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post #11 of 44 (permalink) Old 07-23-2013, 09:57 AM
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Also, buy a guide book for your area. You either have a mecca spot with a ton of high quality classic climbs, or several areas in the region. I am sure there are guide books that cover both. You'll find out that a guide book is an essential tool, so just start buying them now.
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Once you get the basics........take that shit to the ice. Talkin' about being "heady"......
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Also, buy a guide book for your area. You either have a mecca spot with a ton of high quality classic climbs, or several areas in the region. I am sure there are guide books that cover both. You'll find out that a guide book is an essential tool, so just start buying them now.
Yeah the instructors were showing us a guide book. There are a million spots in the Calgary to Banff area. Lots of good beginner stuff and then of course some crazy shit too. The Alpine Club of Canada even has some huts perched way up on some slopes for you to spend the night at. A hike/scramble up to the huts, and then you can spend the next day(s) doing sport climbs using the hut as home base.

Sounds like fun to me!!!
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Great Pics!!

As was mentioned earlier,.. climbing partners are ABSOLUTELY about Trust! Whether top roping or lead climbing, you literally have each others lives in your hands. NEVER climb with, or trust your safety to the equipment, if it's someone you don't know or trust completely!!!

No one has mentioned this yet, but as for "used" equipment,... Helmets maybe, rope bags & accessory cords /webbing, sure!! But as for ropes, anchor webbing and harnesses, buy new!!!! You need to KNOW your ropes history, age, maintenance, how many & what types of falls it has arrested! I probably wouldn't trust used biners or nuts either!!!

Also, learn your knots! I have several two & three foot lengths of 9 & 12mm cord and various pieces of webbing that I carried around so that I could practice tying my knots just about anywhere.

Also, you might want to check out these books (pamphlets almost!) They are really old, but they have really good information and lots of illustrations showing how to properly tie all types of knots for climbing.

"Basic Rockcraft" by Royal Robbins La Siesta Press
Basic Rockcraft by Royal Robbins: La Siesta Pr 9780910856348 Paperback - OwlsBooks

"Ropes, Knots and Slings for Climbers" Walt Wheelock La Siesta Press
ROPES KNOTS AND SLINGS FOR CLIMBERS BY WALT WHEELOCK LA SIESTA PRESS on eBay!

They look, and ARE really dated, but the basic info's good!

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don't buy any used climbing gear. its all cheap enough new and you're pretty much trusting your life to all of it.

i love climbing but for me, bouldering is the the most fun. work on really hard moves if you want, way less gear, much mo chill "skate session" vibe, etc.

when i was going to school we had a guiding rock climbing course where we had to guide people who were blind(folded) and be guided while climbing blind(folded) THAT shit was crazy.
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That is something you should never have to question. If you do, that person would not be my belayer again, ever. If I survived.
That was in a indoor beginner course where you didn't know the people you were mixed with. I did this one rope and was done for the day.

@Poutanen: I never liked indoor climbing. These artificial walls are boring and the halls are smelly

Yes, trust your feet is very important. As soon as you'll climb in more vertical rocks, you won't do many meters if you try to do all the work with your arms. Don't pull yourself up with your arms but rather push with the legs. Saves a lot of energy. Other little details: clip your nails and I prefered to wear long shirts/pants. Saves you from scratches if you fall and from getting sunburn. Great to hear that your gf likes it too. You'll have a great outdoor hobby to bridge the summer

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don't buy any used climbing gear. its all cheap enough new and you're pretty much trusting your life to all of it.

i love climbing but for me, bouldering is the the most fun. work on really hard moves if you want, way less gear, much mo chill "skate session" vibe, etc...
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Bouldering ROCKS!!! (...pun intended!) Nice thing is, It can be very spontaneous! You can also boulder solo so you're not dependent on finding someone to partner up, ( just don't do so alone if you are far from help!) and as shred said, Minimal gear! I've even bouldered a few brick & rock walled buildings in my time! Just be careful!! You can still get pretty high up when working a bouldering problem without even realizing it!

I came off a 15-20 ft climb once and was lucky I didn't break anything! Just a badly bruised heel bone from the landing!

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always gotta fight back that pesky 'ol Natural Selection...

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always gotta fight back that pesky 'ol Natural Selection...

OMG!! What a twit!! Looked like a stucco walled bldg. which has got to be a little like climbing on sandstone, and he even says before he's four feet off the ground that his shoes are too slick! NOT a bright bulb that one!! More Balls than brains! (Wunder if the gf was impressed at the end tho? )

Chimney & crack climbs are fun tho!!!

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Update time:

Went indoor climbing a few weeks ago. I wish I had started with indoor first, because now that I've been outdoors the indoor just seems kinda lame. I guess it's great for the winter, controlled environment, close to home, blah blah blah. But the whole point of sports for me is to get out in nature more anyway!

So yesterday the fiancee and I bought shoes, harnesses, a grigri and carabiner. We're going to indoor climb for the next month or so, then pick up a rope and some quick draws, and helmets. And head outdoors again.

On a related note: Anyone want to buy a couple complete river kayak packages?!?
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