For novice climbers, rock climbing tours can be an intimidating concept. After all, there is a chance that everybody else in the group is already a seasoned climber, and you may end up doing something that is completely amateurish and embarrassing.
There is no need to feel these way. For starters, rock climbing tours are inherently designed to cater to novices. People will understand (and may even expect) you to be a beginner. You should feel safe in knowing that nothing harmful and embarrassing will happen as long as you follow the guide’s directions. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t things that you need to follow if you don’t want to look out of place.
Things You Should Do in Rock Climbing Tours
Think of it as similar to bowling. What do you do when you go bowling as a first timer? You rent shoes (or bring existing ones) because you want to be geared enough for the activity. It is a little bit more involved when it comes to rock climbing tours:
- Rent shoes or bring an existing pair
- make sure the toe box is snug enough for your toes to perch on small footholds
- rent a bag of chalk
- If you are top-roping, you should also rent a harness
Start out easy
We all learn to crawl before we walk, and then we master walking before we get serious about running. The same holds true for rock climbing. Don’t go for the hard paths immediately. Nobody wants you to get hurt in an attempt to look good. This is where following the guide comes in. Your guide will purposely choose easy paths because she doesn’t want you to get hurt.
Respect the queue
Think of rock climbing tours as a gym. There will be a queue. It’s not a line in the same way you will find on gyms, it’s more like an order of people who are already on the wall and raring to go, and people who are next. Just be aware of the surroundings and don’t jump in front of someone who looks ready to make a run.
Don’t be afraid to ask while on rock climbing tours
Last but not the least, don’t be afraid to ask your guide if you are curious about something. Don’t hesitate to ask for tips and pointers. They are always happy to share knowledge and experience, and where else should you learn it from people who are paid to guide you?
If you are looking for guides to go with you on your rock climbing tours, you can contact Uprising Adventure Guides. We will be happy to pair you up with one of our expert rock climbing instructors.