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New to rockclimbing - where do i start? 19-Feb-2017 At 8:47:32 PM simey
On 19/02/2017 gnaguts wrote:
>>The goal early on is to become self sufficient enough that you aren't
>a giant handbrake to the experienced climbers you head out with.
>>Getting to that point is difficult and frustrating for everyone.
>Cept my fiend simes. He likes handbrakes of the female variety.

Most of the women I have climbed with were not exactly handbrakes. If they were psyched to climb, then it got me out climbing! And quite a few of them graduated to rope gun status pretty quickly.

As for learning to lead climb, I still advocate paying a guide (preferably me) to teach you. If there are two of you, then you almost halve the cost. A weekend at Mt Arapiles will give you enough know-how to start bumbling up easy multi-pitch climbs yourselves, providing you have the gear (although I am often happy to lend gear to beginners for a few days). The sooner you learn to lead the faster you will progress with your climbing as you will have a greater awareness gained from real world experience.

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