Gahh your blog is fueling me! I've only lead one easy trad climb and followed many multi-pitches,but eventually I want to make the full transition to trad climbing, build my rack, and work on a stable self-reliance. You're a seasoned (&Filipino!) climber that I'm looking up to :) Also loved those NJC photos! I had my first leads there.
awesome! If I could give any advice.
Just get out there and experience it more.
Follow up a lot, climb often. Once you find a stable partner; they know how you climb, you know your partner’s capabilities (make sure they are experienced).
Read “Rock Climbing Anchors” - A comprehensive guide by Mountaineers outdoor expert series.
Play around with gear, on the ground or on top rope.
Try out a mock lead, then a full on lead if your mentally and physically able.
Once you know your in love! Start building up your rack slowly, or save up and get everything you need once you find a good deal!
What's been your least favourite send so far, any why?
I love climbing in all its forms, so I cant really pinpoint a climb that was my least favorite. Even climbs where I get injured I like, for some reason it makes me love that climb even more. That climb generates a growing desire to come back later, and own up to it.
If I could answer this question in an possible way, I guess I would favor less challenging climbs (i.e. warmups) than those overwhelming satisfying and accomplishing hard projects.
For bouldering technical moves and small holds on a steep vert face is what I thrive for. Trad I still love cruiser jams on a fully exposed multipitch. Sport varies, but I like sport in which it provides long climbing length with a variety of moves and styles. So I appreciate the fun single moves on sport routes.
You inspired me to rock climb. I've wanted to do this since I saw your first video. But I'm going to start this month. Any advice for a beginner? :)
go to a local indoor rock climbing gym with a friend! If you really do like it, talk to people make friends in the gym and they will teach you. (most) climbers are friendly. Dont worry about it feeling suuuuper hard the first time!
Climbing for beginners is a cognitive stage (learning new movements for the first times), that quickly moves to —> motor stage (getting used to & learning climbing techniques) ->autonomous stage (movement happens naturally, clean and fluid climbing techniques/skills)