Red Rock Nevada Trip Plan

The costs of the trip include the outfitter, airfare, food and gear. Every expedition has different equipment needs, but the beauty of owning is that you only have to buy it once. As long as you take good care of your equipment, your gear costs should drop as you go on more and more expeditions.

Because this was my first trip, ever…I had to pick up all new gear. This included clothing, sleeping bag, tent, hiking boots. You name it. But I am only including the gear that was necessary for me to actually climb (hence the ** next to that cost). I have included all camping specific equipment in the gear section of the site.

Guide: $400
Flight: $250
Food: $150
Gear: $300**

Total: $1,130

Training and Preparation

After my first day at the 59th Street gym, I realized how out of shape I really was.  Climbing up a wall has nothing to do with the type of activities I was used to doing. Being able to dunk a basketball or bench 275 pounds doesn’t mean a thing when it comes to holding on to a 1 inch hold while trying to pull 235 ponds up a wall. 

So I picked up the Metolius Stimulator fingerboard and mounted it over my bathroom doorway.  I’ve been following the training routine that comes with the board, and have been seeing an increase in my strength.  But it’s definitely not an overnight process.  You can check out the products Metolius carries, including rock rings and a variety of finger boards at Metolius.

Climb NYC

Any time I try to do any type of activity, I start where the locals go.  It’s one thing to read about how to belay someone on the web.  It’s entirely another to actually do it. 

In the New York area there are really four climbing gyms that made sense (at least to me).  Currently I don’t have a car so it makes sense for me to go to a gym in the city (the subway is a beautiful thing).  Out of the four I researched, I finally picked the CCC (59th St. Gym), for two reasons.  Price and the web site. 

Of course $200 sounds great, (especially compared with the $1500, $1000 and $600 they wanted at Chelsea Piers, Manhattan Plaza Gym and Extra Vertical respectively) but it was the web site that turned the tide.  For a beginner, what do I need but to build endurance and get the basics.  Maybe in a year when I’m more experienced, I’ll need to join a gym where climbers who lead 5.10 hang out.  But for now, I need friendly people with good advice and a warm place to blast the forearms and work on technique.

The site answered a lot of my questions and presented itself as a community rather than a gym.  That’s very important to me as a beginner because I need information almost as much as I need a place to climb. I’m sure I can get it at the other gyms, but the site didn’t leave me to wonder.  With a discussion board, a partner directory, an event calendar and a section on climbing outdoors in the NY area, I felt I had all I needed in a gym for my first year as a climber.

Plus they put up a Gym List page showing all the info about ALL of the gyms in the NY area, including Jersey and Connecticuit. Talk about confidence your gym is the bomb!  It was like a Gecko commercial or something!  Now if I can just find the time to get in there.


"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."    — Robert A. Heinlein

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