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cireyelneh


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OK...for all those newbies out here where do we go to find the best information on climbing?...there are so many magazines, stores, web sites, etc. Where do you begin and where should you end? Are there things you should avoid, things you must not avoid? Everything from the basics of climbing to the gear you need...Where to begin climbing this mountain of information is the question? Is there one Best over all site or information source?....what's your opinion?


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You can get all the info you need here and you should go to you local climbing gym to get lessions.


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Right here!!!

www.rockclimbing.com


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I second the RC.com vote! But most of what I know is from people I've met at the gym or hanging out at the crags. Ask questions...people love to talk about climbing and their experiences. These forums are proof of that.


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yeah, you're already here..for local info, check out your climbing gym. you can get lessons, and they usually carry guidebooks to your local areas.


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You cant learn from a book. You need lessons. But if you want to prepare yourself so you dont look like a fool when you take lessons you should seriously buy TrailSide's Rock climbing book. Goto your book store and look for it. Thats where i learned off of and it has everything!! Practically. Its about 20$ but worth the money. It has what you need gear wise, things to do and not to, sport, trad, top-roping, leading and bouldering. For beginners its practically gold. You should get it


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be careful of the information posted on this site. a lot of it is inaccurate and some of it is down right dangerous. you need to learn the basics first. the best book to get started with is john long's "how to rock climb". but you should always try and get some live instruction from an amga certified guide first thing. this is a sport that can take you or your friends lives so you want to know what you are doing. once you have taken a couple of introductory courses and feel confident with your rope handling and anchor building then you can go out on your own. but never stop reading and learning. everything you learn about in your basic courses may seem cut and dried but as you learn more you will discover all the various issues and potential problems with all your setups. the more you learn about potential problems the safer you will be. beginning starts when you are ready but the learning part never ends.

have fun and be safe



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Your local gym shall offer class for all level. This was a good start for me (and still). But at the end their is three ways to improve:
1) climb,
2) climb,
3) and climb

Montreal, Quebec


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http://www.tradgirl.com

Don't get confused by the name, they have online illustrations about everything.


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I second newbieclimber's post. You're not going to learn climbing from a website. A website can augment your knowledge and can be a place to exchange ideas and share experince. Go to a gym for a belay class or get with a certified guide. It's amazing what you will learn from an experienced guide if you go willing to learn and with an open mind and with lots of enthusaism; and every penny is worth it. It's a dangerous activity but if you learn safety from the get go you will have years of fun ahead of you. I second anything written by John Long (e.g. How to Rock Climb). He's got tons of experieince and knowedge and can communicate it with humor and seriousness; he's a good writer. There's another very simple little book you might start with called Climbing Rock. Tools and Techniques by Michael Benge and Duane Raleigh. It's got pictures and they are worth a thousand words. Go for it, be safe, and have fun. It takes brains to wear a brain bucket.


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