Feb 27, 2014, 7:44 AM
Registered: Sep 30, 2007
Wow, thanks so much for all of the replies everyone!
I have been looking all over for an answer to my question with no luck. My girlfriend and I just started climbing and have only been in gyms so far. We are excited to get out and climb outdoors but we are in no way ready to start leading and I wasn't sure exactly how to go about the top roping. This gives me a great place to start and I will keep searching for information.
Again, thanks so much for all the help!
If you have not setup top-ropes before, I would strongly suggest having someone experienced teach you how. Your gym may offer a course, or there may be a local guiding company where you could hire a guide, or maybe you can find someone experienced willing to take you out for a day and show you the ropes.
Setting up a top-rope isn't all the complicated -- it should be easily learnable in a couple of hours to half a day. But it is life-critical and worth spending the time & money to learn the skills properly.
Then, you have to figure out which of your local crags have top-of-cliff access for setting up top ropes. For that, you may be able to find the information from online database (here, mountainproject.com, thecrag.com, supertopo.com, etc), talking to locals at your gym or local climbing equipment store, or asking on this, or a more local climbing forum.
(This post was edited by dagibbs on Feb 28, 2014, 11:35 AM)