Starting out in women's climbing

Starting out in women's climbing

Libby Peter explodes a few myths about women climbing and talks about the reality and practicalities of trying climbing for first timers.

More and more women are now climbing as a leisure activity. That's not so surprising, as there are no good reasons for women not to enjoy climbing as much as men.

Myths dispelled

  • You do not need bulging muscles to be able to climb.
  • You do not need the mentality of an SAS soldier, just a cool head at times.
  • You do not need a whole pile of expensive equipment to start out.
  • You do not need to go out in the wind and the rain - there are indoor walls and accessible sun rock venues.
Realities
  • Women use footwork and technique to compensate for strength.
  • There are nearly as many women as men using climbing walls.
  • Climbing is an excellent way to stay fit and healthy.
  • Climbing is exciting and great fun.
Practicalities
  • Most indoor climbing walls have taster sessions for you to see if you like climbing.
  • You can hire all the equipment you need to start.
  • Climbing walls and outdoor centres run short outdoor courses for you to have a go and learn the basics in safety.
  • The British Mountaineering Council (BMC), climbing magazines and Club section of this website will have details of clubs in your area many of which encourage beginners.

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