How to Improve Bouldering Skills and Technique

I’ve been climbing for awhile now and I’ve always enjoyed bouldering problems. To me, I enjoy the shorter routes filled with very technical moves that come with bouldering. I’ve observed my peers improving on top-rope, especially transitioning into 5.10a/b and above grades, by getting on boulder problems. It makes sense because the focus is more on the technique, rather than the pure muscle endurance that sometimes comes with climbing top-rope.

Here are “tips” I have found most useful in my personal training:

Build up Skin Strength! 

My buddy tells me I need to grow callouses like a garden, not to tape up and certainly don’t pick on callouses. (Yes, I have a picking problem) I also started out taping fingers because my skin was coming off… but apparently this is not the best solution to build “skin strength”.

I learned to build up those callouses on “easy” grade boulders doing circuit climbs (climb up/down 1 Vb/V0 boulder then without feet touching the ground, get onto the next accessible vb/v0 boulder route and repeat until grip strength is exhausted.) Sometimes the phrase “No pain no gain” is the best way to describe it.

Now, I only tape up when my skin is healing from a nasty flapper injury and the new skin is just too soft and raw to risk being torn again. Otherwise, I try to avoid taping my hands.

2. Teach your body placement and the 3 point of contact rule.

While me and my peers are sometimes eager to jump right onto more technical boulder problems, It is beneficial to incorporate more send-able problems adding but each time focusing on making each climb EFFORTLESS AND CONTROLLED. It’s amazing how making your moves more static, instead of trying to muscle through every move, can change your abilities on the wall. Also, integrate climbing down the route after topping the route.

The key to this is to focus on having 3 points of contact on the wall for as many moves as possible, whether this is both feet + 1 hand or 1 foot+ 2 hands etc.

Pro climber Sasha Digiulian also recommended beginners to work on mastered problems, but make each climb more and more effortless, as a way to learn the best placement for your body. There are many routes that incorporate certain moves to achieve success. While, there are no “rules” how to climb a route, a nicely placed heel-hook, for example, can sometimes be the difference between sending the route, and landing on your butt. Speaking of practice, most climbers make the mistake of spending their entire session working on difficult problems, and once they’ve sent them, they never return. This is the equivalent of a basketball player making a shot once, or a dancer getting through a routine once and then never trying it again. The only way to master movement is by repeating problems and routes that you’ve already done. A lot. Changing your goal from sending a problem to mastering a problem will lead to faster technique and movement skills acquisition.

Udo Neumann, the head coach for the German climbing team, said the same thing: “Find something difficult and repeat it until it becomes easy…. If you can do it perfect every time, then it’s not hard enough for you.”

Take a moment to study the problem before you climb on.

I see competition climbers do this at the world cup level, and we do it ourselves when trying to map out a difficult new problem. Study the route and then visualize how  you can send the route. This seems to be a non-tip but most people just hop on. And I’ve been guilty of this many times. After a few failures, usually you’ll find yourself looking at the route and doing this as second nature. It’s a good idea to make this a habit as a way to mentally prepare and figure out your own approach according to body type. One of the mistakes people make while bouldering/training is to try to take what works for someone else, as a template for your own training. You may risk injuring yourself because you may be following what is best for someone else’s body type or climbing style. If you’re a shorter climber, you may eventually need to learn to do more dynamic moves. There are different perks for every body type. Take everything you see and hear, and try to use pieces that go along with your climbing style and preferences. The beauty of climbing is the freedom you are allowed. There are no rules, just get to the top of the route.

Warm up.

Let’s face it: climbing IS a dangerous sport. I have been in the gym multiple times when a climber has fallen and broke an ankle and had to wait till the paramedics came in.

If you’re an absolute beginner, you need to warm up properly. Warm up your entire body (jump rope, running in place, etc) then warm up specific joints especially wrist and elbows (golfer’s elbow is very common among climbers when they begin to tackle harder problems). When we go to the gym, we pick out a couple very easy routes and climb them very leisurely and controlled before moving on to the more difficult routes. This pumps blood into the muscles and definitely seems to help prevent injuries.

I like these types of warm ups because it focuses the ranges of motion that I actually use in my own climbing, while not being very strenuous. Also, you can traverse (climb across walls). I do these as part of warming up, but having learned my lesson a few times, but warming up the entire body with specific motions as well as warming up via climbing is ideal.

Strength Training:

Unless you’re rather out of shape, your time should not be spent on climbing specific training, such as hang boards, campus boards, etc.. Believe it or not, being too strong at the beginning can be detrimental to your eventual progress. One guy I used to climb with trained as a bodybuilder and was remarkably strong. Initially he progressed rapidly, and could power through technical parts of the route, simply because he could muscle his was through. But after about a year he started plateauing and had difficulty doing the harder problems. He had so much power early on that he relied on strength and static motion, when the problems started getting harder and holds further apart, he found herself unable to complete them. It was much harder to break his bad habits after they already formed, than it would have been to slow down at the beginning and focus more on movement and less on progressing through the grades. That being said, there is a certain level of fitness that is required to learning movements. If you can’t do at least 5 pull-ups or hold a plank position for at least 30 seconds then it may be best to spend a short amount of time at the end of every climbing session to work on these things. Also, become conscious of how much of your session is actually spent climbing vs. socializing and hanging out. I know many climbers (especially boulderers) who are frustrated by a lack of progress but spend less than a quarter of their climbing time actually climbing. Don’t get me wrong, the friendships and advice you get from fellow climbers are extremely valuable. But when you’re at the rock wall trying to get better, treat it as a training session.

Make Goals and Plans

One of the most important things is to create a plan and goals. Initially the plan doesn’t have to be very complicated or detailed. Start with planning on which days you’ll climb and for how long, and make a goal of sending a certain number of problems per day. As soon as you can, try setting some long term goals. When I first started climbing I was lucky to have friends who encouraged me to do just this, and who did it themselves. I wrote down several goals for my climbing- climb 5.14, send V13, and things like that. These early goals helped me look beyond the current route, project, or season and focus on the things that would help me improve the most. It was a pretty cool experience when, after years of training and routes, I walked into my room and checked the last box on that list.

There are no shortcuts

This is probably the biggest thing most climbers need to realize- there are no magic solutions to becoming a better climber. Truth of the matter is it takes work to climb hard. Lots and lots of work. But in the end its worth the price. Many people look at stronger climbers and talk about ‘genetic freaks’, very few look at accomplished climbers and talk about how much work went into getting where they are. Most of us climbing hard grades have been at it for a long time, with thousands of routes and problems under our belt.

The last thing is: Enjoy it! Climbing is fun, and sometimes its easy to lose track of that in the midst of training and trying new problems.

How to prepare for Multi Pitch Climbing

This is a question I asked myself many times. “How do I Prepare for a multi-pitch climb?” It seems like a daunting task. Will I need new equipment? How much will I need? It a higher level of climbing and . assumes that you’ve climbed single pitches outdoors before.

If this is your first multi-pitch climb, here are some things I suggest to help you prepare for it.

What you need for an outdoor multi-pitch climb:
  • a leader. You probably don’t want to be leading for your first time.
  • a route (+ a print out or guidebook with that route). You will definitely want to know where you are going.
  • about 1.5x all the single pitch trad climbing gears (excluding your rope). This is highly dependent on the route, so make sure to read up on and see what type of rock protections you need. Take an extra belay device while you are at it (in case you drop one), Also you probably want a prussik loop for rappelling.
  • lots of water + snacks. Multi pitch climbs can easily take a whole day especially on your first time. Get plenty of protein filled snacks and enough water.
  • 1 comfortable hiking pack. As the follower, you’ll most likely be climbing and carrying up all the supplies. Do yourself a big favor and get a well fitted pack.
  • a radio. Shouting commands when you are 70m apart on a mountain is painful.
  • headlamp or flash light (+ extra batteries). In case your climb takes much longer than you thought and you have to climb or hike down after sunset.
  • rap ring + nylons for that emergency rappel.
  • space blanket (+ warm jacket) for that emergency bivy you’d rather not think about.
  • weather forecast. Don’t go on a rainy day.

What you’d want to learn for an outdoor multi-pitch climb (as a follower):

  • Common verbal signals. Take. Safe. Belay On. Belay Off. Watch Me.
  • How to do a hanging lead belay (+ rope management so your rope doesn’t get caught by some rock).
  • How to clean protection gear (+ anchor). Try your best to not push any gear in when you are trying to clean. Cams are the easiest, nuts are harder, cleaning tri cams is an art form.
  • How to not drop gear. This sounds really trivial, but in a multi pitch, if you drop some gear, your odds of seeing it again are very low.
  • How to switch belays after you leader belays you up a pitch.
  • Some basic rescue stuff in case of emergency. How to escape the belay so your can free your hands to call for help. How to tie munter-mule-overhands so you can secure your climber and go get help.
  • How to rappel because you’ll likely need to do that to descend.
  • Ideally, you’d also learn how to lead, which is just all around useful.

A lot of this stuff is best learned from an experienced multi pitch climbing mentor or friend. When in doubt, ask questions, and go with someone you trust.

Be safe, don’t die.

 

 

Thank You Angela Zhang for some creativity with this post.

So You Want To Build Your Own Rock Climbing Wall

Building a Rock Climbing Wall

Going on rock climbing campaigns can be costly. And some of the time when the weather does not allow climbing, enthusiasts simply have to have an alternative activity that captures the rush of climbing, or something to help with rock climbing training at home. To address this, rock climbers have learned to design their own rock-climbing walls.

A climbing wall is a structure with holds and pegs that climbers practice on. The experience simulates the situations that climbers often face while engaging on real rock surfaces. Walls are often utilized as a training ground for rock climbers to prepare them for the real thing. There they will learn how to rappel, how to utilize their muscle quality, establish safe and secure balance and how to use the right sort of equipment for each situation. As it is with any activity, practice makes great. With the constant utilization of the wall, climbers practice how to strategize and plan out their moves.

By utilizing the wall, climbers have a relatively safe environment to practice and test their abilities. In any case, don’t assume that climbing a wall is easy. A perk of having your own wall is being able to change up difficulty in routes and holds.  Presently, you can purchase pre-fabricated walls to put in your yard, or you can manufactur one of your own. But be careful, no one wants to get on your rock wall if the holds are sketchy!

Building a mountaineering wall is an attention-grabbing and potentially rewarding venture that you can do at home. Building climbing walls are much easier than most individuals assume, and it will also provide you a fantastic place to train and work out. Rock climbing is definitely confirmed as a good workout! It requires muscle strength and stamina, in addition to cardiovascular wellness, adaptability, balance, coordination, and concentration.

But First, a phrase of caution: building climbing walls simply isn’t something you should just rush out and do. Some research and fabrication skills may be required. In addition to that, you’ll need to know how deep the anchors should go and how to secure them. How far the holds should be placed apart, depends on how easy you want to make the routes.
As awesome as it sounds, if you don’t have extensive manufacturing skills and all the materials to build a rock climbing wall – you should purchase a pre-made wall. Many companies make movable climbing walls that may be assembled in your own particular home. Despite the fact that these can require a bit of cash, it will take a lot of the guess work out of it. If you are a genuine climber, it really has the knowledgeable wall in such an important location!

Here are some things to consider

• Use for indoor and Open air rock wall climbing
• Rock Pegs that come in different sizes and variations
• Usually come in small packs of 4 rock pegs to start a small venture and develop to greater rock wall size
• Hardware is usually not included (Depending on where you install it need different kind of Fastener)
50 Bolt on Rock Climbing Holds with Hardware
• 50 Large rush on rock climbing holds
• 50 Large dart on rock climbing holds for playgrounds
• Excellent realistic rock climbing holds.
• Intended for secure climbing.

How to choose Rock Climbing Gear

How To Choose A Rock Climbing Helmet

 

A climbing helmet is an essential part of safety gear that should always be worn when climbing.

Your safety is paramount when out climbing and a helmet will secure your head if you a fall or make contact with the wall you are on. Free rocks could also fall from above. Climbing can be a potentially hazardous activity if safety precautions are not taken.

The external shell of a helmet is usually made from a thermoplastic or ABS sort material which is durable, solid, but still lightweight. The internal layer is made of foam or has an inside webbing framework to absorb any impact. Most helmets offer great ventilation through various slats to keep you cool. Some feature clasps to enable you to attach a headlamp for evening time climbing or those early Alpine starts.

The distinction in inward outline indicates how the helmet absorbs an impact. Ones that utilize a foam band are generally lightweight however less durable. For example, the Petzl Elios.  A helmet bolstered by an inside webbing framework has a solid shell and is often heavier; the shell will absorb the blow.

Helmets are available in diverse sizes,  but many of them can also arrive in an adjustable single size. Many offer various routines allowing you to adjust the size easily to give you a flawless fit.

While picking a climbing helmet, it is important to consider the weight as this can become a major factor to you, especially on longer climbs. Lighter helmets are usually more costly as they tend to utilize more sophisticated materials and systems. Make sure to pick a helmet that is comfortable and durable. Do not cut corners either when picking out a helmet. The implications from getting a cheap helmet could potentially be fatal.

Rock climbing is a compelling sport, which utilizes distinctive gear to guarantee a safe and effective climb.  The helmet is essential for insurance in any sort of climbing activity.

These following rock climbing helmets are made from various types of materials and have an internal shell made of foam or a harness framework. They should not to be tight, but rather comfortable and have an adjustable jaw strap while providing legitimate ventilation. We consider placing importance in picking the right weight for your needs and believe any of these rock climbing helmets will make a perfect fit in your climbing gear arsenal.

3 Best  rock climbing helmets

Black Diamond Half Dome Climbing Helmet
  • Cross breed plan with formed EPS foam, liberal ventilation and exceedingly adjustable suspension framework
  • Suspension’s custom wheel adjuster allows for enhanced fine-tuning of fit
  • Headlamp clips are the most secure headlamp attachments on the market
  • Available in 2 sizes
  • The most durable cap Black Diamond makes
Petzl Elios Club Climbing Helmet
  • Intended to offer maximum durability and versatility: lightweight, durable shell of injected ABS. Expanded polystyrene foam liner.
  • Comfortable on the head: sliding screens to adjust ventilation. Absorbent comfort foam. Adjustment clasps are placed to the sides, away from the chin
  • Totally adjustable according to head size: speedy and easy headband adjustment, even while the protective cap is being worn. Headband stature adjustment. Chinstrap can be situated forward or back
  • Adapts easily to the activity: headlamp can be attached using the four integrated clips. Compatible with the VIZION eye shield. Material(s): ABS shell, expanded polystyrene liner, polyester webbing, PE foam
  • SIZE 1: Weight – 300g. Head periphery 48-56 cm. SIZE 2: Weight – 330g. Head periphery 53-61 cm. Certification(s): CE EN 12492, UIAA 106. 3-year manufacturer’s guarantee
Triple 8 Brainsaver Rubber Helmet with Sweatsaver Liner
  • Multi-impact outline
  • Sweat saver liner
  • Adjustable straps
  • Triple Eight customized logo bolts
  • Classic skate side cut head protector outline

What You Need To Start Rock Climbing

 

Ropes and cords 

Ropes are your main way to track and keep your progress in check. Along with other devices that will be listed, the rope keeps you in place whether you are high or low up on a rock wall and makes descending the climbed surface much easier. Rock climbing can be described as a great array of ropes and cords, since it is the rope that keeps us in place when resting at an altitude and it prevents the climber from falling straight to the ground. Make sure to choose a high quality rope. This is definitely not an item  you want to go cheap with. A low quality rope can literally be the difference between life or death. You can get 60 meters of rope for about $200. If you click here you’ll get a fantastic deal on 30m Sterling Rope for only $70!

CarabinersImage result for carabiner

Carabiners are an essential part of your overall gear since these are used to hook onto the anchor point or your belay device. This tool has two main forms: a locking-type carabiner and a non-locking type. You use the locking-type for the anchor points and belay device since they provide of greater sense of protection since they can not be incidentally unlocked. Non-locking carabiners are most commonly found in quickdraws, since they are easier to attack to an anchor point while climbing. One of the more popular brands are Petzl and Black Diamond. Expect to pay anywhere between $5 and $20 for one piece. Get this awesome Petzl carabiner.

QuickdrawImage result for rock climbing quickdraws

The quickdraw is a simple mechanism. A quickdraw, basically speaking are two non-locking carabiners connected by a semi-rigid material. It’s main purpose is to lock onto bolt anchors or similar protective hold points, usually used during sport climbing. One carabiner connects to an anchoring device and the other carabiner connects to your rope. This allows the rope to pass through the device, adding a new layer of security to the climber as they continue upwards. The two locking mechanisms are either made of aluminum alloy or, for a more heavy-duty usage, they are made of steel. It is safest for a climber to attach his rope in the quickdraw when the device is at waist-level. Most people I speak with, talk very highly about quickdraws made by CAMP or Black Diamond. Prices vary between $10 for a single piece and $79 for a pack of six. Most sport routes can be led with 12 quickdraws, so this is a good start. On sale here we have a 6 pack for only $59!

Harness

The harness keeps the climber connected to the rope at all times. There are many types of harnesses that lock on your body but the most common one used is strapped around your pelvic area with two loops on the front of the harness. . A figure-eight type knot is then used to close the connection between the rope and the harness. Depending on the features and material used to craft the harness, prices can vary from $50 to $300. The gap might be big, but there is no price on your safety. Popular manufacturers are Black Diamond and DMM which can be found on our store. Find one here

Belays Image result for rock climbing belay

The belay device is used as a brake pad on the rope. When a person is belaying a rock climber this device will be attached to their own harness. The rope “threads” through the belay device which allows the belayer to easily apply tension to stop the rope, or loosen tension to allow the rope to slide through the device. With this tension loosened or tightened on the rope, the belay device controls the climbers descent safely back to the ground. There are various models with a more simplistic design that can be used as descenders as well. To prevent it slip from the rope, the belay device is attached to a locked carabiner which locks on to the climber. Petlz and Black Diamond are best known for their quality belay devices. The prices start at $20 and all the way up to $120, depending on the complexity of the mechanism. Get one that comes with it’s own carabiner right here

DescendersImage result for rock climbing descender

The name itself gives away the basic function of this climbing accessory. For the more experienced rock climber, descenders can come as an optional device locked onto their harness since they are capable of using their belay devices for descending purposes as well. They do come in handy when the climber partially looses control while trying to descend the rope. Most descenders are designed to stop the rope from feeding through the device in the occurrence of hard movement. Petzl is one of the most populars brands out there, with prices starting at $150 for a more complex descender. Click to find a descender.

AscendersImage result for rock climbing ascender

Again, the name says it all for this rock climbing device. An ascender benefits as a one-way system. This means that you need to feed the device rope and it will move freely in one direction but it will immediately lock if the direction is changed. It makes climbing back up the rope less of a struggle. There are ascenders that allow the rope to go both ways but only in a slow and steady movement. Just like a seat-belt, the ascender will lock on to the rope if it is pulled quickly. Here are some good quality ascenders you can put your trust in.

SlingsImage result for rock climbing sling

The sling, also known as the runner, is an essential part of climbing equipment, despite it’s simplicity. It consists of a sewn loop of webbing that can come in handy in many climbing situations. One can wrap the sling onto the rope using the common prusik knot in order to get an extra rope climbing point for example. Slings are a cheap thing to buy and for that reason it is never bad to carry some around. Prices start at $5 and up, main difference being length and material used to create the sling.

HexesImage result for rock climbing hexes

Protection devices in the rock climbing world are those that provide temporary anchor points in the climbed rock. That’s exactly what hexes are here for. They are also the oldest form of protection known in rock climbing. In the event of falling, the hex will shift in it’s place, exerting force on the sides of the rock it is placed in. Your fall will stop and the hex will be firmly in place because of the force used to wedge it into place. No rock climber should go on his adventure without a couple of these.

NutsImage result for rock climbing nuts

Nuts have the same role as the hex, only it does not provide that extra leverage created by hard pulls. They are set up by wedging them into narrower places in the rock, followed by a good tug to complete the set up. This gives you an extra anchor point so you can carry on upward. They come in different widths, depending on your need and space availability. This is another item that should not be left behind, with prices ranging between $5 to $60 depending on the complexity of the design. Get a full set here.

TricamsImage result for rock climbing tricam

Tricams are one of the most versatile protection devices. It’s great simplicity can easily fool the beginning rock climber. It has a shaped aluminum block joined with a piece of webbing. The shape of the block makes it possible for the grip to tighten on the rock when the tricam is pulled. In certain situations, the tricam can double as a nut and it is sometimes the only fitting form of protection inside the rock’s structure. Usually, $20 will get you a good quality single tricam from well-known manufacturers such as CAMP. Click here for an entire set!!

Spring-loaded cam

The spring-loaded cam is a great device when extra protection is needed in certain areas of the rock surface. It is made by four cams attached to an axle that forces the cam to expand. A trigger is present on the device that, when pulled, brings the cams closer together. After the spring-loaded cam has been inserted into the rock, the trigger is released, the spring pushing the cams to form a secure bond with the rock. Because of the device’s nature, it is well advised to insert it into solid rock that won’t easily crumble upon shock with the cams. Black Diamond and Metolius are two respectable brands that make good quality devices. Expect to pay around $80 for a good spring-loaded cam device.

Helmet

Helmets are primarily used by enthusiasts that are not in a controlled environment. Due to possible falling rocks from the top of the rock surface, a helmet is needed to prevent any unwanted injuries during the climbing sessions. A helmet is also useful in the instance of a fall, a good part of the shock being absorbed by the helmet and not the skull. It can be a game changer and a life-saver in some situations, which is why most people recommend using one. CAMP and Petzl make some of my favorite helmets that give the all-round head protection needed. The average price is around $70. This Petzl helmet is on sale for $64!

Climbing shoesImage result for rock climbing shoes

Rock climbing has come a long way. Back in the day, there was a fashion of climbing without any shoes. Nowadays though, the climbing shoe is a must-have weapon you should add into your rock climbing arsenal. A good rock climbing shoe can be the difference between success and failure on the rock wall. The shoe is specially designed to keep a tight fit around the wearer’s foot, while providing grip and support around the soles and toes of the climber. There are different styles of shoes, some more aggressive (curved) than others. For less technical or longer climbs, a flatter shoe is preferable. Take your time shopping around for exactly what your style calls for. It is also not uncommon for climbers to have multiple pairs of shoes to cater to the type of climbing they are doing that day. Around $100 for a good pair of shoes is a common price, while the most recommended brands are Five Ten and La Sportiva. To find some amazing and affordable La Sportiva shoes, check this out!

Gloves

The most practical use for the glove is protection against rope burn while belaying. These are gloves made usually out of leather and help the wearer belay a lot easier. In the event of a getting a rope burn, the climber might involuntarily take his/her hands off the rope, a terrible mistake on many levels. Using special gloves prevents a chain of accidents happening. One can opt for fingerless gloves as well, good for protection of the palm while leaving the fingers free for better grip. Liberty Mountain, Black Diamond and Metolius offer good gloves. Price come between $20 and $100 for the more premium builds.

BagsImage result for rock climbing bag

There are different type of bags that serve a specific purpose, such as chalk bags, rope bags and haul bags. For getting your supplies and mechanisms with you while climbing, the haul bag is used. The style of a haul bag makes it possible to store many supplies. If climbing is something you are doing frequently, you will build up your equipment very quickly. A good haul bag will hold most of your cargo without any signs of it ripping while still being able to be hold on the back when climbing. Brand such as Petzl and Metolius are known for manufacturing good quality bags which are made to prove the test of time. You can spend as much as $250 on a premium bag, but there are a lot of great products at lower prices.

Chalk

Chalk is used by climbers to absorb moisture from the hands that occurs while climbing. Due to it’s intense nature, rock climbing can give you a good sweat session, a problematic issue if you are trying to hold onto the wall! The moisture can decrease your grip and your overall performance will drop, especially on longer climbs. Chalk is carried in a chalk bag, which is then held tight by a carabiner on the climber’s harness. Some prefer to use loose, powdered chalk and pour it into their bag. Chalk balls might be of interest of those that tend to add to much chalk to their hands (this can affect gripping as well). With a chalk ball you are able to control the amount of material released which prevents over-spill. Chalk is relatively cheap and can be bought from any manufacturer. Test out different types and decide what you prefer!

Tape

Also known as “climber’s tape,” it is often used to prevent any potential injuries while climbing or to cover up any existing injuries. Medical tape is also very popular among climbers. Most of the time, the tape is wrapped along one’s hand or fingers to prevent scratches from the hard rock surfaces. Also, in case of getting scratched, one can easily patch things up with some medical tape. Most climbers always have a roll of tape in their haul bags, making them prepared for any incidents during the climbing session. You can find medical tape just about anywhere and it is advised always to have some in your bag. Who knows what might happen out there.

Rock-climbing specific clothing

As the sport advanced in competitiveness and popularity, the gear range became wider and wider. There are rock-climbing specific clothing designed to give you an edge while on the high mountains. If in the past spandex was all the rage, now rock climbers prefer to use baggier clothes. There are pants with a certain pattern around the crotch area that allows extensive ranges of motion while keeping warm in the high altitudes. For competitive climbing, lightweight clothing made out of active cotton is more commonly used since the sweat is absorbed fast and the skin can breathe more easily. Starting clothing prices start at about $30 for a pair of pants and $15 for a shirt.

Going rock climbing is all about having a good time and enjoying yourself! The truth is, that most items on this list such as the ropes, the belays or the harness, all have a direct impact on your safety. The quality of manufacturer directly relates to this.

If you are rock-climbing in a controlled environment, like an adventure park or training facility for example, risks might be kept to a minimum even with the lower quality gear. However, if you want to venture onto the great climbs many people in your group have stories about, or even want to start climbing outdoors, make sure you spend that extra dollar for great higher quality gear. Since your own safety is on the line, knowing what and where to buy are essential skills to own, as important as the rock-climbing skills themselves.

Buying from respectable, recommended brands would be a great place to start your shopping. You will have a greater piece of mind when knowing that your harness will not fail you or that the belay mechanism will not become faulty while you are belaying down the structure. It’s better to be safe than sorry, is definitely recommended.

Check out our shop! It’s a great place to start and it offers good prices for the best rock-climbing gear on the market. Plus, getting all you need from one store makes it a huge time-saver so you can spend more time outdoors!