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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 1:35 pm 
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The handful of times I tried rock climbing, I failed miserably. My hands can't hold the tiny ledges, I don't have that much arm/upper body strength, and so all things told it's frustrating. Plus I recently hurt my shoulder/elbow doing pushups with bad technique (it was the last set and I wanted to be done...) and am anxious to avoid further injury.

What would you guys recommend I tell my brother? Also, do you have recommendations on easy hikes that a newbie could handle in the Seattle area? I'd likely be staying near pier 66 (Alaskan Way road) because I need to be near the Seattle City Center area. So stuff within a half hour/hour drive would be great :).

Thanks for your tips!


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 3:37 pm 
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You might direct your brother to one of the local rock gyms where they would be able to teach him via a class. They also (at least at stone gardens) have gear you can rent since it sounds like your brother does not have climbing gear:





for hikes around seattle, you may find this useful:





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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2009 6:39 am 
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I think it's worth pointing out that if you do wish to start hiking in the Cascades, having a little bit of rock climbing skill can go a long way. There are a lot of Class 3/4 summit pyramids in the Cascades, and knowing how to both judge and climb rock safely (and route-finding on rock) can turn a frightening and dangerous experience into a fun little adventure.

In fact, this is the very reason why I learned rock climbing in the first place. Without these skills, a lot of amazing summits are off limits. For me, I took the climbing class at the UW climbing gym, and then continued to practice climbing and bouldering with another student throughout the next few months. I even found a new hiking partner through the class, and both of us felt much more secure on scrambles knowing how to actually move up and down rock.

A secondary effect of taking the class is I now top rope as well. Once you learn the basic moves for moving up rock, a seemingly blank cliff face becomes an elegant sequence of moves that flow into on another to get to the top. So here's fair warning: if you take the class, you may find yourself wanting to climb cliffs as well.


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