Equipment checklist for sport climbing
- Rope - Use a newer one for on sighting or redpointing, use your older rope for working a route. A 60 metre rope is the best all-rounder.
- Boots - It's worth having two pairs: an older 'comfy pair' for warming up or working a route, and newer ones for on sighting and redpointing.
- Harness - to hold you firmly and securely and to distribute any forces or loads to as large an area of your body as possible.
- Belay device - self-locking belay devices like a GriGri are popular for sport climbing. Or other belay device. You'll also need a screwgate karabiner.
- Chalkbag and spare chalk.
- Quickdraws - (often abbreviated to 'draw') Generally 10 to 12 are enough for most sport routes anywhere in the world. There's no point in carrying 20 quickdraws to a crag which is only 10 metres high! Take a few long draws and a screwgate for the first bolt.
- Enough warm clothes.
Don't forget your toothbrush!
Other useful stuff
- Tooth brush - for cleaning holds
- Finger-tape - to protect damaged fingers
- Knee pads - for knee bars
- Rag - for drying wet holds
- 'Bale beaner' - an old karabiner that you don't mind leaving behind if necessary
- Ropebag - to protect rope from undue damage
- Clip stick - to help extend your reach
Steve is a professional climber and coach with a lifetime's experience under his belt. He is undoubtedly one of the best rock climbers in the world and has pioneered the hardest climbs in the UK including 'Overshadow' (9a+) and 'Mutation'. His climbing takes him around the world and, when back in the UK, is available for coaching - see his website
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