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The lower half of a climber wearing a harness in an outdoor climbing setting with two ropes ties with a figure 8 knot and stopper knots

Starting Climbing – What do I need to learn?

To climb indoors using ropes (as opposed to bouldering) you will generally learn to do a number of things to stay safe.  Here are some of the things we think you'll need to know**:

How to:

  • Put on a harness correctly.
  • Identify when a harness is being worn incorrectly or is not put together properly (i.e upside down).
  • Identify the different parts of a harness and what they are used for (for example, being able to differentiate between your gear loops and belay loop).
  • Tie yourself into your harness correctly every time – usually using a figure of 8 knot with a stopper knot.
  • Identify when a figure of 8 knot is tied incorrectly (on a partner or on yourself).
  • Identify when a stopper knot is incorrect.
  • Be able to belay your partner on a top-rope setup correctly using different types of belay device/ ATC/ Belay Plate/grigri.
  • Know how, why and when to use a sandbag.
  • Hold falls from you partner on a top rope, when the fall isn’t expected.
  • Take falls on a top rope, as the climber.
  • Communicate using the correct terminology, so that you are understood by any climbing partner, even someone you don’t know.
  • Understand why good communication is important when climbing.

This list isn’t exhaustive and there may be other things that you need to learn, so check with an instructor if you are unsure of anything.  This article is aimed at helping women who are starting climbing or who want to start climbing and are not sure how or what they should know to stay as sat as possible.

**Climbing can be a dangerous activity.  The information contained herein does not constitue professional advice.  You are responsible for your actions.  Visitors who use this website and rely on any information do so at their own risk.  We are not responsible for the contents or reliability of any other websites to which we provide a link and do not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them.

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