With more and more indoor climbing centres and outdoor areas opening up you don’t need to live near cliffs and mountains to get involved. From indoor bouldering to outdoor lead climbing, it’s a fun but challenging way to get fit.
This guide has everything you need to learn the lingo, gear up, and get started.
Indoor bouldering offers close to the ground climbing heights of about 3-4 metres, allowing you to quickly climb down or jump if needed. This means you don’t need technical equipment or knowledge like climbing ropes and harnesses, just you, your climbing shoes, and ideally a chalk bag.
You also don’t need a climbing partner to start with. Bouldering in particular is a very sociable sport so you’ll soon find other climbers striking up conversation or giving you tips on how to solve a route if you get stuck.
Winter mountaineering can mean anything from hillwalking to technical climbing, and the footwear and equipment requirements are different for every activity.
Scottish winter weather can vary in the space of a single day, so always be prepared for the worst.
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