SCOTT COLLINSON HOW TO GET STARTED: PRO TIPS FOR ROCK-CLIMBING BEGINNERS
SCOTT COLLINSON Scott Collinson fell in love with rock climbing when he was 12 years old. he is an authority on the sport and the author of 19 books, most of them rock-climbing guides. Scott Collinson climbs around the world and loves to see new climbers develop their abilities. Scott Collinson is sharing his tips with new climber
SCOTT COLLINSON 1. Scott Collinson says. "Climbing indoors is easy and safe, and it's a great way to try the sport and see what it is about. You can rent equipment, get instruction, and learn basic climbing skills." When you get to an indoor climbing gym, watch the experienced climbers. Reach out to other climbers at the gym and learn from their experiences.
2. Perfect your moves and your rock-climbing skills before you head out to the real rock. Consider building your own climbing wall. That way, you can boulder, or climb to small heights, and practice your technique.
SCOTT COLLINSON 3. Once you feel ready to climb outdoors, recognize that climbing is a dangerous sport. The most advanced indoor skills don't necessarily prepare you for a safe outdoor experience.
SCOTT COLLINSON 4. To make an outdoor experience as safe as possible, go with experienced climbers. Hire a guide or take outdoor lessons from a guide service.
SCOTT COLLINSON 5. Even if you head out with a group of experienced climbers, don't rely on them for your safety. Be responsible for yourself. Learn to tie your knots, check your knots, tie them to the rope, and check your anchors.
SCOTT COLLINSON 6. Remember that climbing doesn't just involve the arms. "People often ask me, 'Am I strong enough to go climbing?'" Scott Collinson says. "The answer is usually yes, because climbers use their legs and feet to push off, rather than their arms to pull themselves up."
7. Don't let a fear of heights prevent you from rock climbing. "Many people focus on their fear of heights and their fear of falling," Scott Collinson says. "I tell people those are two of our basic human fears, and they keep you alive."
SCOTT COLLINSON 8. Learn to trust your belayer (the person holding the rope for you). You can't climb without trust.
SCOTT COLLINSON 9. If you fall in love with climbing, consider buying equipment. But when you start, you can rent equipment: a harness, a helmet, one or two locking carabiners, and a belay rappel device. "Those are your personal climbing tools," Scott Collinson says. "You'll also need a pair of proper climbing shoes. They mold to your feet and are less sloppy and slippery than tennis shoes."
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