8 beginner tips you NEED To know on how to start outdoor rock climbing

If you would like to start climbingoutdoors then keep watching.

Rock climbing is very different from climbing in the local climbing gym.

So, for that reason I have collected eight learnings.

that I think that you should know before you make the transition.

And, will also sharea few very good beginners rock climbing destinations in Europe that a thing youshould consider visiting.

And, of course we'll also look into whatspecific gear you should bring.

But, we look into that later in the video.

first of all start with single pitch sport climbing.

This is what resembles indoor climbingthe most so you can easily build up skill from there.

And one thing you'llsoon discover is that you can't climb as hard as you do indoors.

And, there's a fewreally good reasons for that.

First of all the holes in your local climbing gymare coloured, right? And, you don't have that luxury outdoors because it can bevery hard to identify the climbing holds.

Because they all tend to look the same.

And, especially on easier routes say up to French 6a the amount of climbingholds are so vast that you spend a lot of time searching for even better holds.

and you'll consume a lot of energy on that! But, as you start progressing outdoors you can start navigating by all the chalk marks that other climbers haveleft behind.

And that makes things a whole lot easier! Another thing is thatoutdoor rock climbing is a mental game.

Falling outdoors can be a bit scarierthan falling indoors.

You will probably find that the distance between the bolts are longer than you're used to and you will take longer Falls.

And that takesa bit of a time to get used to.

So, I would recommend starting really slow.

Start a few grades below your redpoint level in your local climbing gym andthen build up from there.

There are many great destinations for beginners around the world but if you're based in Europe I would highly recommend going to Italy.

Especially Arco near the Garda Lake is a fantastic place to start.

Here the distance between the bolts are very short and you'll feel protected all thetime.

A nd that is something you will definitely not find in Germany where there will be longer distance between the bolts and often it's only the cruxsections that's actually bolted Depending on where you go rock climbingthere's some special gear that I highly recommend that you bring.

First of all get a handful of maillons also referred to as bail biners.

if you find yourself on a route that is too tough then you can place one of these maillons and get lowered off of that instead of having to leave one of yourquickdraws behind.

because in the long run that becomespretty expensive.

And, you would never want to be loweredoff directly on the bolts because this can really significantly damage the climbing rope.

And, speaking of climbing ropes I would highly recommend getting at least a 60 meter climbing rope or even a 70 meter climbing rope.

Because the routes outdoors are oftenlonger in your local climbing gym.

I would also recommend getting a rope that has rock protection that would protect it against dust sand sand.

This significantly increases the durability and the lifespan of your climbing rope and it's definitely worth the investment.

You should check out brands like Mummut or Edelrid who makes some reallyexcellent outdoor climbing ropes.

You should also consider getting a rope bag for your climbing rope.

With a rope bag you can easilycarry the rope around at the crag and a rope bag will also help protect against sand and dust.

There are many different options out there and I owned the Petzl Kliffwhich I find is a really good rope bag that can contain both my rope, and my harness my shoes, and some water and some snacks.

But if you're on a budget thenone of those blue IKEA bags actually gets the job done quite well.

As there are no quickdraws alreadypre-attached to the bolts outdoors you need to bring your own.

There are loads of different options here too and there lot of different kinds that you can select from but we'll cover that in a later video.

But, for a first set of quickdraws I would probably go for something like the Petzl Spirit Express or maybe the Black Diamond Positron.

These are quite cheap and really durable.

And in terms of selecting quickdraws you should get a good variation of different lengths because climbing routes doesn't necessarily go in a straight line and you would reallylike to avoid rope drag especially on longer routes.

Personally, I carry the DMM Phantomwhich is a really lightweight quickdraw that comes in three differentsizes.

And, depending on where you go climbing you should obviously get aguidebook for the area.

A guidebook help you get an overview of the different climbs for that particular area that you're visiting.

Personally, I like havinga physical guide book in my hand and the ones from Rockfax andVertifcal Life are really excellent.

But, in these modern times you can actuallyalso get mobile apps that contains topography of major crags.

And, actually both Rockfax and Vertical Life offers such apps.

When I research for a new climbing tripI often start online.

I go to UKclimbing.

com to get an overview ofmulti-pitch climbing and then I also use 27crags.

com for sport climbing.

But often I find that these crowd-sourcedwebsites are not enough and then I go to Amazon.

com or Kletterfuehrer.

netto pick up a guidebook for area.

And finally Get a huge amount of sport tapeso you can tape up your fingers! Making the transition from softplastic in your local climbing gym to the hard granite of Chamonix or limestone rock in Arco is really tough on your fingers! So, if you liked this video remember tohit the like button below and if you have any questions regarding how tostart the rock climbing outdoors then leave a comment below.

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