New to Rockclimbing? Here’s What You Need to Know

Rockclimbing used to be one of the activities we looked forward to at summer camp. Looking back, those walls seemed easy compared to the ones at bouldering studios. Tackling rock climbing walls can be intimidating at first, but it’s a great workout that you should definitely try. Here’s what you should know before you head out rockclimbing.

Full-Body Workout

Rockclimbing is a cardio and strength workout and reaching the top has a lot to do with form and targeting the right muscles. Instead of focusing on your arms and shoulders to get you up, it’s your legs that will help you climb. Your arms are meant to help you balance.

Start With a Professional

If you’re new to rockclimbing, start by taking an intro to rock climbing class at a bouldering studio, and if you’re heading outdoors, find a certified guide. A guide will help you pick out the best cliffs, guide you through routes, handle your gear, and instruct you as you climb.

Indoor vs. Outdoor

It’s best to start indoors in controlled setting that have predetermined routes for getting up the wall. When you start to get the hang of things, you can do more challenging routes. For outdoor climbing, you are climbing on a natural rock cliff so it’s scarier and less predictable due to rock slippage and weather changes. They’re also usually taller than indoor walls, which will really test your endurance.


You can rent all of your equipment, and for indoor walls you’ll need less of it. All you’ll need is a harness, shoes, chalk bag, and belay system and for outdoor climbing, you’ll also need a helmet.