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The best advice I ever heard...


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Jake W · · Provo, UT · Joined Aug 2017 · Points: 0

Starting to get serious about climbing, but need some advice. What is the best advice anyone ever have you about climbing, improvement, or life in general? 

C Archibolt · · Salt Lake City, UT · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 871

“When you climb, climb. When you rest, rest.” -Arno Ilgner 

Hobo Greg · · My Van · Joined Mar 2016 · Points: 165

In regards to placing gear, and how much to bring: Don't waste any bullets.

M Jarmland · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 0

Keep it simple. Less is more. Light is right.

All excellent advice that I was probably told early on. However, I didn't really get it until I had made my own mistakes and suffered from them. 

bearded sam · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2011 · Points: 145

silent feet. This makes you think about your foot placement and become more precise. 

LLubchenco · · glenwood Springs, CO · Joined Oct 2013 · Points: 25

If you're placing 2's you don't need toos... 

In reference to the fact that you have 2 connected to your body and are what we commonly refer to as hands. 

· · Unknown Hometown · Joined unknown · Points: 0

Read rock climbing accident reports so you can learn from other peoples mistakes, or misfortune. 

Daniel Howe · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2017 · Points: 0

Often times we get stuck and it is difficult to go higher, sometimes it is because the hands are where the feet need to be.  

Chris C. · · Seattle, WA · Joined Mar 2016 · Points: 337

It’s all about foot placement. 

ErikaNW · · Golden, CO · Joined Sep 2010 · Points: 145

Don’t get too hung up on grades. Enjoy the process.

jay2718 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2009 · Points: 5

Its easy to climb 30 years and die of old age. What is hard is surviving the first two or three years.

JCM · · Seattle, WA · Joined Jun 2008 · Points: 95

Climb at as many different areas and in as many different styles as possible. Travel to new crags. Climb with a variety of partners. You'll have more fun and learn more by trying new things.

Nick Thomas · · Fargo, ND · Joined Nov 2016 · Points: 35

There’s nothing wrong with climbing with other beginners, but seek out climbing partners who are better and smarter than you.  They’ll teach you how to become better technique wise without creating bad habits, and more importantly how to be safe outdoors.  Most climbers I know are pretty chill and would have no problem mentoring a beginning climber.

Brian Abram · · Celo, NC · Joined Oct 2007 · Points: 478

Nearly everyone you'll talk to online has an intermediate level of skill and knowledge at best. The most prolific posters, the names you recognize as contributing repeatedly to all kinds of threads, tend to be here:

Let that help you value their advice

Michael S. Catlett · · Middleburg, VA · Joined Oct 2014 · Points: 175

Trad and alpine climbing requires a long apprenticeship. Serve it greatfully and you may live and climb for a long while.

Climb quiet, and touch your feet and hands just once on each move.

Climb the climb and not the grade.

notmyname · · Sandy, UT · Joined Apr 2007 · Points: 65

#1 Grades don't mean shit

#2 Climbing is not going to get you laid

#3 Climbing is intrinsically meaningless. Climb for yourself, not what you want other people to think. Being a good climber does not make you a better person.


I think #3 is becoming more important as the Outdoor Industry and Social Media metastasize their way into our sport more and more



cragmantoo · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2015 · Points: 175

Have fun (that's why most people climb)

Ryan U. · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 40

technique...technique...technique 


This will help keep you injury free.   Its all about the feet.  

notmyname · · Sandy, UT · Joined Apr 2007 · Points: 65
Brian Abram wrote:

Nearly everyone you'll talk to online has an intermediate level of skill and knowledge at best. The most prolific posters, the names you recognize as contributing repeatedly to all kinds of threads, tend to be here:

Let that help you value their advice

I think this theory used Mtn Proj as their main source of data 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger_effect

Benjamin Pontecorvo · · Seattle, WA · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 140

leave an hour earlier than you think

Hank Caylor · · Glenwood Springs, CO · Joined Dec 2003 · Points: 615

"If you want to climb harder at cracks, stop placing so much gear". Same with sport climbing, after halfway up the pitch, just clip 1 or 2 more draws to get to the chains.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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