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iFlipI climb seriously, both rock and ice. I have done an extensive amount of travel as pursuant to climbing, and own a completely ridiculous amount of gear. I think I have something in the order of 100+ cams, 200+ pitons, a portaledge, 30+ ice screws, and basically everything else anyone could imagine that pertains to climbing.
I'm happy to help out with general advice on what to purchase, basic systems, rigging, etc. Climbing (especially ice climbing) is a fairly difficult sport to get into, but is tremendously rewarding once you have broken through and are proficient. The travel opportunities to rarely visited beautiful places are virtually limitless. Whether you're 60 feet up on a sport route or 7 days in to a 10 day ascent of a remote bigwall, climbing is thrilling.
JustGoWithItThanks, Im am in this beginner stage where I honestly don't have an f*&king clue what i'm looking at. But hey, I started skiing like that and 5 years later it pretty much rules my life!
At the moment i'm confined to an indoor wall and some small stuff so I might just invest in some shoes and a chalk bag. I definitely will PM you later on down the road in regards to...well...everything else.
Wheaty214I didn't look into the book that you're reading, but you just need to start climbing more. Buy a harness, and some shoes and you should be good to go. Buy a carabiner if you want to start belaying people, you'll learn to top rope belay first and then lead belay.
Just climb a lot and get a feel for it. Once you decide that you want to start climbing outdoors, if you ever decide that, get a rope, preferably dry rope, 70m, AND DYNAMIC (DO NOT BUY STATIC ROPE).
Enjoy yourself, climbing is amazing. I just got a new rope, quick draws, and a helmet for outdoor climbing.