Re: [alexschultz1] where did you learn how to trad lead climb
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I read Freedom of the Hills and John Long's book on anchors cover to cover six times. I spent hours tying and retying knots one-handed while sitting on the couch. I headed out to the local crag a couple of times and spent the day placing gear and rigging anchors on the ground. I posted pictures of my placements online to see what other people thought. I seconded a small handful of routes (nowhere near as many as I would have liked). I practiced eyeballing cam placements in my apartment (bomber #3 camalot between the kitchen counter and the fridge) then I went out to one of the local climbing areas and hopped on a short 5.3 and stitched it up (I can climb 5.9, maybe 5.10).
Read everything you can get your hands on. Consider hiring a guide if you can afford it. If seconding someone more experienced isn't an option spend a lot of time placing and cleaning gear and rigging anchors on the ground. Then go find a route that you could climb barefoot with one hand (literally) that offers plenty of gear placements, and get your send on.
(This post was edited by knieveltech on Dec 26, 2007, 7:22 AM)