epicclimb wrote:but everyone i talk to says 100s and 100s of long laps on TR is the ticket to learn it rigght (place like ouray is perfect)
kozman18 wrote:I learned in the Whites and in Smugglers' Notch. You are a stone's throw from some great areas to train. The Notch is perfect for starting out on a TR, then progressing to lead. The Whites are a great place to climb in an awesome setting. NE Ice is a good resource for current conditions and to find local climbers. Sunrise Cafe near Jeffersonville is another place climbers congregate. The Ice Bash is an annual event in the Notch to test gear and meet guides/climbers. Lots of stuff going on near you.
fatdad wrote:Given where you live, before investing in a bunch of gear and going for it, I'd suggest taking a class or two. Go with a reputable guide, not the first chump they throw at you. I've seen some really lousy, inexperienced guides out there. You'll bump up your learning curve significantly and also get a good sampling of what kind of gear you like/don't like, etc., before you dump some serious coin for your set up.
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