A lot of people learn to climb from friends or family. This is a great way to begin, but sometimes it can be difficult to find climbers willing to teach, especially if you don't have prior climbing experience.
Some learn to climb, virtually on their own, through a mixture of talking to people with experience, and using online/written resources. This can turn into a difficult way to learn, as it is easier for most people to learn knots and rope systems, from an instructor, rather than a book or video. Learning from another person tends to instill more confidence and often speeds up the learning curve as well.
The final way that many learn rock climbing, is through a gym, non-profit, or a guide service/school. These are all great options, with several key differences.
Climbing in a gym is a great way to train strength, mobility, and technique. However, if your ultimate goal is to climb outside, learning to climb on real rock will be more beneficial in the long run. “Reading rock” (finding your next hold and figuring out the best way to get to it) is very different outside, then it is on gym holds. If you learn to rock climb outside you will likely be more comfortable and confident in that setting. Virtually every climber will tell you that confidence, along with your overall mental state, has a significant impact on your ability to succeed on any given route. Learning to climb outside means you will be more confident climbing on real rock. If you learn In a gym, the transition to outdoor rock may be more difficult.
Learning to climb with a non-profit is also a great way to get into climbing. However, climbing at a 1-1 or 2-1 ratio with a guide service or school, like Inland Northwest Climbing Outfitters in Spokane, typically provides a more focused learning environment. While nothing can replace the benefits that come with experience, guide services and climbing schools can generally provide quicker access, to the knowledge and skills, necessary to climb confidently.
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7292 V Highway 291 Tumtum, WA 99034
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