4 Things Every Beginner Climber Should Know Before Their First Outdoor Climb


Picture this: You’ve spent countless hours climbing indoors getting your skills as sharp as you can. Now, you’re ready to take it to the next level—to finally climb outside—but you don’t know where to start.

There is a steep learning curve to go from indoor to outdoor climbing, but the incredible views make it oh-so worth it.

However, there are basics that every climber needs to know when visiting the crags, such as being conscious of the area, knowing where to stand or sit, spotting a climber, communicating, and knowing how to get down.

Juliana Petters tests her flexibility on a steep sport climb. Photo: Chris Van Leuven

Being Crag Conscious

Even before heading out, the first thing to do is become familiar with the area and routes so pick up a guidebook at your local shop or visit Mountain Project for beta. This way you know if the area…

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