I've been going to an indoor gym about 2-3 times a week now for about 5 months, and now my family's made the decision to go on a trip to Jasper national park.
I've done outdoor bouldering, and I'm tempted to try some climbing on this trip in Jasper .. but being new to climbing, and with nobody who actually knows what they're doing (I understand the bare basics, but that's about it) I'm a little hesitant.
What's the best way to start outdoor climbing? Would top roping be the easiest way to start or should I just stick to bouldering? Is it a horrible idea to give it a try? I'd obviously have a belayer and other people with me, but I'd be the one instructing them on what to do. I'm pretty confident that I understand the basics. I also assume I'll run into some other climbers on some of the routes who'd be happy to help me out/give me guidance.
I have plenty of carabiners, a harness, helmet, shoes, etc. from indoor climbing. Would seasoned climbers recommend giving it a try, or should I wait to go with a guide?
Even better, are there any climbers who have been to the Jasper/Banff area who know of any good routes/coordinates for a beginner?