Five steps to start climbing

Posted by Will Harris on 07/05/2014
Credit: Alex Messenger

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:


We want to say a big thanks to every BMC member who continues to support us through the Coronavirus crisis.

From weekly Facebook Lives and GB Climbing home training videos, to our access team working to re-open the crags and fight for your mountain access, we couldn’t do it without you.

Did you know that we've just launched a new U27 membership offer for just £1 / month? And with full membership from £1.66 / month, it's never been easier to join and support our work: 

https://www.thebmc.co.uk/join-the-bmc-for-1-month-U27-membership


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