Andy wrote:Thanks for the advice everyone!:thumright
I am thinking of buying a rack of 10 Black Diamond nuts for R950 for starters.
I can use some gear from a firend as well.
Good start. If I may add my 2c........ start off with a full set of nuts - also get yourself some slings (four 60cm's, and two 120cm's), and a biner for each sling. (I assume you have a set of quickdraws already).
Play with your nuts when ever you can (hehe) ...... sew up sport routes between bolts ..... test different placements (get to know their sizes well) .... play around with some funky nut placements (opposing nuts in horizontal cracks, making nests of small nuts and equalizing them, etc) .... Get John Long's "Climbing Anchors". You can easily spend a year doing this. Oh and very importantly.... get a nut pick!!!
Then get yourself a few hexes (Wild Country on dyneema a great). Be prepared for a barrage of insults from hex haters however. And then start gathering cams as and when you can afford them.
Try holding off on buying cams for at least a year (use this time to save for a bunch perhaps). This will give you time to get really proficient with passive gear (nuts, hexes, even small tortoises - be wary of these though, they tend to walk, and don't forget to learn how to place slings - you can get super creative and have bomber pro this way) ..... remember many many many worthy routes were opened and subsequently repeated for many years on just nuts and slings.