Best Tips for Beginner Climbers

If you're just starting out in the world of rock climbing, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed by all the info out there. Don't worry, we've got your back with these tips and resources to help you get started.

1. Warm up and stretch

A proper warm-up and stretching routine can help prevent injuries and improve your climbing performance. Start with some light cardio to get your heart rate up and wrist exercises to prevent pain later down the line.

2. Climb more

The number one thing you can do as a beginner is to get on the wall and start climbing. This is how you learn how to move your body and improve your skills. Don't be afraid to try different routes and holds, and make sure you know how to fall safely. The more you climb, the better you'll get.

3. Don't overdo it

While it's important to climb regularly, you don't want to overdo it and risk an injury. Tendons take longer to strengthen than muscles do, so you gotta give your body some time to recover between climbing sessions. A good rule of thumb is to climb about three days per week for a max of two hours per session, with at least two nights of rest in between. If you need a break, don't be afraid to take a rest day or week - it's better to skip a few sessions than to risk an injury that could set you back for months.

4. Get the right climbing shoes

Properly fitting shoes are crucial for climbing. They should be snug but comfy, with enough room in the toe box to allow your toes to spread out naturally. When you're shopping for climbing shoes, get some help from an experienced climber who can guide you on sizing and fit. Don't be tempted to buy shoes that are too small - they might feel good at first, but they'll only cause discomfort and hinder your performance in the long run.

5. (Top-rope) Do a partner check before you start

Before you start climbing with a buddy, it's important to do a thorough partner check. Make sure you both have all the gear you need (like harnesses, helmets, carabiners, etc.), and that it's all in good working order. Check each other's knots to make sure they're tied and secure. Make sure you both know proper belaying communication, and how to use the gear safely. Taking the time to do a partner check might seem like a pain, but it's essential for climbing safely and responsibly.