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Offline issacaron

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Gear to get started..
« on: May 12, 2007, 04:55:28 AM »
Hello everyone,
     I'm going to be moving to Maine in the next few months and I would like to start climbing, eventually I'd like to move to ice.  Most of my experience has been hiking / camping in the Washington cascades.  I'm going to have $250-$300 to spend on the initial equipment, what would you recommend.  I realize I have left out training, I plan on picking up an army mountaineering field manual and ad-hoc'ing the rest.  Thanks in advance.

Offline punxnotdead

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Re: Gear to get started..
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2007, 07:03:49 AM »
Buy a harness, shoes, chalkbag, helmet, belay device and a few locking carabiners.  Then start begging to climb with some experienced climbers who already have gear. 

Bill
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Offline perswig

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Re: Gear to get started..
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2007, 08:35:39 PM »
You may want to look at Freedom of the Hills or similar reference instead of the army field manual, but punx gives a very practical list on your budget.  Welcome to the state o' Maine - where will you be and maybe we can steer you to the closest climbing and partners?  Dale
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Offline issacaron

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Re: Gear to get started..
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2007, 05:16:48 AM »
Thanks Bill, pretty much what I'm looking for.  I'll get some ice stuff a little later in the season. 

I'll be in settled in Maine sometime in August,  I'm moving to the Brunswick/Bath area.  Until I get there I dont really know what my schedule is going to be like. 

Justin.

Offline Notch

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Re: Gear to get started..
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2007, 07:05:48 PM »
Justin,
I live in Bath and can introduce you to a great, albeit small, group of really active climbers here.  What brings you to the area?

Matt