Alright, so you want to start climbing rocks. You have made a great choice. Not only is rock climbing a fantastic work out for your muscles, but also a great work out for your mind. The more you climb, the more you will learn about your body’s strengths and weaknesses and be able to tailor your climbing experience to you.
For starters, you will need to find a place to climb. There are several places in the Bay Area to choose from, most being indoor gyms. Each studio typically has a membership you can sign up for that pays on a monthly basis.
Once you have found a place, I recommend you begin by testing out rocks by bouldering. This will give you a chance to get a feel for what you will be up against if you decide to take this journey further. Rocks aren’t easy nor are they forgiving. Find a colored course that looks do-able to you, and give it a go. Remember, if you fall or need to give up half way, it’s not big deal. Even the best climbers fall dozens of times a day.
Assuming you’re still enthralled by the idea of climbing synthetic rocks towards the ceiling of a eerily tall building, you’re going to need to get some gear. In future posts I’ll break down what is needed specifically for top roping
as that is a more complex purchase, but for starters you’re going to need climbing choose and chalk. Rock climbers use a specific kind of a show that allows you to funnel your foot into a position where most of your pressure is being applied to the tip of the shoe, much like a ballerina slipper. Once you’ve found a pair of shoes, you’ll need chalk and possibly a chalk bag. Chalk is your best friend when it comes to climbing. It is applied to your hands before climbing a puzzle, drying your hands and creating a type of friction that works to your advantage when you need a good grip on a rock.
The last thing you need is the energy and motivation to tackle this sport. Try and carve out some consistent time in your schedule to head down to a gym. Start with a couple climbs a day and work yourself up to a comfortable work out that serves you. You will be climbing El Capitan in no time.