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crashkickave


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I just started climbing a couple months ago and I'm looking for some cheap lessons? Any ideas or tips from when people first started?


Rmsyll2


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Check out every climbing-related book in the public (your college, etc.) library.

Oh -- and study them thoroughly.

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Kartessa


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crashkickave wrote:
I just started climbing a couple months ago and I'm looking for some cheap lessons? Any ideas or tips from when people first started?

What kind of lessons are you talking about?

Intro courses at gyms tend to run cheap, but since you've been climbing "a couple months", I'm going to assume (maybe wronglt Tongue) that you know the basics of belaying a toprope.

Now your next step could be to just climb and let your skills progress naturally as your curiosity and relationships with other climbers develop.

Most people aren't smart or patient enough to go that route so your other options include:
1. Buy a book and watch some youtube videos, then figure it out yourself... YGD!

2. Trade beer and belaying for lessons with a crusty old climber.

3. Find a guide that runs scheduled group lessons, this can often reduce your cost.

4. Take up bouldering. Pirate

*note* I just spent 10 minutes on the toilet typing this on a shitty blackberry (oh the pun!), I took the time to write a well-thought-out and kindly worded reply. Do not waste my kindness and whine that its too hard to heed any of my advice.


sungam


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Oh Em Gee! Are you really the real Mike Barter?

Will you sign my rack?

p.s. I still laugh my ass off every time I watch that 4 ice ax video.Laugh


MarcelS


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When I first started climbing (in the gym), I took a toprope course. The most important thing they learn you there is how to climb safe: tying in, how to belay, and partner checks. Then I started climbing, and grew all the wrong habits (like awful foot placements, relying too much on arm strength, etc). This brought me up to 5.9 climbing, but then it became very difficult to grow.

What I did then, is watch more experienced climbers, and learned from their technique. This helped me very much, probably more then any course could have done. When I reached another limit in my improvement, I purchased the Self Coached Climber book, and that one helped me even more. Still haven't read most of it, as I want to learn as I read: each lesson I learn from it, I fist want to practice while climbing. As for toproping (which I do the most, due to the gym I go to), I managed to grow to 5.10d, leading up to 5.10b so far.

As you say you have been climbing for a couple of months, I assume you got the tying in and belaying covered, though it could never hurt to let someone check on it. Never forget the partner checks of course! If you want to learn more technique, both the watching better climbers, and the book are very helpful.


bearbreeder


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dirty ole crusty men who crave yr tender young flesh ...

should you not have said nubile body ... free beer, snacks and gas money is an acceptable, though not preferred, substitute

Wink


damienclimber


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bearbreeder wrote:
dirty ole crusty men who crave yr tender young flesh ...

should you not have said nubile body ... free beer, snacks and gas money is an acceptable, though not preferred, substitute

Wink



so hows the breeding going?


ENARE


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Kartessa wrote:

*note* I just spent 10 minutes on the toilet typing this on a shitty blackberry (oh the pun!), I took the time to write a well-thought-out and kindly worded reply. Do not waste my kindness and whine that its too hard to heed any of my advice.

This will be my new sig.


6pacfershur


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lesson1: dont pick your nose on a bumpy road
lesson 2: 3 cups of coffee, 2 beers and 1 cigarette; there is a 20 minute window when you can climb ANYTHING!


crashkickave


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yeah i know about belaying and toproping stuff. hopefully will learn about anchors next time i go


crashkickave


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looks like a crusty old climber


sungam


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crashkickave wrote:
looks like a crusty old climber
Don't start hating on Mike. Not only is he a 147% better at climbing then you are, he also 17.35% funnier.

Also, please do not start another flame war. I do not think his baby's neck can handle anymore of his weighted stair runs...


crashkickave


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no hatin' over here man


crashkickave


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word thanks man, i have a friend who's been doin a lot of reading and i think we're going this coming weekend. pretty psyched


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