First time going to climbing gym

  • Latenight30

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    Jul 19, 2011 1:10 PM GMT
    Hey
    I am going to a climbing gym for the first time today and wanted to know about proper dress.
    I wear a jock to work out in. I hike in technical clothing, but climbing, whats good? what is bad?
    I guess loose fitting shirts that provide a lot of movement,
    a jock and comfortable shorts to keep things in place but not constricted?
    I like to be prepared because it's something I'd really like to keep doing and want to have a good time.
    Thank you!
  • Eric_the_Red

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    Jul 19, 2011 3:53 PM GMT
    Any cloth that lets you get your full range of movement is fine. Though having something that is form fitting like compression shorts and shirt are nice. I once had a pocket of my shorts catch when heel hooking an overhang. Probably unlikely to happen especially when first starting out. But people wear a wide variety of outfits. Really no proper dress if it works for you.
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    Jul 19, 2011 4:30 PM GMT
    I usually wear a T-shirt, tank tops, loose fitting cargo shorts or mesh basketball shorts depending on the type of climbing I'm doing. The main thing to keep in mind is to wear something comfortable that won't hinder your movement.

    Underwear-
    A jockstrap or a good pair of briefs is a great idea if your junk has a tendency to shift around a lot. The climbing harnesses can pinch you if things aren't properly secured and is why I avoid going commando or wearing boxers at all costs. There is nothing quite as embarrassing as going for a high foothold and having everyone hear your boxers rip or hearing you yelp when your boys get pinched lol.

    Shorts-
    If I'm going to be in a harness tied into the wall I prefer to wear loose fitting cargo shorts because they don't have the tendency to ride up or bunch up like mesh basketball shorts and I can keep my phone, membership card and cash on me since my climbing gym doesn't have lockers. It's generally a good idea to not have anything in your pockets. Unsecured pockets might allow their contents to fall out and hit someone below you or if you happen to lose your hold on the wall the items in them could hurt you (imagine a ball of keys getting smashed between your thigh and the wall). On nights that I plan on bouldering (climbing without a harness) I climb with basketball shorts since I'm more inclined to spread myself out on the wall a bit more without the harness.

    Shirts-
    Tank tops or a form fitting t-shirt are fine. The facility I climb at isn't air conditioned and in the spring/summer time most of the guys climb shirtless once they start to get sweaty.


    Good Luck and Have Fun!
  • Latenight30

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    Jul 20, 2011 2:58 AM GMT
    Guys it was so much fun. It kicked my ass but damn I loved it. So mental and physical.
    Will go back.
    Out fit-
    Technical shirt
    Jock
    Hiking shorts (cargo style)
    Shirt was probably a bit too fitting needed more range in my shoulders.
    Probably would have been happier in a muscle shirt or tank.
  • mybud

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    Jul 20, 2011 3:38 AM GMT
    A t-shirt...basketball length shorts
  • Latenight30

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    Aug 03, 2011 3:50 PM GMT
    2nd time
    Took my belay class will get tested on this next time and will be more comfortable.
    I have a friend who is wanting a lead climbing buddy. These are the guys who hang up side down and clip in along the way.
    Scary to look at but probably fun to do.
    BTW climbers come in all shapes and sizes. It really is a sport for everyone.
  • Latenight30

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    Aug 05, 2011 4:33 PM GMT
    Now I'm looking for advice on a good harness. Lots of guys seem to go the route of the Black Diamond Momentum.
    How about fit? Anything to specifically look for? Is it worth it to have your own or is using the gyms fine?
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    Aug 05, 2011 4:50 PM GMT
    its worth it to have your own. trust me.
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    Aug 05, 2011 4:57 PM GMT
    I use a Petzl Sama. If the gym sells gear they should let you have some time to try it out. I would strongly suggest that you do play around with the feel of everything BEFORE you purchase anything.

    Specifically with a harness, try it on and sit in it (connected to a rope) for a bit and evaluate how it feels. Then take some controlled falls and have some more evaluation time. Make sure that you have something that you find comfortable enough.

    Have fun!
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    Aug 05, 2011 4:58 PM GMT
    For the harness go to a store that has many for you to try and try each one on. Depending on what you are doing and your build different harnesses will feel better and work better. I prefer having one loop that the rope goes through when you are tying in, others prefer the double. Also if you plan to get more muscular/gain weight/bulk up then take that into consideration as well, that way you can one that will give you room to grow.

  • Latenight30

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    Aug 31, 2011 1:25 PM GMT
    I took my partner last night and he did a Belay Class and has really fallen for the sport of indoor climbing. If you haven't tried it, it's usually a cheap activity and if you like it, it's a fairly low cost investment. It will test all your muscles and your mind. It is also, since this is a social site, a social activity.
    Climb On!
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    Sep 11, 2011 8:49 PM GMT
    I like to wear form fitting tank and compression shorts. Not for showing off but to keep clothing from getting caught on anything.
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    Sep 25, 2011 6:24 PM GMT
    Compression shorts under cargo shorts is probably good. However since you posted this in July it's probably Monday morning quarterbacking at this point. Ha ha ha ha.
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    Oct 08, 2011 4:45 AM GMT
    Has anyone noticed that a climbing harness, clipped onto a lat pull-down cable, with just the right counterweight... makes a pretty good "sling." Just saying.
  • Latenight30

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    Nov 30, 2011 5:43 PM GMT
    Have found that there is a huge Gay Climbing community in Atlanta.
    It's social, has good eye candy and you get a great work out.
    If you are looking for a sport and some socialization, give it a try.
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    Dec 26, 2011 8:51 AM GMT
    i just wear boxer briefs and comfy shorts and a tshirt that allows for movement.
    i've seen some guys at the gym i go to do it in skinny jeans too lol
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    Dec 29, 2011 12:52 PM GMT
    jocks_and_socks saidi just wear boxer briefs and comfy shorts and a tshirt that allows for movement.
    i've seen some guys at the gym i go to do it in skinny jeans too lol


    I've seen that too... I don't get it, doesn't seem like you would get much maneuverability, they seem to do ok tho.

    I just wear a t-shirt and some cut off sweatpants to protect my knees.
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    Jan 25, 2014 3:05 AM GMT
    I'm been to rock climbing gym many times, but my man wants me to go rock climbing on mountains with him, i'm afraid lol
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    Sep 05, 2015 7:18 AM GMT
    I am planning to give it a try again. Since I am new in this town (Houston) will have to find a rock climbing gym here.. Unless any of RJ members can recommend one.