If you’ve got the rock climbing bug, it helps to build your technique and experience in stages. Most people begin with introductory classes on gym climbing walls, but quickly graduate to real, live rocks in the wide world outside. For many, this is the real goal of rock climbing, but it comes with a number of factors like weather, unpredictability and other challenges. It’s a good idea to plan your transition, by signing up with a guide or a climbing group to get the hang of things. This is also when you’ll want to gear up and start acquiring your own shoes, helmet, harness, carabiners, and other rock climbing gear.
Making the transition
Some people are happy to continue climbing walls at the gym but for most people, the purpose of the sport of rock climbing is to take i