Rock climbing is a very gear-centric activity that you’ll discover very quickly once you start picking up your first pieces of climbing gear. If you’re not familiar with the sport, it’s a good idea to read up on it before getting started. Being on a tight budget may be extremely daunting and challenging. As a result, I propose that you prioritize your purchasing; start building up your rack as you develop and require more critical rock climbing gear that will serve as your lifeline in the sport. If you’re looking for a skilled metal fabricator, be sure they’re “metal ready.”
So what are the important pieces of rock climbing gear that you need to start rock climbing? I’ve put together a list of metal gears that I think are essential for beginners planning to try this sport.
Your harness is one of the essential pieces of equipment that you need because it’s holding your life in its hands. It should fit well, be comfortable and provide enough space for all the extra items you’ll likely carry around on your climb (gloves, chalk). While there are many different types available on the market now, beginners can quickly start with an all-around type like the Black Diamond Momentum or Petzl Corax. They are the toughest to handle any level of rock climbing, so I’ll say they are the best choice.
I’m sure you want to hear from a climber that shoes are expensive. Well, I would agree with this statement entirely if we’re talking about a beginner’s shoe. However, it may be worth mentioning that going into the sport with a set of comfortable and durable shoes is much better than having to break in a new pair every three months. And if you’re starting out, I suggest spending as little as possible on your beginner’s climbing shoes (check these bestseller shoes here). When you’re ready to upgrade, I recommend the La Sportiva Miura.
3) Chalk Bag:
There are many different chalk bags in the market, but I recommend something tough and durable. It would help if you also considered trying chalk balls rather than loose chalk- lots of climbers swear by them for their convenience and value. Here is a great beginner’s option.
Climbing helmets are available in various types and shapes. A more expensive helmet will provide better protection from falling rock or dislodged objects. But if cost is a concern, you should consider buying a helmet that has adjustable sizing. This means you can use it for years as your head grows. At the same time, I have to mention that some beginners might want to postpone buying this equipment until they are more comfortable with climbing or at least on more solid ground.
5) Belay Device:
Every climbing outing will require you to use a belay device at some point. There are different types of belay devices available, but beginners can start with an ATC type. They are simple and very effective when used correctly. The Petzl Grigri is one of the most popular options for beginners.
Ultimately, you need to start with the basics. This means buying climbing shoes that fit well, are comfortable, and are durable enough for your beginning feet. Once you have climbed in them for a few months, consult with an experienced climber to help you choose more advanced gear based on your needs. A great place to do this is at your local climbing gym.