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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:17 pm 
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How do I get started mountain climbing? I'm 18 and I really want to get into serious mountain climbing... not the fake rock wall stuff. I live in the midwest so I'm not sure how to do that in this area, what equipment I need or anything else like that. Most importantly I don't really know how to do it without killing myself... do you take lesson or something?


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 1:45 pm 
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The midwest really? Chicago? Can you be a bit more specific.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:25 pm 
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Hahaha yes I think if you can be a bit more specific as to where this "Midwest" is it would help a great lot!

Firstly like any thing in life, you gotta crawl before you walk, and walk before you run!

I would suggest you first start climbing on these "fake rock wall stuff" - hehehe I don't mean to be rude! but that is the best introduction into this sport, you re going to learn a whole lot about rock climbing on synthetic indoor climbing walls
So the most important thing to start climbing now is your own shoes and harness, but also at a climbing gym you can usually rent great

Wonderwall is a climbing gym in Kya Sand in JHB, they take people out climbing on weekends and they supply all the gear, if you want to go that route.

Also to start climbing outdoors the first major thing you are going to need is a belayer, someone who is at the other end of your rope to keep you safe, and these type of guys you usually meet at indoor climbing clubs!

And then looking at the gear, just to start outdoors is going to cost you an arm and a leg!
Stuff you need:
Harness
Shoes
Quickdraws (at least eight)
Carabiners
Slings
Belay device
Chalk bag
ROPE!

now on the cheapest if I make my calculations is around R5000, and that is on the bare minimum! then you also need a bag to carry all of this gear in -

To tell you my story I started climbing 17 months ago, and for the first 8 months it was only indoors - then I met a few guys who had gear for climbing outside and only there after did I start buying my own gear.

Hope this answer's some of your questions


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 4:26 pm 
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In JHB the right way is to go to the MCSA Orientation (or to a professional guide). This is so that you can receive instruction on how to not kill yourself as part of a programme designed to introduce you to the sport & at the same time you learn about the local crags & about the correct access rules to the local sport crags. This is important as when you are a beginner learning about these things from others in the same boat may lead to you making critical errors with regards your safety & access to the crags and that could be disastrous.

Just ask around & you will be able to get hold of them, it is by far the easiest route.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 4:35 pm 
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If you find yourself in Pretoria. Come check out Exploratio clubnights at TUKS sports grounds, Monday and Wednesday 7-9pm. No cost until you decide you like it. Buur-uur social from 9-10pm after clubnight at a bar down the road.

We have gear.

We have slacklining.

We have many students and we welcome everybody.

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PM me for more details OR contact exploratio at:
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 7:03 pm 
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Or contact us [http://www.rocrope.com], on route to see some animals in the Kruger Park?

Where are you based?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:18 pm 
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Trollville.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:49 am 
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henkg wrote:
Trollville.


My immediate thought! Just waiting for a link to appear in the post, selling knock off trainers or something.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 2:31 pm 
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Ya, I think the big clue is the "new car information ~ automobile club ~ automobile pictures" tag at the bottom of that first post. Seems like there are a lot of these lately.


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I have banned the user, but left the post as there is some useful info.
Whats interesting is that it is a real person and not a bot this time. We'll be putting (additional) spam measures in place soon.

Lastly a big thanks for the moderators on this site that remove spam.

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