climberslacker wrote:I am super jealous of all of you! I want more gear! But they way im getting payed right now, i can afford one cam every 3 weeks, and thats with no other expneses! Good thing im 15 and i can ask for cams and biners for christmas
Jace, when I started climbing, ahem! we had to get metal nuts, drill out the thread and pretend they were chocks. At school, I cast my first prussiker from Aluminum, though couldn't use it because it was too weak. The first overhang my brother started to bolt, the bolts were too small, so he inserted wood packing. The climbing store graciously gave us a box of 50 pitons - man we struck gold - until we realised they were as soft as lead. When I went on my first ice, I had no crampons, just my axe. To get our cash we delivered milk all winter, holding glass bottles without gloves.
In recent years, I only winter climb and ascend with only the axe, no rope or crampons when others use both. The lack of gear made us all the better at climbing, and I have never taken a fall - despite many times being in dire peril and scaring the pants off myself. Plenty of time for you to build up the gear, though I would aim at getting a helmet first.