Many rock climbers start out as typical mountain climbers and hikers who see rock climbing as a natural extension for the bigger mountains they will ascend. Others still, start out as indoor climbers who venture out from their indoor (wall climbing) gyms. One of the most intimidating extreme sports to try, it can be quite a challenge to enter the rock climbing culture, but many seasoned climbers will tell you that it takes only one day of sharing in the experience to get you hooked on the sport. Their advice is always to try the sport yourself and never get intimidated by all the terms, gadgets, technology, and culture that make the rock climbing world turn.
Getting proper instruction is one of the first things you should do to get a glimpse of this world, it takes guts to get out and take on steep rocks, but it is not enough to propel you to the top. You need proper technique and skills that you can only get from training. The best online resources will give you the low down on all the best rock climbing spots and programs in the country from West Virginia to other popular locations in the US and elsewhere in the world. You will be surprised by the number of indoor climbing gyms and centers available near you.
Even when you can’t find an indoor gym to test your skills out and get instruction, you can simply visit outdoor gear stores and ask people there about climbing. More often than not, they will be able to point you to groups and instructors who can help you with your new hobby. When everything else fails, look for online resources where you can find local instructors and climber networks and groups that you can join.