If you’re looking for a mix of adventure, exercise, and maybe even a new way to experience the great outdoors, rock climbing is the ideal sport. But if you’re also not sure where to begin, you’ve come to the right place. Our guides make climbing for beginners fun and easy.
If you’re ready to start, you’re probably wondering who can teach you go climb. And the first step in figuring out who can teach you to climb is deciding what type of climbing you’d like to do. Let’s take a look.
There are a number of ways to climb—but bouldering, top-rope climbing, and lead climbing are the three most typical. Here’s what to know before you make a choice.
Learning to climb isn’t intuitive, or something you can figure out as you go along. To make sure you’re safe and learning how to climb correctly from the beginning, you’ll need a professional or a friend who also happens to be experienced in rock climbing.
You’ll want the expert you choose to teach you the most important skills—like safety tips, proper belay technique, rope management, and how to place gear and build safe anchors (later down the road). They can also offer tips and tricks on ways to be more efficient and graceful while climbing so you have more fun. But who are these experts?
Of course, you don’t necessarily need to jump right into one on one coaching or mentorship, although it’s wonderful if that’s possible for you. There are also plenty of opportunities for classes and workshops across the country and globe. Look into if there are some near you.
Classes and workshops can teach you important safety and technique skills affordably and well, and also have the added benefit of being great places to find friends (and even guides, too).
There are two main sources of classes and workshops:
Climbing organizations are also wonderful places to find classes and workshops. These organizations are another ideal place to meet other climbers of all abilities, learn new skills, and even give back to your new community with volunteer trail maintenance an
No matter who you decide to learn from, training is an incredibly important piece of the puzzle. Like many things in life, learning to climb is something that takes time and persistence. You’ll want to make sure that you keep at it, so your newly acquired skills stay cemented in your brain. And maybe you’ll even pick up new ones as you go!