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Old 11-16-2005, 06:13 PM   #1
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Right, well i'm gonna start rock climbing sometime soon. So, my question is, how much does it cost to set up for such a venture?? And what exactly do i need in order to survive?? I wont buy everything at the start of course, i probably wont buy anything for a while, but i just want to get a rough idea of how much all the gear costs.

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Wow you picked an expensive sport my friend!

Ok a good dynamic 60meter rope will cost around 200USD
Carabiners cost between 1-15USD
A good ATC is around 15-30USD
A harness between 30-150USD
Shoes - 70-300USD
Webbing - 4-7 dollars a meter
Chalk bag and chalk - 20USD

Allright now all that will only get you started with toproping! If you want to start climbing sport you will need quickdraws which you can get for 10-30 each. If you want to climb Trad then you need to buy a lot lot more of cams. hexes, picks, and a bunch of other stuff.

If you want to fly to AZ I can take you out and show you the ropes!

I also own a few extra harnesses in different sizes so I can take people with me and an extra pair of shoes. Most of my climbing friends in CO only own shoes, chalk bag and a harness. I would highly suggest buying that gear first and bouldering for awhile, hitting the local crags, bumming other peoples gear to toprope before dropping the rest of the cash for your own stuff.

Hell to start you just need shoes and chalk! You can get a harness later.
And climbing does leave one with the greatest sense of accomplishment I have ever felt from ANY sport. There is no teamwork, nothing anyone else can do to push you up that cold unforgiving rock. Just you and your awareness of the wall.
Good luck man. Let me know how the crags are down there!

^my first boulder summit 3 1/2 years ago. a 30 foot rock in Estes Park, CO. I would never reccomend free climbing higher than 15-20 feet though. It gets a might bit um dangerous!
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Thanks heaps for the info Jake!!

I was at the pub on friday night and starting talking to this guy that i used to do kickboxing with. I asked him what he has been up to and he said that he's been doing a heap of rock climbing and is trying to start a club in my town......quite a convenient coincidence

Oh, and what is toproping
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(Restarting this topic because i love climbing and you should too)

Top roping is when you climb with the rope anchored at the top, rather than leading and belaying from the bottom.


just out of interest who uses chalk? does any one else find that you can become to dependant on it?


These are the shoes my sister got me for christmas
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I use alot of chalk, it started at the indoor gym in Oz, where the holds get really greasy and sweaty (esp in summer) and now even in Scotland I use a fair amount of chalk (not that i've been able to climb for 2 1/2 months due to injury
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MEC does a nice little starter kit for $80 Can,

no ropes though
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MEC does a nice little starter kit for $80 Can,

no ropes though
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What do you get? shoes, harness, chalk, gear?
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Harness, Chalk, Chalk bag, ATC, Beaner.

I bought my shoes separately for $100

and I do indoor so I'm fairly set for now
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Man, i posted that original post almost a year ago and it is only now that i am buying all my gear, talk about a time waster. But, i guess it's better late than never.

So, this weekend i'm going down to the blue mountains to buy all my gear. Here's what I plan on getting:

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- Shoes
- Harness
- 4 or 5 beaners
- Belay device
- 50 metre rope
- A few 20 metre ropes for anchors

Depending on how the money situation looks i may also get:
- Helmet
- Chalk bag
- A couple of slings

So, is there anything else i need to get?? Can you guys recommend any specific brands or types of equipment that you have found to be particularly good?? I'm going to do some research online about the gear before i go, and i'm mates with the guys at the shop so they'll look after me, but it can't hurt to excercise all avenues of information. Anything that helps me sound like i know what i'm talking about is very much appreciated.

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I'd get webbing instead of rope for your anchors.

other than that you look good. You don't really need any slings since you just got a basic rack.
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Yeah, Jakes right, definantly go with webbing or slings instead of tat and rope.

If you haven't got boots alread the Red chili Spirit shoes are a good beginner shoes, as are some of the mad rocks - stay away from shoes which are a curved and look cool, theres no need for that kinda pain yet

You'll want to get a couple of lock gate 'biners D's and pear shape for things like your Belay plate, tying into belay positions and the like.
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make sure like rory said that the biners you get can lock. I prefer the quik-lock ones as they have been easier for me to use when I am working with rookies since they can't make them permenently lock.

Just about the worse thing that can happen when you are miles away from a wrench....

For you I would definitly go with a pair of mad rocks. They are cheap and pretty well known for being the best for their price.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Rozza @ Aug 31 2006, 11:17 AM) [snapback]137666[/snapback]</div>
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Yeah, Jakes right, definantly go with webbing or slings instead of tat and rope.

If you haven't got boots alread the Red chili Spirit shoes are a good beginner shoes, as are some of the mad rocks - stay away from shoes which are a curved and look cool, theres no need for that kinda pain yet

You'll want to get a couple of lock gate 'biners D's and pear shape for things like your Belay plate, tying into belay positions and the like.
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Kind of odd question, but maybe some of you know.

About the time I was 15 I tried to go to an indoor climbing place. I thought it would be a blast, but I ran into a problem. The problem was shoes. I wear a size 15 and in some forms of shoes, need a size 16. So about 10 years ago, nobody had these sizes in regular sneakers, never mind special stuff like climbing or bowling (they always made me play in my socks since they didn't have shoes big enough). So when I went rock climbing I ran into the same types of issues. They didn't have shoes anywhere near my size. I had to use my regular basketball sneakers. The toes wouldn't fit in or on any of those rock things on the walls and the toes could get no traction so they slipped off everytime.

I am wondering, do these shoes that they would be enting or what not finally come in bigger sizes now that it seems larger shoes are more common, or do climbing shoes still run small?

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you'd have to special order them from a company like

http://www.fiveten.com/
or
http://www.madrockclimbing.com/



and remember to order a half size smaller with some brands of climbing shoes. It makes them tight and uncomfortable but that's the way it has to be sometimes!
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(TheJake @ Aug 31 2006, 01:18 PM) [snapback]137691[/snapback]</div>
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you'd have to special order them from a company like

http://www.fiveten.com/
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http://www.madrockclimbing.com/
and remember to order a half size smaller with some brands of climbing shoes. It makes them tight and uncomfortable but that's the way it has to be sometimes!
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Thats part of the problem. I would hate to buy the shoes and then go and find out I wasn't as into it as I thought. Maybe I will call around to some of the rock climbing places and see waht size shoes they go up to. Stupid big feet.

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Well, i bought all my gear for top roping on the weekend, it ended up costing a bit more than i thought it would, but i'm set up now so i'm happy. Here's what i got:

- Black Diamond Momentum harness ($130)
- Black Diamond Half Dome helmet ($100)
- montrail Gryptonite shoes ($170)
- 4 carabiners ($100)
- Black Diamond belay device ($35)
- 60m 10mm dynamic rope ($230)
- 28m 9mm static anchor rope ($90)
- 20m 9mm static anchor rope ($65)
- 2 rope protectors ($20)
- 0.5m length of 5mm prussick cord ($5)

Total = $945

Luckily, i know the girl at the shop so they gave me a $200 discount, so it ended up costing $750. But still, that's a fair hit to the good old credit card.

I could have bought cheaper shoes, but none of them seemed to fit me right, but that could just be because i'm not used to climbing shoes.

I looked at webbing for anchors, but i've been taught to set up anchors using ropes so i decided to stick with what i know.

I used all the gear on the weekend and am stoked with it!
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i think u did well on the rope.
we had Au$400 for a 50 m rope.
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So i've just got my first bouldering mat, and Wow my back, knees and ankles have never felt better, and with the added psychology of a mat, i'm bouldering twice as hard as before, Kick ass
apart from the other day when we went some coastal slabs and i started bouldering, then that turned to a highball then into a solo, down climbing 30m sucks ass
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Added a set of 10 nuts and 7 hexs to my rack today...$380 later...damn . But, I do look slightly cooler now, and that's what climbing is all about :D
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true story. I just realized you bought rope for your anchor... How's that working out?

Webbing is so cheap here I think it's all anyone uses for anchoring
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