Any of you guys rock climbers? Melody and I just got into it. We have been hitting indoor walls for the past several weeks (our gym has one we can do for free) and have really been enjoying it. They have lines that are ~5.8 through 5.13, so I figure it is pretty good training.
Everyone has been raving about Castlewood Canyon about an hour south of here. I was wondering if any of you guys ever head out there? I'm thinking about loading up on gear for Christmas and start heading out on the weekends we are not offroading/snowboarding (when it warms up a little).
It is not nearly as expensive as I remember to get into. I was sixteen when I use to climb down south.. I guess everything is expensive for a 16 year old.
Breakdown for those interested-
Climbing kit at REI (harness, carabiner, belay device, chalk bag, chalk) $90
My fiance and I like to climb. We haven't done too much outdoors, as we don't have the equipment or experience yet, but we hit the indoor gyms. There's a huge one on 92nd and Washington in Thornton that we like to go to.
It is relatively inexpensive though, which is a huge plus. She used to work at an outdoor store, so she got my harness and shoes for like $30, when it normally would have been about $120. I do need to go to REI or something and get some more stuff...my chalk bag is dead and I need a new one, and I need more carabiners and a new belay rig.
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There is a lot of safety you need to learn. Picking safe lines if you plan on dropping a rope down or if you plan on leading thats a whole slew of equipment and safety knowledge you'll need right there.
Haha.. It is my wife who is unexpereinced. I am very familiar with the safety procedures -granted, it has been 8 or 9 years.
I used to climb a lot. Never lead climbed, but don't really intend to. I'm all about some top rope though. That is all I have done, and what I am doing right now (inside). I have taken several safety courses, and will be taking them over again with my wife.
I want a little longer rope. thus the higher price. I have been watching the REI sales, that is where I got my price from. 70m+ ropes have been hard to find locally on the cheap.
I've been trying to get back into it. When I was growing up there was an 80' face right behind the house that my brother and I would climb on every day. Most of that was freeclimbing though. I haven't climbed in probably 10 years, and I don't have the equipment anymore. I actually asked for a gift certificate to REI for x-mas with the intention of buying new equipment, so we'll see what happens after that!