A Beginner’s Guide to Rock Climbing: Routine & The Outdoors

A Beginner’s Guide to Rock Climbing: Routine & The Outdoors

I have been missing my daily posts as of late because of work and climbing a heck of a lot more. By the time I get home, I’m so tuckered out that I can’t even crawl to my computer. In an older post I talked about the gear I recently purchased and the items you will need to get started. Now that I have the gear and I’ve been climbing for a little over 4 months I have definitely had to learn how to manage my time in order to fit everything in. It has been both a painful and rewarding experience and I want to first talk about how making a schedule is one of the most important things to becoming a better climber.

When I know I need to get off the couch and into some climbing shoes I look at my calendar. It gets me motivated to drive myself to the gym and work some problems. Try to start calendaring when you will be climbing, taking breaks, and doing other cardio. I’ve used DESIGNLOVEFEST’s calendar design (it’s just so darn cute) and added my workout routine for the month. It really has kept me on task and helped show my progress with bouldering and top rope. You can download the PDF here: climbing calendar march 2013

climbing calendar march 2013

The second thing I have learned from this short time is that you can’t just climb at the gym. You need to go outside. Climb on real rock. You will be bloody and sore and bruised the first time you go out but it is well worth it. My callouses and fingertips have become so much tougher because of it. Also my footwork is better because of all of the small surfaces and unexpected moves you get from climbing on natural rock. I have gone from climbing 5.8 to now climbing 5.10C. That is a huggggge jump! My boyfriend and I have been focusing most of our attention in Joshua Tree National Park or just up in the hills of Riverside. If you are worried about going alone, check out your local Meetup groups.

In the next post I’ll be talking about the incredibly painful and all too familiar flapper! Stay tuned.

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