Rock Climbing Tips ForBeginners
Posted: Sep 18, 2017
Rock climbing is dangerous. You must understand and practice safe climbing technique whenever you climb in order to reduce your risk of injury, paralysis, or death. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of your climbing partners. Climbing at indoor gyms and outside on real rock both present serious risks to your safety, physical health, and life. Here are some rock climbing tips for safety.
- Check your knots and harness buckles
- Inspect your gear and replace when needed
- Know your climbing partners and their habits
- Check your belay
- Keep an eye on the weather
- Rock breaks – check your holds (loose holds are marked with a white X)
- Always double check your rappel system (this is a climber’s most dangerous mistake)
Types and Other Tips
- Get to know the different kinds of climbing; bouldering, sport climbing, traditional climbing, and indoor climbing. What are you most interested in?
- Understand what kind of climbing gear you need and how to use it.
- Check out the benefits of rock climbing.
- Take an intro climbing class often called (Rock Climbing 101) at a local indoor climbing gym. This will be a chance for you to learn how some basic techniques from someone who knows how to climb.
- Top roping is a great way to learn some basic technique and become familiar with and gain trust in the climbing rope systems.
- Find someone at a local gym or a friend to coach/mentor you; they can give you important pointers and advice.
- Remember learning to climb is a process. Every time you climb make it a goal to learn something new and have fun.
Having the proper gear is essential if you want to climb strong and safely. You’ll want to get a good pair of rock climbing shoes, a chalk bag, and some chalk to keep your hands dry and increase the friction between your skin and the surface of the rock and holds. What other kind of gear do you need? Now remember the gear you need depends on what type of climbing you are going to be doing. Since this is rock climbing for beginners, we recommend you stick with top roping and bouldering to start.
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