An Update: My friend and I went with CTSM. Contact was Kaylene. The first day our instructor was Ross which clearly had many many years of experience. Learnt a lot the first day. Covered top roping, abseiling (got stuck half way and had to be \"rescued\" at Silvermine) and sports climbing.
The next day we arrived at the lower cable way station to be called by Kaylene and informed that our new instructor was sick. Bugger, had to get up at 6:30 to leave from Melkbos to get there at 8:00.
Next morning Kaylene phoned again to let us know the instructor was still sick.
Next day she had a backup, Adam, which also knew his story. Showed us the \"ropes\", and there we went climbing India Rubber. I'm sure you guys consider it easy, but the chimney was rather stressful. Adam was very much in control and that was comforting to the newbies. We abseiled down 50 m. Awesome stuff. Happy to know how to sort out yourself if you get stuck abseiling - previous experience was a bit embarressing (Adam explained about wrapping a rope around your foot to lift yourself).
We decided to takle sports climbing for six months or so to get experience before trying trad climbing. Think we need another course ...
All in all, was awesome and a great intro.
1. Best to do a top rope course at City Rock before doing this course (which we had - you'd think a figure 8 knot is easy, but it is terrible confusing to newbies actually)
2. Climbing community is small and everyone knows everybody
3. Sports climbing is a good place to start - a bit of a risk, plenty of protection, affordable entry to the sport
4. Lead climbing (especially trad) requires more balls (or something else) and requires more experience
5. Two days of lessons are not nearly enough, but a good intro
6. Climbers are people and get sick
7. Climbers like abreviations, much like computer people. I mean, crab and pro ... sounds like a sex worker!
8. This sport is just what I was looking for ... absolutely love the thrill and the \"specialness\" of it. It's quite a kick that \"normal\" people think you are nuts. Gha, the fools!
9. A great upgrade for people that have been hiking and scrambling extensively.
10. Ten? Give me a minute ...
11. I now understand the terminology. Solo is pretty cool and seriously dangerous, trad lead is what I'd ultimately like to do, sports climbing is great fun with a bit of an edge, gyms are boring.
12. Best of all: the sexes ratio are roughly 50:50!