Fancy giving climbing a go but don't know where to start? Follow these five easy steps to kick off a lifetime of vertical adventures where you'll make new friends and massively expand your horizons.
1. Hit the wall
Climbing walls provide a safe and friendly environment in which to start climbing, offering gear hire and introductory courses teaching important safety skills. You can find a wall near you here.
WATCH our Indoor climbing skills playlist on BMC TV:
2. Take a course
Ready to take the next step and head outside? Take a course with a qualified instructor to learn how to safely climb on real rock. Find a BMC subsidised outdoor climbing course near you.
3. Join a club
So you’ve got some basic skills and want to find other people to share your new-found passion for the outdoors with. Why not join a climbing club?
4. Get psyched
Check out inspiring videos on the BMC TV channel. It’s also a great place to find advice on a wide range of climbing skills.
Watch Rad Days on BMC TV:
5. Take the next step
In such a diverse sport there is always something new to try. Fancy a bit of ice climbing, or always dreamed of scaling an Alpine giant? The possibilities are endless.
Our free booklet New Rock Climbers will also set you up with the essential know how for climbing outdoors.
If you ever have an incident requiring outside assistance then know who to call for help.
WATCH our Trad climbing skills playlist on BMC TV:
Don't want to miss out on the climbing competition action? Whether you're a competitor, spectator or volunteer, sign up to the climbing calendar mailing list to get reminders for comp registrations, and start times here.
JOIN THE BMC: Save 50% on your first year's membership
The BMC works for indoor climbers like you. Benefits include:
Access to BMC Travel Insurance
Register for Mountain Training award schemes
£10m worldwide Combined Liability insurance
£10,000 Personal Accident insurance
Discounted entry to many competitions
Find out more about BMC membership benefits
WATCH: Molly Thompson-Smith: Portrait of a Champion on BMC TV
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Find all upcoming competitions here.
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