Joshua Tree Uprising Adventure Guides is a staunch proponent of going in informed, at least when it comes to rock climbing. Beginners should never start climbing without any idea of what to expect or what they should do.
This is mainly because there are very real risks involved if you go in blind. It is not a matter of picking yourself up and trying again – a novice uninformed mistake could lead to actual bodily harm in rock climbing. So in order to help rock climbing beginners, here is a quick guide (or checklist) before you attempt the climb:
Get a Qualified Joshua Tree Uprising Guide
This is the most important part if you are a novice rock climber. Getting a guide covers all the crucial aspects involved in learning how to climb properly, as well as keeping you safe.
Joshua Tree Uprising has veteran guides that have years of experience guiding beginners. They are friendly and know the Joshua Tree National Park like the back of their hand. You can check out some of our veteran guides here.
Pick a Rock Climbing Discipline
Before you jump in with both feet (figuratively speaking), it is best to first pick one out of the many range of rock climbing styles and disciplines. They each require different gear and training, so it is best to focus on one first as opposed to juggling various disciplines.
For beginners, any of the following will be a great starting point:
- Bouldering – this is great for novices because it requires the least amount of gear and commitment, only requiring a good pair of climbing shoes, a crash pad, and a chalk bag at the minimum. Your Joshua Tree Uprising guide can serve as the spotter.
- Indoor climbing – this is also great for beginners because it is done indoors, usually in a gym. With the training space more restricted, it is easier to ensure your safety.
- Top-rope climbing outdoors – top roping can be a lot more intensive than the previous two, but the use of solid anchor points and a taut rope ensure that the distance of a fall is minimal if you slip off a rock. It is the reason why it is the first type of rope climbing beginners should do whether they are indoor or outdoor.
Invest on Rock Climbing Equipment
Be prepared to invest a little bit on getting the proper climbing gear. Rock climbing is not the place to be a cheapskate. While you can of course try to hunt down good deals and be more cost-effective, avoid sacrificing quality of the gear just to save a few bucks. You may be sacrificing your health quite literally in this regard.
Some of the gear you need to invest in include:
- Climbing clothing – clothes play a big part here. You don’t want to be wearing clothing that get in the way of the rope or those that can get snagged in various branches and rocks.
- Climbing Shoes – proper climbing shoes will improve your ability to grip footholds
- Helmet – a helmet will help protect your head from falling rocks and debris, and in worst case scenarios such as a fall, a helmet can sometimes mean the difference between life and death.
- Harness – this consist of two parts, the waistbelt and the leg loops. They are required for all types of climbing except for bouldering, because it allows you to tie into the rope efficiently and securely.
- Carabiners – these are light metal rings with spring-loaded gates that help connect inhumanly good (and fast) at tying knots, carabiners are a must.
- Chalk – similar to gymnasts, climbers need chalk in order to improve grip. This is because chalk helps absorb perspiration, preventing slips due to wet, clammy hands.
With all of the above, you are most likely already well on your way to making your first real climb. Don’t forget to get your own Joshua Tree Uprising guide. Contact us now and we’ll gladly match your with an ideal guide!