Climbing can be enjoyed on many levels. At its most spontaneous and basic, just footwear is required. On the other hand, in cold and remote locations a range of equipment and clothing is essential just for survival. It’s difficult separating the essentials from the luxuries, and impartial advice is hard to find.
Which is why we’re running a four-part series on learning to climb, your guide to the early learning stages of this mysterious and varied world. Here in part one we tackle indoor walls, then later issues will cover the progression onto crags and mountains, basking in summer sun and wrapping up for the ephemeral delights of winter climbing, at home and further abroad.
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