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Top 5 tips for beginner rock climbers: Don’t let gravity get you down!

Are you ready to take on the great outdoors and scale some rocky heights? Rock climbing can be an exciting and challenging adventure, but it’s important to stay safe and make sure you’re well prepared. Before you strap on those harnesses and chalk up your hands, check out our beginner rock climbing tips that will have you scaling walls like Spider-Man in no time.

To help you on your climbing journey, our Lead Climbing Instructor, Morgan Fines, shares his top five tips for beginner rock climbers. Morgan instructs our Intro to Outdoor Climbing course, geared at beginner climbers. 

  1. Safety first!

Let’s get serious for a moment–safety should always be your top priority when rock climbing. Make sure you have all the necessary gear, including a helmet, harness, and climbing shoes. Don’t skimp on the safety equipment: it’s your lifeline! And remember, always climb with a partner and communicate effectively throughout your climb.

  1. Ask lots of questions

When learning, don’t be afraid to ask questions, even if they seem silly. Climbing is a complex sport, and there’s always something new to learn. Ask experienced climbers for advice and tips, and take advantage of any instructional classes or courses offered. The only stupid question is the one you don’t ask!

At Uplift, we understand that outdoor climbing can be intimidating for beginners, which is why we offer a comprehensive Intro to Outdoor Climbing course. Specifically designed for those who’ve never climbed before or have only tackled indoor climbing, this course will teach you the fundamentals of climbing, belaying, and rappelling safely. Not only that, but our course will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to confidently pass a belay test at an indoor climbing gym. 

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  1. Always start with something easier and work your way up.

You wouldn’t try to run a marathon without training first, right? The same goes for rock climbing. Start with easier climbs and gradually work your way up to more challenging routes. It’s important to build your confidence and skills before attempting something more difficult. Don’t try to be a rock star right out of the gate!

  1. Double check everything

Before you start climbing, double check everything–your gear, your knots, and your partner’s equipment. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and taking a few extra minutes to double check everything can prevent accidents and injuries. 

  1. Take your time and enjoy

Last but not least, remember to take your time and enjoy the experience. Don’t rush through a climb or push yourself too hard. Take breaks when you need to, and take in the breathtaking scenery around you. After all, it’s not just about reaching the top–it’s the climb that counts!

Rock the outdoors

So there you have it, Morgan’s top 5 tips for beginner rock climbers. Don’t be discouraged by falls or setbacks— they’re simply opportunities to learn and grow. Whether you choose to climb for the physical challenge, the breathtaking views, or the sheer joy of defying gravity, rock climbing offers an adventure like no other. So get out there, embrace the thrill, and let the rocks become your playground.If staying on solid ground is more your speed. we have a wide variety of backcountry camping and hiking experiences that will take you on unforgettable journeys through rugged landscapes and breathtaking wilderness. View our summer adventures