…it’s a standard dilemma. There will be several articles on the Boardroom website that deal with shoes at a later date, but for now check out the video below on choosing climbing shoes and look out for the upcoming articles. You can also speak to staff who will be able to point you in the right direction. Shoes are one of the biggest decisions you can make when starting out as a climber – better to get it right the first time!
Shoes are one of the biggest decisions you can make when starting out as a climber
One final hurdle that loads of climbers struggle with is another mental one, like fear. Unless you’re very very lucky, you will feel like your climbing improves slowly, in fits and starts. It’s sometimes referred to as reaching a plateau. In fact, that probably isn’t happening at all, especially when you start out. But the problem is that with climbing it can be quite difficult to tell how you’re doing. For example, you might be able to ace a V4 on a slab after a year of climbing, because your ninja footwork makes that stuff easy. But after another year of climbing regularly, you might fall off a V4 in the overhang repeatedly, because you haven’t yet sculpted your Superman biceps.
This happens to everyone – it doesn’t mean you haven’t improved in a year. Climbing is a unique activity because all the movements are so individual – it’s easy to find things that will challenge you, because there are so many different things to try. And worry not – the Boardroom is here to help. There are coaching sessions, both free and paid for, that can help you work on areas where you’re struggling, and if you really feel like you need a boost, training programs as well. Mainly though, the key is to stick at it, and you’ll soon see the numbers you can climb creeping up.