Whats up guys? I'm really hoping to take the next step forward in my climbing this summer and I really think working in some solid trad skills is the next best thing for me in terms of moving forward.
I don't necessarily have the money for a full rack so I'm going to start of with a small set of stuff before building up. I do not plan on doing any full leads for quite some time, and especially not until I get a complete set of gear.
For now I am probably buying:
Cams .3 - 3
My hope is get some recommendations for TOP-ROPE crags and locations that I can practice placing gear, as well as practice more crack climbing techniques. These spots don't even need to have fully protectable climbs. I am really just looking to mock-lead and place a lot of gear over the course of the summer before I decide to do a full on lead. Plus I can't really afford a complete set of gear, so until I can, I will just be focusing on practice placement. I really want to get a feel of how gear goes in, how the rope runs, and the whole process of actually stopping your climb and putting in your pro.
I am currently going to school in Burlington (and theres plenty of practice out here) but I will be home in Reading, MA this summer. (Reading is slightly north of Boston). I am looking for locations that I can top-rope and practice placing gear. These spots would ideally be in MA, but I will also be making a lot of weekend trips to Ossipee, NH, which is pretty close to North Conway, so areas around there would also be much appreciated. Also if anyone has more suggestions as to start-up gear to look into more that would be much appreciated.