As an amateur rock climber I’d like to share my experience and a few things I learned to avoid and practice while taking up the sport of rock climbing. My first rock climbing session was indoors. I hired an instructor to show me the basics on how to grip; pull myself up and how to push off with my legs to get to my next rock. I started with easier climbs where the rocks are closer together and I eventually ventured out to a couple more challenging routes, which the rocks are wider. I underestimated the amount of strategy, focus and strength in doing a leisurely afternoon climb. At the end of my session my forearms were burning, obviously my grip strength needed work. Later I learned I could have used my legs more and a good warm up.