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General Climbing Discussion

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im new to climbing where to start

jay590
26/12/2007
11:56:02 AM
hey everyone i've never climbed before but i just got a harness for canyoning mainly with my dad. im only 16 so will be going everywhere with my dad. My dad used to do alot of climbing so he still has his old gear which is about 15 years old. Will it still be alright? i no we will have to replace the rope but besides that will the rest of the gear still be alright. My harness is a Black Diamond momentum AL and i also got a Black Diamond ATC-Guide and a few slings for christmas. what else will i need?

Jay
mikl law
26/12/2007
12:20:17 PM
You're right to get a new rope, check slings for cuts and abrasion, and metal items to see if they are still working ok (carabiners closing fully and smoothly, cams moving freely etc). Belay device? boots? helmet?

Where are based (Melbourne = trad and Sydney = sport, pretty much)
good luck
mikl

Sabu
26/12/2007
3:33:05 PM
yea consider replacing the tapes on your gear (cams, slings or draws) not very expensive to buy new tape and tie the knots yourself (provided you or your dad knows the knot)

Other advice would be to join a club and head off on some easy club trips to get some experience and other things down pat with experienced people nearby that can lend a hand if required.

jay590
26/12/2007
3:48:44 PM
i live at the base of the blue mountains, kurrajong. i also just got new slings and i thought the Black Diamond ATC-Guide was a belay device. also im just going to try it out so i havn't gotten a helmate or shoes just yet.

Jay
widewetandslippery
26/12/2007
4:01:20 PM
The above Mikl gave me go out there and have a go advice when I was 14(?). You are young and you WILL bounce. Don't get caught up in what you need and don't. Go climbing , lots of it. Its fun.

jay590
26/12/2007
4:31:18 PM
ok thanks

Jay
Onsight
26/12/2007
4:36:09 PM
>You are young and you WILL bounce.

that's just dumb advice.
widewetandslippery
26/12/2007
4:48:14 PM
Bullshit, you have to have a go. Climbing is risky and having the wind taken out of you or some broken bones will stand you in good sted.Have a go and realise the consequences.
Rob668
26/12/2007
6:44:34 PM
Having known two people with permanent brain damage from climbing and another where it's cost him his life I'd have to agree with Simon here.

Find someone experienced to teach you (whether it's a club, an experienced friend, or a professional guide).

Climb safe,

Rob

Capt_mulch
27/12/2007
5:20:06 AM
I've known more people with brain damage from drinking. Moral: don't drink, go climbing.
simey
Online Now
27/12/2007
8:18:50 AM
On 26/12/2007 Onsight wrote:
>>You are young and you WILL bounce.
>
>that's just dumb advice.

It worked for Greg Child when he fell from The Last Act at Piddington.

jay590
27/12/2007
7:15:02 PM
i went absailing today at bowen mountain, just to get a feel of my harness and get ready for canyoning. tried a bit of climbing while i was there, its good fun.

Jay

BigMike
27/12/2007
8:26:35 PM
On 27/12/2007 simey wrote:

>It worked for Greg Child when he fell from The Last Act at Piddington.
>

A ripping yarn! Tree ripping that is!

http://books.google.com/books?id=oey87hgACLUC&pg=PA26&lpg=PA26&dq=%22greg+child%22+the+last+act&source=web&ots=XL9-OwjDYj&sig=vDUOCupwfpKevTU3g9lnylDLAFs#PPA26,M1

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