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kailabinger


Jun 3, 2012, 9:19 AM
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Make friends with other climbers! Nothing beats friend instruction from people who know what they're doing. Don't be afraid to ask people questions, make friends and even try to catch a hang on their trips. That's the way I learned how to sport climb outdoors. Paying for instruction is expensive, making friends and learning from them is PRICELESS
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AamClimber, there is no second to experience. A lot of people get caught up in defining the "proper order" of learning in climbing. Frankly I would say that's mostly a load of BS. Every experienced climber has had a very different road to where they are now. The only base line to live by without question is safety. Even that is somewhat subjective though. Take a class, or two, or three. Try to get a feel for the different types of climbing. If you have the money to do it, hire an AMGA guide to take you and a friend out for a weekend or a day and climb something. You can find names and locations on the AMGA website.

Generally speaking, be wary of self-proclaimed "experienced" climbers.


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Taking a class for leading and starting out in the gym would be ideal in my opinion. This is actually what a friend and I did. Everything we learned was worth every penny spent on the class.

After leading indoors for a month or so, we made it outside. It was both my partner's and my first time climbing outdoors, but we were both able to use everything we learned in that class to safely climb outside.

When you DO climb outside, concentrate on reading the rock. It's MUCH different than indoors. I spent a lot of time searching for holds and figuring out the sequences when I first started. I still think I'm bad at it, actually... but I've only ever on-sighted climbs.

And get on as many 4-star climbs as possible. They are the most fun!

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