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If you are new to climbing, one of the first things that you need to do is get hold of the equipment that you will need. The most important bits of gear are:
If you are attending an indoor climbing centre, it is likely that they will have some of these items, however if you intend to take it seriously it is important get get your own equipment, especially the shoes, hard hat and harnesses.
Buying everything that you need does not have to cost as much as you might think, and there are lots of website where you can get hold of climbing gear for a very reasonable price. Some of the
Make sure that you shop around for the best deals and always check whether there are any promotional codes available to get more money off when you pay. Some of the best sites to find codes include
Money Saving Expert, for general deals
Coupons.com, for overseas deals
Once you have make a purchase, remember to check your inbox, because often retailers like to send out emails with extra deals contained such as 29% off your next purchase or fee shipping if you go on to buy something else.
It does pay to be loyal to a certain store as you can often earn reward points each time that you shop which will unlock a deal or promotion if you collect a certain amount. Again, pay attention to any correspondence that you receive to find out about any such schemes that the retailer is running.
Another way to get hold of your climbing gear for less is to buy is second hand. There are many groups which have been set up on Facebook for the sole purpose for helping climbing enthusiasts to post items that they have for sale, and chat about the sport in general. A quick search on the the social network will throw up a whole list of groups which you can join if you send a request to the admin person.
One thing to look out for when you do choose to buy second hand, is to check that they safety of any items you buy has not been compromised. Damaged items such as headwear or footwear can be dangerous and it is not worth risking your safety to save a few pounds here and there.