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Beginner advice
6:34:35 PM
Hi all,

What advice would you give to a beginner trying to get a foot in the door? What are the best ways to improve technique? I've been bouldering for a few weeks now and find it to be a great challenge.

Bought some climbing shoes last weekend - what a difference they make!

Can anyone recommend some good books or Internet resources that can assist in both climbing technique and learning the bloody lingo? Crags, cams, blah blah, I'm going insane :)

Many thanks,


7:29:40 PM
Continue getting out there and doing it!

try links

or try books!

8:12:59 PM
As mentioned on many previous threads, join the VCC (they run regular beginner trips) or a university club (i know monash bushwalking club lets in people not just from monash uni) so that you can get expereince under the watchful eyes of someone far more experienced who can guide you on the way. Other than that, practice, practice practice. Work on building up technique and strength will come. Most importantly have fun!

8:39:19 PM
>What advice would you give to a beginner trying to get a foot in the door?

as said, join a club.. or any other way to find regular, trustable climbing partners.

>What are the best ways to improve technique?

Lots of climbing. Climb with people who are better than you .. and watch them closely. When someone offers advice, be receptive. Compare other people and look for the subtle but general differences in their style. If you can find someone running a technique course, do it. Books, on their own, are unlikey to help as signifficnatly as watching others and recognising people with good and bad technique. Go some where like a bouldering location, where you can watch numerous people doing the same problem. Try and find the differences in their style, and the things they have in common. Try and mimic. If yoiu can find a course, some notes they have could be good.

9:50:56 AM
There's a great article in Crux 6 about how one dude got into climbing. He end up going to Thailand. :P

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