Sticky rubber shoes are nowadays very essential for elevated rock climbing performance. Modern rock climbing as seen in the pictures below went through a series of modifications throughout the history of rock climbing.
From heavy mountain boots to sneakers to the first hard soled rock shoes in the early 80’s by a Spanish company named Boreal – their model “Firès” was the first mass produced sticky rubber climbing shoe. When famous US climber John Bachar went on a Europe trip in 82′ he was given a pair of “Firès” by the owner of Boreal himself. Bachar was blown away by its performance which led him to import 265 pairs of those to the US. Within a few hours all pairs where sold in Yosemite’s mountain shop starting an ongoing revolution in climbing shoe design in the US and worldwide. Today climbers often have several pairs of rock shoes for different styles of climbing – the “aggressive” shoe that is often tight,curved and pointy for micro footholds or more comfortable, less curved and less tight shoes for slab and crack climbing. Make sure you pick the right pair for your desired climbing activity – I recommend to go for comfort on your first pair and as your climbing progresses you may want to try a more “aggressive” pair
Highly recommend Fabi! He is super organized, friendly and safe. He was on time, prepared with everything we needed, fully explained everything we needed to know and made sure we felt safe during every step. He’s super encouraging and really knows what he is doing!
What an amazing experience! We took the beginners class, and so happy we did, Fabi was very knowledgeable, breaking instructions down step by step making it easier and fun to learn! After learning all the important safety steps we got to climbing right away, with fabi right there giving us pointers on the best route to take. I left class feeling more confident in my abilities to climb. Fabi has such a chill, friendly, and encouraging way of teaching, it felt like we were learning with a friend. I highly reccomend. Thank you for sharing your knowledge Fabi!
Had such an incredible time doing my first trad rock climbing multi pitch! Coach Jakob was extremely professional and taught my friend and I so much. We went up over 2,000 feet and got to the top of a stunning mountain in Idyllwild. He was informative and we felt completely safe the entire time. It was a fun and beautiful adventure. We would highly recommend Jakob and Chillino Rock Climbing Group for your upcoming adventures!
My partner and I just finished an intro climbing class with Chillino and it was fantastic! Our guide was Fabi and he was knowledgeable, friendly, encouraging and always put safety first. A great introduction to outdoor climbing with an emphasis on learning basics the right way and having fun, whatever your skill level. We started with an overview of equipment, a short hike in Mission Hills and a thorough training on using the equipment. We had the chance to do several lines at our own pace. All were a good challenge! Overall, a great class and highly recommend 🙂
Absolutely incredible experience! I hardly have any experience as a climber and Fabian did a great job at showing me the basics and making sure I knew how to safely and adequately climb. There was plenty of time for me to get my hands dirty and the location was beautiful! The team that came along was very positive and encouraging! Would definitely recommend Fabian's climbing options!