We created this guide to help you get started in the sport of rock climbing

Rock climbing is a great sport to grow your mental and physical strength while facing new challenges and meeting new people. We'd like help you find a new sport to fall in love with, and with this guide we'll help you figure out the right climbing gear that you'll need to get the job done right.

Basic Types of Rock Climbing

Tips for first time climbersRock climbing is a fluid sport that uses more leg strength than most assume

We’ve all been first time climbers, and have experienced the first timer assumptions of climbing too. Naturally people want to mainly use their arms and focus on “pull-up” style moves - nothing could be further from the truth when climbing. Climbing focuses more on fluid movements through leg and foot work than arm or hanging motions. Watch other climbers and see how their bodies move horizontally across the wall rather than vertically scaling the route as quickly as possible. Before joining a gym ask if they offer any classes for first timers, most do, and see if you have any friends who are also interested in the sport. Climbing is a fun and rewarding experience that is even better had with friends.

Climbing Shoes

Climbing Shoes

Various features do exist between climbing shoes. Whether you prefer lace ups so you can adjust tightness on specific points of the top of your foot, or velcro straps to adjust evenly across the entire foot, there's a climbing shoe out there that will deliver on your preference once you determine what that is.

Additional Climbing Gear

Care and Storage

Like any gear, if you are aware and attentive to how you treat, clean, and store it there’s no reason it should not last seasons if not year of use. With climbing shoes, we always brush any debris and dirt off before beginning a route and before packing out for the day. To keep our helmets from getting too stinky too fast, we like to wipe the inside with a facial or disinfectant wipe at the end of a climbing session. Between seasons, we store our climbing gear in it’s own designated bag after each item has received another wipe down and maybe toss in a few dryer sheets to ward off any stink.

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