1. Harness

The harness is the first protection of any climber. Defined simply, the harness secures the climber to the rope or anchor point. It is worn around the waist and thighs, and usually made of sewn nylon; foam and mesh are usually added to provide comfort for the climber.

 

 

2. Climbing shoes

A climbing shoe is no ordinary shoe - it is a specialized type of footwear designed for the sport and has three major categories: neutral, moderate, advanced. Choosing the perfect child or shoe is integral, so you must know at least the pros and cons of each child. Do not feel pressured though: even the most experienced climbers may still prefer a neutral shoe than the advanced type. It's really just dependent on usage and preference.

 

3. Carabiners

A carabiner is one of the most important gear in climbing. These small metal snaplinks have a gate that swings shut to close against the nose. There are different types and variants depending on the need. Binders (hose for carabiner) that have straight edges are reserved for clipping to gear. Some have threaded sleeves that can be screwed over the gate to ensure that it is tightly closed. You can check this for a more thorough breakdown of this handy gear.

 

4. Belay device

A carabiner is one of the most important gear in climbing. These small metal snaplinks have a gate that swings shut to close against the nose. There are different types and variants depending on the need. Binders (hose for carabiner) that have straight edges are reserved for clipping to gear. Some have threaded sleeves that can be screwed over the gate to ensure that it is tightly closed. You can check this for a more thorough breakdown of this handy gear.

 

5. Chalk and Chalk Bag

It's the same magic white dust that gymnasts and athletes use to have a better grip on their equipment: magnesium carbonate. Naturally a drying agent, chalk (in the form of a ball or just as loose chalk) is stored in a chalk bag that's slinged to your waist for easy access. Chalk your hands as often as needed to keep your hands dry and to secure that extra grip strength when holding on smaller holds and crimps. Do not underestimate your chalk bag - it does not only store the chalk but if it has another pocket for your keys or brush, that would be really great.

 

 

 

All gear is important but investing on a good harness, pair of shoes, chalk and chalk bag should be your priority. Once you transition to outdoor crags, more gear is needed. When doing sportsclimbing on bolted routes outdoors the additional gear needed is very limited. Take a look at this post to get to know whats needed: Quick setup to get you started on the real rocks