How to get started in the sport
Modern rock climbing is a complex game with many sub-divisions and specialities. Some climbers never get very far off the ground, preferring to search for the ultimate technical problem on boulders, and some who never set foot on real rock as they are happy to climb on man-made indoor walls.
There are safe bolted sport routes and adventure climbs; compared to years ago equipment is stronger, lighter and more versatile and the amount of information available today is far greater today than ever before.
In this section, our well-known experts explain that you don't need to spend a fortune or embark on an intense training programme to get started and progress to a decent standard.