It can equal stronger climbing, but not necessarily better climbing.
The problem with being very strong is that you start to neglect technique, because if you can just power yourself to the next hold or through the move, why would you do it in a more technical way? Even if you try to be more technical, it can be very hard to get rid of the habit of powering through moves. This is something many climbers struggle with, including myself.
On the other hand, if you are a technical climber, but are weak in terms of physical strength, training your forearms can help quite a lot by balancing you out a little bit. So you would still have the technique that you have developed until now, and you would also just be physically stronger.
So I would say that it just depends on your current situation. Are you more technical, or are you more powerful?
What really helped me get better at sit starts was climbing on a moon board, and either finding boulders that have sit starts, or building new boulders with sit starts.
I was pretty bad at sit starts since they are very compressed for me, something I am fairly weak at. But after climbing for about a month almost only on the moon board, I really saw the improvement, and it was very noticeable.
I still work quite often on the moon board, and I can really see the difference from before and after. I try to do the most disgusting sit starts possible on the moon board, and I can do all of the sit starts on the regular route setting walls.
The moon board in my gym is a 30 degree angle I believe. If you don't have a moon board, I think you can probably do the same on any other system board.
This is a really general question. It depends on a few things:
Why kind of climbing are you referring to?
If its bouldering, then you can climb on your own, but if sport climbing, then you require one more person to belay you.
Why are you climbing?
Assuming the reference is to bouldering, then the question is why you are climbing. If you are climbing to just detach your mind from the day and to just be physically active, then yea, you could climb alone, and it may be better also if you just don't want to deal with people.
On the other hand, if you are bouldering with the goal of improving, then I would say both options are important for your progress. Climbing with other people, especially those that climb better than you, can really give you more insight into climbing, more ideas, betas, experience, and just more growth in general. Climbing alone is still important in my opinion though because it's when you are alone that you can actually practice all that you have learned with others.
That's my take on climbing with people vs climbing alone.
I personally find it quite hard to have a proper bouldering session with some friends. Instead of climbing hard routes, we end up just messing around.
Rock climbing doesn't really get you big and bulky. It can make you stronger though, just without the massive body size.
There are some people who tend to grow and bulk up faster than others, at least to a certain size. They may get some more muscle mass than others, but for the most part, you muscle mass won't really increase that much.
Because we are in pain! But not that much pain. Generally, climbing shoes are not comfortable, and leaving them on for a long period of time just starts to hurt after a while. Taking them off in between some of the climbs just lets our feet relax a little bit, and delays the session-ending feet pain.
I have a pair of shoes (Mad Rock Drone HV) that I got resoled 3 times already.
Usually the people who resole it tell us when we should move on to a new shoe, which is when the old shoes cannot be resoled anymore, but they have yet to do so for mine!
I have friends who have resoled theirs just twice and were told that there probably wont be a next time, that their shoes are just too damaged overall.
It really depends on your shoes and the status of them. If areas of the shoes are damaged that are not going to be replaced or fixed in the resole, then resoling obviously wont help them. As for the amount of time a climbing shoes can be resoled though, as I mentioned, mine have gone for 3 resoles, and will probably go fro at least one more, my friends have gone for just 2 and will probably not go for any more, so, it depends.
Try to send them as much as you can I would say.
My first v6 was after about 6 months. But, to be able to consistently climb v6s and call myself a v6 climber, it took longer, maybe closer to 1 year.
Yes, I could say that I climbed a v6 and that I am a v6 climber, but, to me that doesn't count. It may have been a very soft v6, it could have been my specific style also. For me what counts is being able to consistently climb v6s.
I felt comfortable in the v6 range close to a year after I started. I wouldn't flash them yet, but I could do them after a few attempts or sessions.
Rock climbing is a very arm-heavy sport, as it mostly utilizes muscles responsible for pulling and holding. The muscles most used for these are your back muscles and your arms. Just like with lifting weights, these muscles can tear and get damaged, which causes the pain you may feel, but it's also what causes them to grow and get stronger.
Rock climbing requires you to pull much of your body weight, and to keep you on the wall and close to it. This means that your muscles, especially your arm muscles, with be very heavily used for this, and in ways that you may not be used to, especially if you are a beginner rock climber.
Your shoulders, all the way down to your forearms, are used to help you move from hold to hold, and to help you grip the holds and stabilize yourself on the wall. This means that you will be pulling much of your body weight on with your arms, and you will most likely be doing it in ways that will cause your muscles to go through the same process they would go through when lifting weights. They will get damaged, which is what will cause them to hurt, and it is also what will cause them to grow and get stronger. Eventually, as you progress with your climbing, they will hurt less.