I am 16 and super stoked on climbing. I've climbed outside quite a few times with other people, but I have mostly been climbing in the gym for the past couple of months. I really want to start climbing outside more, but the pro is so expensive. Does anybody have some cams or nuts for sale or know where I can get a good deal?
If you do, make sure to do your due diligence. Double check they're a legit seller. Check their profile that they didn't signup yesterday. Don't pay Friends and Family. Ask questions before buying and use common sense to not get taken for a fool etc.
Keep an eye out for sales at the usual retailers. Campsaver, Backcountry, REI, STP etc. And use Active Junky to get money back on top of sales too. Sign up for and find coupons online. Here, have $10 on me: https://www.activejunky.com/invite/162457 (I get $10 too.)
Hookup with a local partner that's got their head on square. Climb with their gear and find out what you like or don't like of the types of gear they have so you can see what you want to buy and what not to.
Also don't buy cheaper hardware to begin with. Save up for nicer quality stuff. Cheaper to buy once then going cheap and upgrading later.