A group of us went to bolder canyon in Colorado and an instructor/friend helped me fulfil one of my longest running wishes on my list. This was a lot of fun and would definitely suggest it.
Try to get hooked up with an instructor and do a beginner class/course if you can it is well worth it and it would really help you get started if you wanted to do it long term. 3 weeks ago
I have done a couple of beginenrs courses now and I highly recommend joining a mountaineering club if you want to seriously get into rock climbing, especially if your friends aren’t as into it as you are. And if you’re scared of heights keep facing the fear and you’ll find that it becomes easier to manage! Its also great doing it with pro’s who can guide you in terms of climbing techniques etc.
Here’s a helpful you tube clip, this guy is great and has a whole series of videos on rock climbing!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbIDnMmSLsc 6 months ago
How I did it: I'd been on a couple of trips years ago with school.
More recently I had been going Caving regularly and was getting fear in high exposed places underground. I wanted to combat this fear and thought that sunlit above ground climbing would be the way to go.
The first thing was to find the indoor climbing wall in my home town that had the most variety. 'The Castle' in Stoke Newington really won out on that front and they had pre-requisite safety course which as a caver definitely appealed to me.
I took the afternoon course and got the feeling that there was a very friendly atmosphere at the wall. I phoned all the numbers off the "training buddy wanted" noticeboard and slowly trimmed down to three regular buddies who I climbed with over seven to nine sessions each fortnight. As my network at the wall grew of course we all got talking about climbing outdoors and knew people who were winter training at the wall to keep in condition for the next summer.
Once the weather improved we arranged a weekend in the peak district, hired a couple of cars and drove up from London for a weekend.
And we all came back in one piece! Hooray! Read how I did it… 3 years ago
Did a climbing course in France last week and obtained climbing certificate (klimvaardigheidsbewijs) level 3: toprope, lead climbing and multipitch on bolted walls. 10 months ago