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sakura


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So far i have been climbing a few times and i have read tenn_dawgs post (which is very helpful). But what else do i need to know? What are the basics? and where can i get a hold of good info?

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I am actually somewhat of a beginner too, but the best piece of advice I have received so far is to keep my hips turned towards the rock, especially on overhanging routes. And, as always be careful.

You would more than likely be able to find a book about climbing at your local libarary and ou could definately buy one.

Hope this helps

Happy climbing.


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The best way to learn is to just do it. Climb with different people, watch their technique, listen to their advice, and when you're climbing try different things and see what works for you.


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well, not sure if this is what you're looking for, but one thing that helped me improve lots was working on my footwork more than anything. just focus on having "quiet feet" and you will place them SO well. Well placed feet seemed to translate into me not having to use my arms so much, thus less pumped out. one other thing that really helped was always straight arming whenver possible. if you keep your elbows more of less locked whenever possible (unless in the middle of a move) it puts the weight onto your skeletal system, instead of muscular. It helps tons on pumpy routes.


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The WORST way to learn is on the internet.


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"I have just started so what are the basics?"

I've taken many a friend out to climb for their first time. Anytime they get stuck and ask where to go, I tell them the same thing, and I'll tell you the same thing: Go up


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im a beginner myself, the best tips as mentioned above are to keep your arms straight as possible, a couple of weeks ago i put a post up complaining of pain over both my arms. my doc told me it was because i was putting all my weight on to the muscle near my elbows and could cause probs if i didnt change my technique. the second as mentioned is to keep your hips moving in to the rock/wall as you move, this is handy if you get tired.


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im a beginner myself, the best tips as mentioned above are to keep your arms straight as possible, a couple of weeks ago i put a post up complaining of pain over both my arms. my doc told me it was because i was putting all my weight on to the muscle near my elbows and could cause probs if i didnt change my technique, you need to focus on not climbing up so much as you would on a ladder but in a kinda side to side motion which follows on to by the 2nd point as mentioned. keep your hips moving in to the rock/wall as you move, this is handy if you get tired as you can keep your body pulled in and rest.


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im a beginner myself, the best tips as mentioned above are to keep your arms straight as possible, a couple of weeks ago i put a post up complaining of pain over both my arms. my doc told me it was because i was putting all my weight on to the muscle near my elbows and could cause probs if i didnt change my technique, you need to focus on not climbing up so much as you would on a ladder but in a kinda side to side motion which follows on to by the 2nd point as mentioned. keep your hips moving in to the rock/wall as you move, this is handy if you get tired as you can keep your body pulled in and rest.


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I'm a noob to. Welcome to the wonderful world of rock climbing. The best advice I could give you is to go pick up some books. I would recommend Fredom of the Hills. It will give you a lot of information your probably not that interested in at this point, but the info on rock climbing technique, and basic safety systems is invaluable. I would also recomend How to Rock Climb by John Long, this is also a great resource. Much of the info will be redundant, but as a climber redundancy is something you'll have to get used to.

I would also recomend tring to find someone who is an experience climber to tag along with. You can test out your knowledge from all the reading you'll be doing and have someone who can make sure your doing it right and help you when your doing it wrong.


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The WORST way to learn is on the internet.

I don't think that's true really. Depending upon what it is a person wishes to learn, the internet is among the BEST ways.

Seriously.

DMT


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Don't let go.

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Hmmm.... I give this thread just less than two pages before it becomes a flame war, so I'll add my $.02 now...


--Ask questions, a lot of 'em (but only after trying your best to work through them yourself)

--Read alot: Freedom of the Hills, How to Rock Climb, etc

--Get a short 15ft length of rope and tie knots, incessantly

--practice using your gear, be adaptive (Kleimheist, Bachman's, Prussik, Munter Hitch, using your rope as your cordo/webolette)

--Stay humble and focus on techniques and skills, not grades

The last is most important. If you're only going to top rope or be a sporto then, yeah buy some spandex and only focus on the physical skills. If you really want to get into climbing, learn systems and how to adapt them-- I still scare myself every time I think back to how little I knew about self-rescue, anchors, placing protection, and multi-pitch when I started trad-leading.

The strength and confidence to push through difficult sections will come naturally as you push yourself on the rock, learning systems requires setting aside time to figure/try them out.


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I really like scrappydo's advice about focusing on technique, not grade. I'd rather do a 5.9 in the gym with "quiet feet", good turning of my hips, and less pumping of my forearms than sending a new 5.10 route.

I've only been at this sport for about 8 months. Watching people with good technique is inspiring. Get some private lessons. And just climb, climb, climb!

Books help me a lot, but nothing compares to getting out with a good partner. I can practicethe knowts I want in my house, but it's never the same as out on the rock.

I second FREEDOM OF THE HILLS. It's the bible.

Anne


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quit now. and don't ask for info on arrrrceeedotcom.


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first... climb as much as possible
second... have sex with as many girls as possible
that is all.. oh yeah throw some beer in there somewhere


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