- Climbers advice for a newbie please!
+1 for getting some mileage in.
Watch how other climbers move and try to copy it. Don’t be afraid to ask someone to give a few basic pointers as you climb, most climbers are happy enough to give advice provided they’re not in the middle of something.
Pay close attention to your foot placements, the actual part of your foot which touches the hold. someone once put lots of corks on foot holds on a traverse and the aim was to get across without disturbing the corks. It really makes you delicate and precise with your feet. Watch a good climber, their feet are cat like when positioning.
Get out on to real rock as soon as you can. Some people love the indoor climbing wall, but for many the difference when they get outside is like going from an exercise bike to a jaunt round a beautiful area on an MTB – no comparison. It’s like a whole world opens up to you, particularly if you already enjoy a bit of time in the mountains. I remember the first time I looked up at Agag’s Grove on buachaille etive mor (one of my favourite mountains), I almost peed myself with excitement and anticipation.
Once you’ve spent your first day on rock I guarantee you will have just found something that’s going to fill your life for at least the next decade 🙂
A bit of coaching or a more experienced partner is advisable if you are heading to rock.Posted 5 years agoCougarSubscriber
A wall and rock are two very different experiences. The snobbery around ‘real’ climbing versus a wall is probably fairly analogous(*) to the snobbery of ‘real’ MTBing vs trail centres, and a lot of climbers view indoor centres as training for the real thing.
Truth be told, I like climbing walls (and trail centres), there’s definitely room in my life for both. Especially with our climate. Real rock is ace, there’s nothing quite like your first outing on Yorkshire gritstone (mine cost me a pair of climbing shoes as I bounced down the face on my toes). But don’t let anyone diss you for using climbing walls, they’re tremendous fun.
(* – what a word! Get in.)Posted 5 years ago
Peterfile – next time you’re at Ibrox climbing centre (if you go there) try down climbing the big overhanging lead wall, obviously unclipping as you descend. That’ll make for good entertainment for you
ha! Is that even possible? I can’t even reach the top of the right hand overhang never mind down climb it!Posted 5 years agoNipper99Subscriber
The best tip I can give is get outside as soon as possible and in all weathers. Get onto the sharp end as soon as possible (lots of diffs v.diffs) and build up the milage – the muscle grouping and mindset yoo will develop on an indoor wall is completely different to that required for trad outside.Posted 5 years ago
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