Podcast: Gear to Start Climbing

“What gear do I need to get to start climbing?” This is a question I frequently am asked.  The answer is not so simple, and usually follows with:  “Where do you want to climb?” Depending if you want to boulder, top-rope at the gym, top-rope outside, or sport climb outside will dictate what gear you need to obtain.  Below is an outline of gear needed for each type of climbing that I talk about in today’s podcast.

Basic Gear For All Climbers:

  1. Climbing Shoes
  2. Chalk Bag/Chalk

Bouldering:

  1. Basic Gear
  2. Bouldering Pad

Top-rope in Gym:

  1. Basic Gear
  2. Harness
  3. Belay Device & Locking Belay (Pear) Carabiner

Tope-rope Outside:

  1. Tope-rope in Gym gear
  2. Climbing Rope
  3. 75′ Static Rope
  4. 2 Double Shoulder Length Slings
  5. 2 Locking Oval Carabiners
  6. 2 Locking Offset-D Carabiners

Sport Climb Outside:

  1. Top-rope in Gym gear
  2. 10 Quickdraws
  3. Climbing Rope
  4. Optional Gear:
    • 2 Double Shoulder Length Slings
    • 2 Locking Oval Carabiners
    • 2 Locking Offset-D Carabiners
    • Gear to Rappel

What other gear do you consider essential?  Let me know in the comments below!

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