How to transition from gym to Climbing

Recently National Geographic Magazine Adventures release a great short video featuring Professional rock-climber Meagan Martin talking about climbing, bouldering, safety tips and how to transition from gym to crag. (Crag is a steep or rugged cliff or rock face)
Meagan is a professional Climber, American Ninja Warrior, 2016 US Bouldering Team and a model. In this video, Meagan Martin focuses on the essentials you need to transition from the gym to outdoor climbing.

Climbing app

Use apps like mountain project to find new climbs for different level beginner to expert and how to get there. These apps will also give you an opportunity to meet with different climbing groups and join these communities or with individuals.


If you’re bouldering outside, it’s important to use multiple crash pads to keep the area safe and keep yourself safe as possible. Sometimes you might fall and take a hit, just get up, dust it, re adjust the pads. If you are spotting it is very important to pay attention to the climber and make them feel safe. Take your time and communicate with your spotter or climber while they are climbing and guide them as much as possible.


Bring more food and water than you’ll need. It’s better to have too much than not have enough especially water. Hydration is the key, another a great way is to bring protein bars because they are high on nutrition, give you a great boost to keep going all they and don’t make you feel full. This is why RuckJack comes in handy, RuckJack is designed to carry light snack and water while it is functioning as a backpack. It can be used as a backpack to carry water and snacks during the day and as the evening approach, it can be turned into a jacket to keep warm (Watch: Convertible Jacket – Zip. Flip. Clip. Convert!).

How to transition from gym to Climbing - RuckJack
If this is your first-time bouldering or climbing, prepare yourself for a broken nail or ripping your skin. This is normal and your hand will get tougher as you climb more and get more comfortable with your grip. (You know what they say, proactive makes perfect) It is also equally as important to know your limit before putting yourself in a situation that you are not prepared for.
Always have a checklist of your gear:

  • Climbing Shoes
  • Pads
  • Food and water
  • Chalk
  • Spotter friend

If you are looking take on bouldering here are the classic bouldering spots in the U.S:

  • Squamish, British Columbia; and Leavenworth, Washington
  • Yosemite, Joshua Tree, and Bishop
  • Joe’s Valley, Utah; and Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.
  • Red Rocks, Nevada; and Hueco Tanks, Texas.
  • Horse Pens 40, Alabama; Rocktown, Georgia; and Stone Fort, Tennessee.
  • The Gunks, New York; Great Barrington and Farley, Massachusetts; and Rumney and Pawtuckaway, New Hampshire.

If you are looking to learn more about adventures and activities for your summer vacation like the Facebook page National Geographic Adventures.

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