Originally Posted by clarkenstein
other than skiing and mtn biking, climbing is one of my passions.
5.8 - 5.9 climbing is great if you are just starting out. keep on doing routes in the gym, and just keep at it. you'll be surprised at the jumps you can make in ability and the grade that you can climb. when i was at college i got myself up to 5.12c - i was real psyched when i was climbing like that. i really got into bouldering - that is good fun. really inexpensive, and you get really strong.
but now that i am out of school, and i dont have enough time to do it, i can only get the 5.10d's... and those are on the 'good' days. but i still love it!
I feel like I get better every time I go, which is pretty much every day right now. I get the best workout and feel like I increase my skill level by traversing as much as I climb, if not more.
I watched some med students lead climb a 5.12 last night, it was pretty unbelievable. I watched one of the people from the same group toprope a 5.10d, that looked pretty damned hard to me. I wouldn't sell yourself short...... 5.12s look impossible to me at the moment.
Originally Posted by icanseeformiles(andmiles)
get a rope (or better yet, a climbing partner with a rope), and start the single pitch climbs on tope rope, then begin leading.
I'm pretty old-school, if you're not leading at a certain level, then you're not climbing at the level.
I watched a lead class last night, but I don't know how to do it yet. The clipping looks like it takes some getting used to, but beyond that it looks like a blast. I watched someone fall right before they were going to clip into the next quickdraw, and since he was about 4 feet above the last one, he fell a good 8 feet. It looked painful, but w/e.
I eventually want to get outside, but 175+ for a rope is a little much right now, considering that my school has the largest free-standing climbing wall in the state.