Essential Rock Climbing Gear

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 27, 2009 3:25 pm

If you’re new to rock climbing and need the inside scoop on the right gear, and the best gear that you can buy and use you’re in the right place. Hopefully you’re not planning on going rock climbing Tarzan style, with bare feet, so the first thing that you’ll need is the right kind of shoe. You should look for a shoe that is all-purpose with a stiff sole and high-cut leather upper to protect your ankles, and of course you want a shoe that will be comfortable. Rock climbing itself is a challenge but your shoes shouldn’t have to be.

The next and most important part of rock climbing gear that you will need is a rope, which can be found in almost any sports store. Just be sure to know what you are looking for before you go shopping for one. Single ropes suit many different conditions, twin ropes are used only in pairs, and then there are half ropes which are meant for safety and should usually be used in pairs.

For those of you don’t know the term carabiner, it is basically a metal clip that comes with a spring and is essential for rock climbing. Since there are bunch of different types of carabiners made for a slew of different situations, make sure that you get the ones that are manufactured specifically for rock climbing. Unless, that is, you are the daredevil type who doesn’t mind getting halfway up the rock only to get a rude awakening, falling back to solid ground. Ouch!

I know that we all laugh and point at the dorky kid on our block who’s mother makes him wear his helmet every time he wants to put a foot on the pedal of his bike, but unless you want to come back from a rock climbing trip and not know your name, address, or date of birth, then a helmet is an absolute must! Make sure that you select the appropriate style, and find one that is not too tight and definitely not too loose. As with any sport always make sure that you take the proper precautions and come prepared. Now that you know a little bit about the gear, get out there and have a blast rock climbing!