Climbing indoors, where all the elements are controlled, is a blast. But there’s a whole world waiting to be explored outside. In a gym, you’ll never encounter the scenery you find by scaling high up a granite wall, nor the challenging, unpredictable grips Mother Nature delivers. The best way to get started is to try sport climbing (anchors are prefixed to the rock) with experienced partners—or hire a guide. With safer climbing gear, stronger ropes, and extra-durable carabiners, outdoor climbing is more accessible than ever. Here are the must-have items you need to get started.
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