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creativefest


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For a beginner looking to start climbing, how much money should I expect to spend?


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creativefest wrote:
For a beginner looking to start climbing, how much money should I expect to spend?

Shoes, harness, belay device + chalk bag = $150-$300. Add rope, quickdraws, nuts, cams, helmet, approach shoes, backpack, headlamp, tent, ice axes etc etc and be prepared to spend thousands more :)


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creativefest wrote:
For a beginner looking to start climbing, how much money should I expect to spend?

Been asked before, it depends.

There's a real sliding scale of how into climbing you're going to get, and how much gear other people you're climbing with already have/how much you'll share expenses and equipment.

Indoor climbing: shoes, harness, chalk bag, probably belay device: probably find a starting package for 150-250.

Outdoor top-roping: that, definitely belay device, 60m rope, 4 locking biners, a few slings, probably a helmet: another $250 or so.

Outdoor sport leading: above plus 10-15 sport draws. another 120-200.

Outdoor trad leading: above, plus another 800-1600.

Side expenses: a good pack. Maybe hiking/approach shoes. Water transportation devices. Guide books.

AID climbing, ice climbing, big wall climbing: more and more again.


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Wow...I better start saving up then. I might try to buy some stuff used to save a little. Thanks guys! Smile


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Just be careful when buying used gear, especially safety gear. Inspect webbing for wear, lose threads, etc. Inspect carabiners for scratches which could cut or damage rope.


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Sep 17, 2013, 7:42 AM
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If you can afford a motor boat you should have no trouble acquiring all the climbing gear you'll ever need.


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Yeah I wish it was mine. I'm a broke college student haha.


mitchy


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What size shoe do you wear. I have some old Spires i'll give to you, i think 8-8.5 U.S. I haven't worn them in probably 10 years and have seen little action.


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Let me double check to see if still have them, if i do and if they fit you, you can have them. I'll check when i get home tonight and reply again in the morning.


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Thanks for the generous offer! I really appreciate it. Unfortunately I'm a size U.S. 11
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djh860


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buy it used and in excellent shape on ebay from someone just like yourself and save 50%


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creativefest wrote:
Wow...I better start saving up then. I might try to buy some stuff used to save a little. Thanks guys! Smile

Used shoes are no problem, and you should be fine with used hard gear (belay device / biner) for the most part, but buy a new harness and other soft gear type stuff. In short, soft goods can be damaged in ways you can't visually see, so they may be death traps - you just never know. Buying new gives a lot more confidence.

When I first started, I split buying gear with my partner. He bought some stuff and I bought other stuff to match up. Between us we had a good enough rack to get out most weekends. I didn't acquire my full rack until I was working regularly, and even then I did it over time.


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And if you are not in any hurry and are willing to wait

I am a cheap bastard so I haunt steepncheap.com, spadout.com, theclymb.com, lestlanesports.com, geartrade.com, ebay.com and mountainproject classifieds for deals. I rarely pay full price for anything.


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