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rockjock04


Dec 1, 2001, 12:56 PM
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If I want to start lead climbing what will i need. please include everything with specs except harness and shoes. those are pretty obvious.


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A great source of the knowldege that has built up over years of different people climbing, is from books. Personally, I think the best series is the "How to Rock Climb" series, all of 'em. I don't know where you climb, if there's a gym, if there are a lot or just a few other climbers, so I feel safer directing you to books, rather than to other more experienced climbers.

By the way, if you're "climbing 5.10 or 5.11", but it's not on lead, then you're going to find it to be a different experience. Are you going through these climbs without resting and hanging on the rope? Are the people who are telling you this knowledgeable and experienced enough to judge your ability? Are you climbing routes indoors or outdoors?

Keep your enthusiasm; now build your base of knowledge. Read these books, and decide what you'll need. Part of it is dependent on the kind of rock you'll be most often climbing (what kind of gear to get), and also if some, most, or all of the routes are bolted (speaking of outdoors, of course). If you're just leading indoors, you might just need your own climbing rope (no bigger than a 10.5 ml, probably 50, but maybe 60 meters long).

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Practice Clipping.

first thing: get a length of rope and a quick draw with a straight gate and a bent gate. hang up the quick draw and practice clipping. clip blind, clip with either hand, bla bla bla.

it's so much easier to get the feel of it like that rather than being at your 1st clip outdoors trying to figure out what all your friends are yelling about "back clipping"


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A rope about 12 draws and a good knowledge of climbing


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I thought that was pretty good advise, jess. Clipping is really important especially when doing routes that are at or near your limit. It may make the differences whether you make it up.

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also good: 2 slings, one daisy chain, 3 locking biners and a belay/rap device.

besides rope, harness, draws and shoes, you'll need those on multi pitch and to clean a climb. that way you aren't borrowing.


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I agree with the others, a thorough knowledge of what you're doing, and what you might do if something goes wrong, is as important as the gear! Lots of practice indoors will help too

Oh yeah, on occasion you'll need some big hairy cohones as well

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Good, solid partner.

With that he/she will teach you everything and once you learn, then you get the gear. A good partner will have everything you need to climb.

And to pratice (after you learn the basics) a 15-20 peice of rope and a copule of draws to hang around the house so you can clip from all different positions.

Then just climb. Talk to people and try all of the gear you can to see what you like.


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Find a climbing partner that has led before. They should have all the gear and be able to show you the basics. Get a few climbs with someone else leading under your belt and then try an route you think might be easy. Leading is a lot different, especially if you are talking trad.


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Now that I've been at this site for a few months, I realize that I'm an Idiot for even trying to ask what I need. I figured: "Hey, I climbed trees before, maybe I can stick a cam in a rock" Now I KNOW I better learn to do serious climbing indoors from an instructor or partner and then second on a lead climb.


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