Many beginners believe that ropes are all that is needed, but there is a great deal more to consider.
When you’re just getting started with rock climbing, it can seem as though it is an extreme sport that doesn’t really require much in terms of equipment, but it doesn’t take long to discover that this is far from true.
From apparel to supplies, the safety and enjoyment of the sport relies on being properly equipped.
The first thing to realize is that there are many different kinds of rock climbing, ranging from indoors to aid, sport, trad, and bouldering. Each has certain elements in common but are unique enough that they require different types of gear.
Rock climbing gear takes in a large number of different types of equipment.
Beginners should become familiar with them before getting started in the sport. Some of them include the following:
• Rope, webbing, and cords
• Draws (also called quickdraws)
• Carabiners (also called biners)
• Protection devices (such as spring loaded camming devices, tricams, hexcentrics, nuts, etc.)
Beyond the more “technical” equipment are other parts of rock climbing gear that you’ll actually need to wear, such as helmets, shoes, and gloves. Chalk and resin will also be important accessories to help you to safely make your climb and descent.
Before buying any of these types of rock climbing gear, make sure that you know the type of climb you’ll be making so that you can ensure the right style of equipment and that it will perform as you want it to.
Never make the mistake of believing that you can simply buy cheap and low quality products or that you can skip certain items just because you are a beginner and aren’t sure what type of climbing you’ll like. This decision is the common cause of falls and injuries. Safety and performance must always come first. Therefore, if you’re not sure how much you’ll like rock climbing or what type you’ll enjoy the most, begin by renting your equipment so that you won’t need to invest too much money into it, but you’ll still be able to benefit from good quality gear.