Flowchart: Should You Start Trad Climbing?


To the kind of climbers that slap “Keep Tahoe Bold” stickers on their bumpers, trad is the only true form of climbing. To many a sport climber and boulderer, it appears complicated, slow, and committing. Plus, all that jangly metal on your harness makes you sound like a wind chime. Yep, trad climbing can be intimidating. It requires a lot of gear, practice, and a strong head. It’s also an incredibly rewarding way to climb and allows you to reach places that would otherwise be impossible to access. So, should you start trad climbing?

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