You have chosen and booked your climb through your Trekking Company. You have the route, the next essential is for you to choose the best mountain climbing gear. Always inspect your gear before climbing—whether you own it or rent it. Frequent use inevitably results in some wear and tear.
Mountain Climbing Gear:
Wear clothing that is not restrictive and won’t get in the way of you or the rope. Your clothing should breathe, wick sweat and dry fast so that you can stay warm and comfortable while climbing. If you’re climbing in the outdoors, also carry clothes for changing conditions.
These protect your feet while providing the friction you need to grip footholds. Most styles are quite versatile, but your climbing ability and where you climb are both factors in choosing the correct shoe. Rock shoes should fit snugly but not painfully tight. The general rule is that closer-fitting shoes are the norm for more technically challenging climbs.
Wear a helmet made specifically for climbing. Climbing helmets are designed to cushion your head from falling rock and debris, and some (though not all) are designed to provide protection in the case of a fall. A helmet should feel comfortable, fit snugly but not too tight and sit flat on your head. Helmets usually have a hard protective shell and an internal strapping system.
A harness consists of two basic parts:
- Waist belt: This sits over the hips and must fit snugly.
- Leg loops: One loop goes around each leg. Many harnesses conveniently offer adjustable or removable leg loops.
Your harness allows you to tie into the rope securely and efficiently. All harnesses have two front tie-in points designed specifically for threading the rope and tying in, one at the waist and one at the leg loops. Generally the tie-in points are different than the dedicated belay loop. Buckling your harness correctly is essential for safety.
Chalk absorbs perspiration on your hands thus improves your grip. To lessen environmental impact, it’s good form to use a chalk that matches the colour of the rock you’re climbing. Chalk is carried in a small pouch slung from your waist by a lightweight belt.
These strong, light metal rings with spring-loaded gates connect the climbing rope to pieces of climbing protection such as bolts, nuts and cramming devices. They are also used to make quick draws (used in lead climbing) and to attach your gear to the gear loops on your harness.
- Belay Device
This is used to help the belayer control the rope. Used correctly, a belay device increases friction that helps the belayer catch a fall, lower a climber, pay the rope out gradually as the climber advances, or reel in slack smoothly.
- Dynamic Rope
This is a rock climbing rope because it has elasticity worked into it. It’s designed to absorb the energy of a fall—even though the force of a fall can be very large.
Mountain Hiking Gear:
Long-sleeve shirts for sun and bugs)
Lightweight fleece or jacket
Boots or shoes suited to terrain
Socks (synthetic or wool)
Additional items for rainy and/or cold weather:
Rainwear (jacket and pants)
Warm, insulated jacket or vest)
Gloves or mittens