First Climbing Trip Experience Challenge

Recently I was thinking about going to a first climbing trip gym, but then it occurred to me that I don’t know how to climb. So, if you could help me out with some tips on what I should do first, that would be great!

First Climbing Trip.

I have never been to a climbing gym for my first climbing trip experience. Considering I live in Portland, Oregon, this is shocking. Not only do I have access to some of the best outdoor climbing areas in the world (Smith Rock), but also one of the best indoor gyms as well (Full Sail).

It was my friend Evan’s birthday and he and I decided to go climbing trip for his present. We went with our good friend John, who had been wanting to take his girlfriend, Claire, to her first climbing trip ever for quite some time now. We decided that we would all go together as she had never been either, so it made sense since we were both newbies!

We started off by going through some warm-up exercises at a bouldering wall which is basically a smaller version of what you see at an indoor rock gym that allows you only to use holds on the wall itself rather than needing ropes or harnesses attached around your waist like when top roping outdoors or lead climbing indoors or outdoors respectively.

The nearest climbing gym is 3 hours away or 1.5 hours away depending on which one I decide to go to, but there’s a pool 3 miles away.

What is the nearest climbing gym to me?

A friend of mine wants a partner at the bouldering gym 2 hours away on certain days, but it might not be enough.

  • Distance from my house to the nearest climbing gym: 3 hours or 1.5 hours depending on which one I decide to go to.
  • Distance from my house to the nearest pool: 3 miles.

How often do I want to go to the first climbing trip gym? Once a week, twice a month, etc.

Travel way for a class.

I would be willing to travel up to 1.5 hours each way for a class if needed. The reason I say this is because I have already travelled all over the country and have been out of the state more than once. I also have experience traveling overseas, so going farther than an hour would not be an issue for me at all. If there was a class within the same city that would be ideal, but if it was another city or state, I could do that as well. There are planes and trains available for transportation as well as Uber rides which make it easy travel longer distances on short notice and at reasonable rates (if necessary).

If it helps my flexibility, I could attend an online yoga class or use an app for it if you think that would help me too.

  • If it helps my flexibility, I could attend an online yoga class or use an app for it if you think that would help me too.
  • If you feel like I need more help with my strength, we can go to a gym and sign up for a membership together.
  • You can also find some great workouts on YouTube that have been created by other people!


Thanks for taking the time to read through this challenge and helping me out! I hope that your response helps me on my journey to becoming a better climber.