How to Get Started Rock Climbing

If you’re looking for an activity that’s fun, energizing and a great physical challenge there’s nothing better than rock climbing.

Rock climbing is not only a great workout but it will also give you a healthy dose of adrenaline as well! It might seem like rock climbing is only for daredevils but with some patience and preparation you can become a rock climbing master too!

man rock climbing

We’ve come up with these tips for beginners that want to start their own rock climbing adventure. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a super athlete to get started!

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1. Find a guide

Your absolute first step as a beginner should be to find a qualified guide. Getting started with experienced friends might do the trick, but if you don’t have any of those you’ll need a qualified rock climbing guide to show you the ropes.

The REI Outdoor School offers a wide range of rock climbing classes to help you get started. You can also try contacting local rock climbing gyms or organizations near you to point you in the right direction.

2. Choose your type of climbing

Rock climbing includes a wide range of disciplines, each requiring their own styles of training and gear. You’ll want to think carefully about which type of rock climbing you’ll want to learn before you purchase any expensive gear. The different types include:

● Indoor climbing
● Bouldering
● Outdoor Tope-rope Climbing

As you become proficient in any of these, some advanced techniques will also become available to you such as lead climbing.

3. Purchase the right gear

If you start at a rock climbing gym or with a guide, they will usually provide you with enough gear to get started. But if rock climbing becomes a passion, soon enough you’ll want to invest in your own climbing gear. The type of gear you’ll need to purchase really depends on the type of rock climbing you’ll be doing.

Some general tips include:

● You’ll need sweat-wicking, breathable and flexible clothing. If you climb outdoors, you’ll also need an extra pair of clothing in case weather conditions change
● Purchase a pair of climbing shoes. These shoes have more friction on the bottoms to help you along your climb
● Safety first - invest in a proper rock climbing helmet. Make sure you know how to fall properly as well.
● Unless you’re bouldering, you’ll need a harness.
● Just like gymnasts, you’ll need chalk to help with your grip

You don’t have to purchase super expensive gear right away. Purchase the basics to get through your early training and upgrade as you go along.

girl rock climbing

4. Learn rock climbing manners

Climbing is a social sport so you’ll want to learn the basics of rock climbing etiquette. For indoor rock climbing it’s pretty simple. Don’t trample over people and wait your turn to use rock climbing equipment. Follow the gym’s rules closely to ensure you're staying within your bounds.

Outdoor climbing has rules as well. Always follow a “leave no trace” mindset meaning you should leave every rock climbing area better than you found it. You’ll also need to learn to challenge yourself yet still respect your own limits. Pushing yourself too far, too quickly, could put yourself in harm’s way along with those around you.

Author - Aleksandra Djurdjevic
Aleksandra Djurdjevic          

Senior Content Creator

Aleksandra Djurdjevic is a senior writer and editor, covering snowboarding, skiing and trends in outdoor winter activities. She has previously worked as ESL teacher for English Tochka. Aleksandra graduated from the Comparative Literature department at the Faculty of Philosophy in Serbia. Aleksandra’s love for the mountains, getting out in the snow on her board, season after season, seeking wild snow adventures across the globe helps her continue to be a top expert at CSG.


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