Seek out an indoor rock climbing studio in your area and sign up for lessons.
Your first few 'real' outdoor climbs should be in a group with a qualified instructor.
You may be able to rent at first, but eventually you will need your own gear.
Membership in a rock climbing club makes it easier to find a climbing buddy and may give you more opportunities for fun climbing adventures.
Never climb bare-headed. You can survive a broken leg - a cracked skull is more dubious!
Buy new if possible; second hand gear should be thoroughly checked over by a professional. A seat harness is better than a simple waist harness.
Choose one that is a different color on each end, meeting in the middle - that makes it easy to see when you have reached the halfway point.
Real climbing shoes are the only safe footwear to take on a climb. Make sure you wear good socks, too.
Locking biners latch securely to your belt harness, so you can tether yourself with confidence. Non-locking biners let you shift ropes and gear as needed.
You need photo ID, medical insurance cards, and emergency contact info.
Even in winter, the sun can still burn!
Gloves, hat, and even a bandana to tie around your lower face can stave of frostbite in freezing temps.
A regular first aid kit plus some pressure bandages.
Choose lightweight nonperishable high energy food and carry plenty of water.
Cell phones with GPS and 2 way radios are best.
A hard copy map plus a compass should be packed.
A camera, flashlight and matches should also be part of your climbing kit.
Everyone should have radios, cell phones, and everyone else's number in case of separation.
Drink plenty of water leading up to the day of the climb, and drink water at regular intervals.
Have a predetermined meeting point in case of separation.
Decide on a time that all parties should turn back.
Know who to call if you get into trouble.
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