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How to start rock climbing

Posted: Sat Apr 30, 2005 12:47 pm
by Justin
Hi, I'm keen to get out there and onsight some rock climbs. Will i need equipment? how much does it cost? I have heard that if you climb solo, then you dont need any equipment besides rock boots and a chalk bag. Will i be able to solo and why isnt it more popular (since it costs less)?

Posted: Tue May 03, 2005 12:00 pm
by Rastaman
Cause if u fall u get hurt dude :shock:

Posted: Tue May 03, 2005 12:20 pm
by Justin
Yes, but its cheaper! & cheaper rulz! doesn't it?? :lol:

Posted: Wed May 04, 2005 9:16 am
by Rastaman
Nortise Tortise, cheap and nasty aint the way 2 go.
If u want to solo u will also need medical aid and a chopper on standby.
This can get expensive :roll:

Posted: Wed May 04, 2005 6:33 pm
you are crazy man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! off your rocker up the tree !!!!!!!!! :shock: if you do go a head have fun :D

Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2005 4:10 pm
by rumcajz
I hope you are still alive to read this... Do you by chance mean bouldering rather than solo climbing? In bouldering, you climb sideways rather than up, so you are never more than a couple of meters off the ground and therefore if (read when) you fall you don't need a rope to catch you. You need only climbing shoes but most people recommend a chalk bag (plus chalk) and a mattress to put under you to save on the nasty bruises from the rocks you land on...

Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2005 4:35 pm
by JonoJ
Hahahaha!!!!! Hey Justin, you trying to spice up this forum somewhat eh??


Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2005 9:54 pm
Justin, it sounds like you don't want to only go SIDEWAYS, but up as well... and so i recommend route climbing no BOULDERING :roll: this also means you will not need a mattress, although if you strap a piece of foam to your back it may help protect against injury in the unlikely case of a fall.

now when it comes to routes...... you should stay away for short sport routes as they, in many cases, do not \"TOP OUT\". this means that you will not be able to climb to the top of the route and walk back down. For this reason, as a trained proffesional :D , I suggest you only climb back country multi-pitch trad routes. these routes around normally over graded and ON SIGHTING them should not be very hard. it is not necessary to have medical aid because any thought of doubt may cause you to lose focus of your goal.... which is to save cash. On that note: don't feel intimidated by people who say that you are being cheap...... at least you're not wasting money on shiney new gear that will never be used :lol:

Good luck, and should any thing go wong don't hesitate to call....

spice is nice