Not very nice saying someone is a joke. I am in the market for some new shoes and wanted to see if anyone here had mentioned shoes lately so ran my program that finds anything to do with it and this was the first ‘hit’.
First rule - you don’t want to go overly tight with your first pair. They need to be tighter than you would go for with trainers, but not so tight that you want to take them off every 5 minutes. Some climbers selling you shoes will try to make you go super tight - don’t listen to them - that’s not needed until you’re using teeny tiny footholds. Try to buy from somewhere you can have a practice climb.
These are a classic entry shoe
As are these
Maybe. I’ve been climbing for 5 years now. My fear of heights has definitely improved during that time (it’s not gone completely though!). The main thing to do is to practice falling safely. Whenever I’m trying a hard move relatively high off the ground, I’ll practice falling safely from it before committing, particularly outdoors, but I’ll do this indoors occasionally as well if I know my head is getting the better of me.
I am much less scared bouldering than climbing on ropes, but that’s mainly because 95% of my climbing is bouldering. Conversely, my wife is really fearless on ropes but can’t get her head around bouldering.
Depends how hard you work at it
Climbing itself is a terrific workout - better still, it’s fun so (unless you’re actually doing specific training) it doesn’t feel like, say, going to the gym.
Which centre(s) have you been to? Let me know if you ever fancy a DiS climb
Hard to recommend climbing shoes as they’re so many out there and how they fit is 100% the most important factor.
You see the same brands in most places and they’re all decent, just find some shoes that fit your feet (and your budget). No way you need to be paying more than £60. Also, don’t be seduced in to buying some super hardcore shoe that you think will make you climb better: it won’t.
I was thinking around the £60 mark would be about right. I’ll have to find a shop I can go to and try them out as I don’t just wanna order online.
I have been to the Castle to do like a day thing where I did bouldering and the rope stuff and abseiling. My boyfriend used to be into it and he wants to get back to it too so it’ll be good for us to go during winter as we’re trying to give up booze more now and want to have something other than just sitting indoors. I’m not sure where else we can go in North London as don’t think there are other places?
Defo up for a DiS climb when i’m into it and better at it! I’ve met you before haven’t I? We were sitting next to each other at Sufjan? (or was that someone else)
tbh I don’t think i’ll ever be confident doing ropes and crazy shit like that but I want to build up my core and sort out my arms. I get all my other stuff from my HIIT workouts and running but I can’t seem to properly tone up or want to bother. I like that is fun and you don’t think it’s exercising. A little (kind of) climbing on holiday inspired us to do it more.