the journey, many emotions go through your head. Some of the emotions I felt on my first ascent were: Doubt, fear and once I began with the calm of ascension. People experience different things when they climb. Some do it for relaxation/meditation, and others do it just to prove to themselves that they can. If you find a single reason to climb for the first time, I guarantee you that you will find hundreds of other reasons to climb again.
Climbing is different from other sports. You want to learn to play football, go out and get a ball and throw it around, the same applies to baseball and basketball. When climbing, there are several preliminary steps that need to be taken to ensure the safety of the climbers. A major problem that some climbers face at the start is the lack of climbers. This is an important issue in the climbing community. Climbing is not really a team sport, but at the same time not an individual sport. You can’t just decide to go out and learn how to climb. If you decide to learn in this way, please have a really good insurance… Seriously, although climbing can be a dangerous hobby if safety is ignored. Don’t let it scare you, I’ve seen many climbers who are preoccupied with the idea that they are dangling over fifty feet in the air on a rope. Just as a football player would never forget to wear his helmet, a climber should never forget to check his equipment before climbing.
So now that you know what you’re getting yourself into, we can come to some of the basics. I strongly recommend the beginning climber to go into a rock grotto before actually going outside. There are several reasons for this. Indoor rock climbing is a controlled environment. Normally the ground is really well padded and it is a place where climbing colleagues meet. When you read this, you are probably new to climbing, so I strongly recommend you visit some of the links below. Indoor climbing is a lot of fun and a good way to learn. I have been to several indoor gyms and they are a good way to meet other climbers and possibly even find groups going outdoors together. Another advantage of indoor climbing is the rental of equipment.
The indoor climbing galleries I visited all had equipment for hire by climbers, most of which even included the cost of gym membership. Most gyms also have staff to secure climbers. One safety author is the person holding the rope while the other person is climbing. They serve as a human anchor in case the climber falls while climbing. This is why you usually need two people to climb outdoors, because one person climbs and the other secures and turns. Normally, beginners have to go through gyms or have the opportunity to take a safety course. I have seen everything from basic safety courses to very thorough courses that I would have paid money for as a beginner.
Once you’ve joined a gym that you feel comfortable with, keep up to date with events such as safety courses, competitions, excursions and whatever else the gym has to offer. The key to joining the gym is not only learning to climb, but also getting involved in the climbing community. Climbers are usually not idiots. They are willing to help those who are willing to help themselves. If you have a problem on the wall, don’t be afraid to ask for help. But don’t be afraid to take the risk and try to figure out how to solve a particular “problem” on your own. When climbing a “route” or a path on a wall, the climber has to struggle with certain “problems”. These are the problems that originally attracted me to climbing. Some problems are as simple as switching your feet or holding with your left hand or holding with your right hand so that you can reach a “stop” or rock that would otherwise be out of reach.
After you find some friends in the climbing hall, try to get involved with online communities. Some sites offer forums for members who are looking for climbing partners. Another option would be to get your friends into the burdock.