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post #1 of 51 (permalink) Old 07-22-2010, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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What do I need to start climbing? Just walls to start, then maybe do some boulbers later. Are there other places to climb other than in those expensive healthclubs(i.e. lifetime)?
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chills can answer all your questions, he's out of town at the moment though.

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First things you'll probably want to get are your own shoes, harness and chalk bag.

If you go indoors you will end up renting this stuff, and if you go with people outdoors the people you go with will have the rest of the gear.

I think there is some talk of CLSB climbing trip down to the Red River Gorge in KY.

There are also a few places within a couple hours drive from here. Devils Lake in WI, Mississippi Palisades in IL on the river and Pictured Rock Park in IA.


I'd be down for a day trip or overnight trip to IA.
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that's a good start. shoes, harness. chalk, meh. never climbed with chalk. some indoor clubs require you to wear a helmet, which you can probably rent too. whenever i climb, i've used my helmet... safety, ya know, like riding your bike without protection. it would probably help to pick up and be familiar with a belay device. not all indoor gyms have a hydraulic belay, so when you're not climbing, you'll most likely be belaying your partner.

devils lake is always alot of fun and not far from chicago. wheeler's campground is minutes away from the bluffs, and dairlyland expeditions runs a guide/climb school operation out of there. great guides, and they'll take you through everything from knots to toprope anchors and stuff.

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I could have sworn there was a place in the south burbs called climb on. Some where around 127th and cicero. I had a friend of a friend that used to climb there all the time. Just googled it. http://www.climbon.net/ they have a whole section of there site about getting started.
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What do I need to start climbing? Just walls to start, then maybe do some boulbers later. Are there other places to climb other than in those expensive healthclubs(i.e. lifetime)?
Most places don't really require much as most gyms allow you to rent equipment. Shoes are something I would recommend you buy first but in reality unless you plan on really getting into it, I wouldn't buy any gear just yet. I could talk for hours about the different types of gear to buy just for gym climbing but its easier to just say rent at first and see what you like and don't like. Also ... Ideally you wouldn't have to pay a certification fee ... but that usually isn't the case, as most places require it. That fee will definitely range but is usually around $20. And it won't matter if it is an expensive health club or not.

There are tons of gyms around the city with very different designs. PM me for more info, I used to teach and compete ...


Hidden Peak is pretty fun, but VE is one of my favorites of course. (chills on the board would be the one to talk to about VE discounts)
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i've climbed at vertical endeavors. i was (and still am) a total newb, and the guys there were great about getting me set up. they provided the initial instruction and didn't even laugh as i attempted by first pathetic climb. i agree with jrobbins...just rent the shoes, harness, and chalk bag for now.

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I was thinking of trying this out too. I'll talk to Chills when he gets back and set something up. He works part time at a place called VA I think. We should head down there on a Saturday or something and try it out.

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I was thinking of trying this out too. I'll talk to Chills when he gets back and set something up. He works part time at a place called VA I think. We should head down there on a Saturday or something and try it out.
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Chills works at the VE (Vertical Endeavors) at the Lifetime on Diehl Rd. in Naperville. Most of the time it seems like people meet there on Thursday nights.

Oh, and rental climbing shoes?
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I agree with most of the comments above. Been climbing for about 4 years.... used to climb outdoors in Virginia/West Virginia a lot, but now that we live in the flatlands, I've taken my advantures to Cimbon, in Homewood. Start by going indoors, start with the beginners pair of shoes as you will go through them quickly. So if you wanna learn the ropes, let me know, I can show you the basics, or shoot a quick PM and I can give you more details.

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Hey Glenn, come see me at Vertical Endeavors. I work there as an instructor and can help you get started.

Basically come in with $25, that'll get you an all-day pass, rental harnes, shoes and chalk bag. We'll give you an orientation and you can climb on your own with our auto-belay systems.

If you like it take our Basic Safety class (I teach this one on Mondays). It covers safety, equipment, basic climbing, knots, and proper belay techniques.

Climbing inside is just training to climb on rock. As mentioned Devil's Lake is the closest place to climb. I used to go there but I don't anymore. The rock is granite, a little slippery, and you can only climb trad or top-rope. I prefer sport lead, which is why I (and all my climber friends) head to Red River Gorge, KY, a couple of times a month. The rock there is sandstone, very grippy, and the area is HUGE. So many different crags to hit. Trips to the Red are tons of fun, even if you're brand-new to climbing.

I'm climbing tonight, teaching tomorrow, climbing Thursday, and probably climbing Saturday too (all at the climbing wall). Shoot me a PM and I'll give you my contact info.


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I think there is some talk of CLSB climbing trip down to the Red River Gorge in KY.
No kidding? I've been off the board for a couple of weeks and haven't seen anything about this. I'd be up for taking some gumbies down to the Red.

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When are you coming back to the wall? Consider it good cross-training.

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When are you coming back to the wall? Consider it good cross-training.
Prolly over the winter now. I can't stand doing things indoors while it's nice outside.

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95+ degrees isn't "nice." That's the perfect time to be inside climbing.

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95+ degrees isn't "nice." That's the perfect time to be inside climbing.
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Hey guys are we still going Thursday?

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You all are coming to VE on Thursday?

NOTE: For everyone going to Vertical Endeavors there is a new sign-in policy. Lifetime Fitness has been VERY strict and sometimes rude to the climbers, especially about paperwork. So before you come download this waiver, fill it out, and bring 2 copies:

http://www.verticalendeavors.com/sha...ual-waiver.pdf

If anyone has any trouble at the Lifetime front desk call us at VE, we'll come get ya.

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When the hell did we decide on Thursday? I'm out for Thursday since I still have a limp. Probably in the next couple of weeks I'll go.

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When the hell did we decide on Thursday? I'm out for Thursday since I still have a limp. Probably in the next couple of weeks I'll go.
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I know I said this last year about this time, but this is winter I will take you up on that climbing offer Chris.
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When the hell did we decide on Thursday? I'm out for Thursday since I still have a limp. Probably in the next couple of weeks I'll go.
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I know I said this last year about this time, but this is winter I will take you up on that climbing offer Chris.
Good. You should bring the little one, too. We have harnesses for his size; he'd probably get a kick out of it.



Jon, Kristen, let me talk to the facility manager and see if I can get a group discount. If we can get 10 CLSBers to commit to come in I think I can get a group rate for everyone.

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My ninja skills are getting rusty. I might be up for a couple of refesher lessons.
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Hey Glenn, come see me at Vertical Endeavors. I work there as an instructor and can help you get started.

Basically come in with $25, that'll get you an all-day pass, rental harnes, shoes and chalk bag. We'll give you an orientation and you can climb on your own with our auto-belay systems.

If you like it take our Basic Safety class (I teach this one on Mondays). It covers safety, equipment, basic climbing, knots, and proper belay techniques.

Climbing inside is just training to climb on rock. As mentioned Devil's Lake is the closest place to climb. I used to go there but I don't anymore. The rock is granite, a little slippery, and you can only climb trad or top-rope. I prefer sport lead, which is why I (and all my climber friends) head to Red River Gorge, KY, a couple of times a month. The rock there is sandstone, very grippy, and the area is HUGE. So many different crags to hit. Trips to the Red are tons of fun, even if you're brand-new to climbing.

I'm climbing tonight, teaching tomorrow, climbing Thursday, and probably climbing Saturday too (all at the climbing wall). Shoot me a PM and I'll give you my contact info.

PERFECT. Hunny, Jess and I are coming down Thursday. We'll also plan on taking one of your classes. PM me your info pls.
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awww no you di'n't. now gotta go all ninja on your ass

heyy chills... that's up in warrenville? used to climb at indoor summits, then went to VI for a while. i wonder if i'm still belay-certified...

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