When you think about rock climbing gear, one of the first few things that come to mind might include things like clothing, ropes, and a helmet, but there are a lot more things you need to get in terms of equipment if you plan on participating in the pastime with any degree of safety. The things you can expect to have to add to your list include safety equipment and things that can make your climb easier overall. Some equipment is an absolute essential, while other gear is selected as a matter of preference.
Either way, before you start to shop, it is a good idea to sit down and write a list with all the equipment you plan to buy. You can use it as a checklist to ensure you have all your bases covered and that you get all the essentials you need for your safety and rock climbing satisfaction.
Indoor and outdoor climbing attire
When creating your list, consider if you will be climbing indoors, out, or both. Outdoor rock climbing is challenging, with a change in scenery with each new climbing destination. Indoor climbing is equally exciting, but it also allows for year round enjoyment of the sport. Participating in both types of rock climbing will give you access to the best of both worlds.
Indoor rock climbing: This type of climbing gives you the opportunity to practice safely in a dry and more secure environment. While working indoors, you can work in unison with a trainer during group or private sessions. A trainer can educate you about climbing safety, techniques, and maneuvers.
You will also get an opportunity to try out different climbing routes while working in an indoor environment. For instance, you can try lead routes, top-rope climbs, and bouldering, which involves a route with pre-established foot and handholds affixed to a large, artificial rock wall. While indoors, appropriate attire includes:
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