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Dec 20, 2010, 1:36 AM

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Just starting out! Plenty of ?s
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Hello, I've been wanting to get into climbing my entire life, and I've finally decided to get my ass out there and start. A few things about me: I'm 15 years old(still a youngin), I'm in love with the outdoors, and I'm very successful nature photographer, and my main sport at the moment is competitive cycling, and nordic skiing during the off season. I think this is a great community, and I can't wait to start learning from everyone.

I live in central MN at the moment, and I've been to the local indoor wall and love it, so I bought a semester pass, but I'm trying to decide if I should try to learn ice climbing during the winter (probably after ski season) or if I should just stick with indoor walls until spring. I have pretty much no experience with outdoor climbing, so would it be a good idea to try to learn ice first? Or should I wait until I have experience with top roping, sport, lead, ect. Before climbing ice?

As a competitive cyclist I'm very lean and in great shape, but, like many cyclists, I have a very unproportionate body. What I mean by this is, I have huge treetrunk-like legs, and hardly a thing on my upper body. I know that after climbing on a regular basis I will gain some muscle up top, but I'm more worried about having huge heavy legs to weigh me down... Do you think this will negatively affect my climbing? I know having very strong legs is a great skill to have in climbing, but when I look at photos of climbers, even though they have strong legs, they're still quite thin legs. For me, theres not an inch of fat on my legs, but they're just so damn huge! I know this is probably a pretty dumb thing to think about, and the most important thing is to get out there and start climbing, but perhaps there are other past-cyclists on this forum that has the same experience? Thanks. Joe
PS you can check out my photography blog at

(This post was edited by cyclingkid on Dec 20, 2010, 1:36 AM)

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