Gear Question

Looking to get into actual climbing this...

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Looking to get into actual climbing this spring, and yes I am a total beginner as far as equipment and technique goes... I want to start putting together my kit (and also suggestions for the kit of my soon to be climbing buddy) and was wondering if this is a worthy first piece to add to the repertoire from day one.

Safe to say my experience level is 0.. I mean scramble sometimes while hiking, but that's nothing.

My buddy is less experienced than me (outdoors wise) but totally excited to get involved.

So self locking piqued my interest considering we are noobs.. We will be top-roping likely, if this info helps. Thanks!

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I think you should take some courses and read allot of books, start with mountaineering freedom of the hills and hang out with some experienced climbers. Just to make sure you know what you're doing. Belaying isn't difficult but getting it wrong is fatal.

All this being said, I'd start with an ATC so you can't be complacent when you use it.

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Been looking for lots of material to read, thanks for the recommendation. And our aim was to start around Great Falls, VA, where a lot of more experienced guys than us climb.. and have them show us the ropes so to speak... Good point on the ATC too, will look into it. Thanks

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This really is a great piece, but like Chris suggested, if you're just starting out, an ATC of any brand will be far less expensive and teach you better belaying skills. I've been climbing for nearly ten years and will only use this device in very specific circumstances - the control an ATC can provide, as long as one is attentive, is exceptionally greater than something like this.

I also second Freedom of the Hills as a book recommendation!

Hope this helps.

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Hey Phillip, I climb at great falls a pretty decent ammount. You should look into the PATC-MS we climb there allot to and would be a great group to link up with them to learn. http://www.potomacmountainclub.org/

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Hey Phillip, I climb at great falls a pretty decent ammount. You should look into the PATC-MS we climb there allot to and would be a great group to link up with them to learn. http://www.potomacmountainclub.org/