Tips For Rock Climbing Beginners

By Wilderness Adventures October 29, 2014

Climbing has become one of the most popular and readily accessible sports available to adventurists. When beginning any new activity, it is imperative to be as knowledgeable as possible before making your first attempt. Whether you are looking to climb indoors or out, it is critical to be sure you are fully prepared.

Here are several tips for beginning rock climbers, and how you can be sure to get the best experience possible:

  • Have the right gear. Some of the necessary equipment you will need for a climbing trip are things such as climbing shoes, a helmet, a harness, a locking carabineer clip, a belay device, and the right rope.
  • Receive the right training. Climbing is a very dangerous sport, so it is critical to ensure that you have received the proper training from a professional climber, and are aware of the proper climbing techniques that should be used when rock climbing.
  • Be in proper shape. In order to enjoy a sport like climbing, it is necessary to ensure that you are not only in shape health-wise, but your arms, hands, and fingers are strong enough to support yourself during your climb.
  • Proceed with caution. When beginning, it is imperative to stick to climbs that you know you are able to handle. As you get better and better with practice, only then try tackling more challenging climbs.
  • Take your time. It is best to not only imagine what path you should take while climbing, but it is important to make your moves deliberate and as smooth as possible. It is also critical to ensure that you are stopping and resting when necessary, especially if you feel that you need to give your hands and arms a rest.

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